Joe Dell pays his respects to his friend Thomas "Mootsy" Vetri
April 25, 2013
Joe Dell recieved the sad news about the passing of his close, dear friend Thomas "Mootsy" Vetri. The Mootsy name had been a part of the Sleepy Hollow band since day one. He has had his special blurbs on every Sleepy Hollow release and he is mentioned in the Goin' Over Musie Seedy Sales spoken section. Joe gave some special words on his friend, "Mootsy was a more of a brother than a friend. He has been in my life for 27 years and was a very important part. When I was young and going through the awkward time in my life all teens do, he helped build my esteem and taught me how to defend myself. He made me laugh when I was down. When my mother passed away, Moots sat on his front porch with me and consoled me and helped lift my spirits with some of deepest words I had ever heard from him at the time. I always thanked him for what he did for me. To be honest I would never had been able to go on stage with the confidence I had if it weren't for him. He loved me as well as his other friends and family. He took care of his little girl Munchkin better than any father could have. My heart goes to his daughter, mother & father, sisters and Flower. I loved him dearly and this is another piece of my hearth lost. Rest well my brother, I'll be seein' ya soon."
Joe Dell completes his masterpiece Goin' Over the book!
April 20, 2013
Joe Dell annouces that he has finished the book he has been hard at work on for over a year and a half. Let's get the words from his mouth. Joe Dell, "Yeah! It's finished! Thank God! I am drained from it all. Though it is fiction, I did put the worst times of my life in that book. I found myself crying at times while writing it. I am very happy with the outcome and the artwork will just top it off. I hope people read it with an open mind and look deeper into it, rather than just take it as a book about a drug addict. There are hidden things in the book, double meanings and even the artwork will have people thinking twice. As humble as I am, this is good stuff. I am grateful for my family and friends that have supported me through out the writing process. Now, back to the music!"
Joe Dell 2/3 finished with final write of Goin' Over book
April 14, 2013
Joe Dell has been hard at work with his new book Goin' Over which will be accompanied with the musie audio disc. He has completed 22 chapters and is hard at work completing the last 11 chapters. Joe is hoping to have the book completed within a week. The artwork is finished so all is needed the final transcript.
Joe Dell to start a new side project!
April 4, 2013
Joe Dell, legendary Keyboardist of Sleepy Hollow Band will embark on a new side project for the Spring. We caught up with Joe to ask him about the plan. Joe Dell, "Hey, what's up man? Yeah, I am going to attempt to create a band that I always wanted to be in. Well, let's put it this way, Spectrum Green was almost there. The first line-up, we had Triple B who was and will always be my guitarist counterpart, God rest. Breezy was a monster behind the kit and Soldier was an interesting bassist and song writer. We just lacked the vocalist to complete the unit, that is why the only remnents we have are on the Lazarus Project. Oh! and I believe Soldier is tryin to dig up some old jams for the re-release of the EP or something. Well, anyhow! After releasing my first solo song Later (Empty Home), I feel the confidence in my playing to get back out there. I always had this vision of the perfect band with Rob halford on vocals, Randy Rhoads on guitar, Jon Lord on Keys, Cliff Burton on Bass and Neil Peart on drums, and I guess the Good Lord is workin on puttin that line-up together too. Well, I am going to try to assemble a line-up that can competet with that one! I know it wont be easy, but, I feel there is alot of great talent out here in the tristate area to pick from! Of course, I have to get my book Goin' Over finished first, but, after that, I am going to start on the group of virtuosos! God bless!" More news at it comes.
2 years ago to the day Joe Dell was almost killed in a near fatal car wreck, we caught up with him for his reflection
March 27, 2013
2 years agao to the day, Joe Dell, famous keyboard player and vocalist of the legendary Sleepy Hollow Band was nearly killed in a car wreck in his home town where a 20 year old lady ran a stop sign and t-boned his Cadillac into a tree. Now, he is mended and ready to rock. We caught up with Joe for a few words. Joe Dell, "Yeah, wow! It's been 2 years already eh? My goodness, God is great. I should be dead. I wish they could post the x-ray of the break up so you could see how close I came to death. Ya know? I am truely blessed. I was banged up pretty badly. Had a wonderful doctor that helped prep me for healing. Now, I still have some pain and issues, but, minimal. Thank God. I can drive, play music, and do whatever I please. So many others are worse off. I had a wonderful woman at my side helping me through it all, even though we are divorced now, I will always be eternally grateful to her for her love and help. I was blessed with so many awesome people around me, much needed. Since then, I have written a book, wrote and recorded a song and created a comic strip. It feels good to be on the move. I thank God every day for the second chance." Joe is currently working on the completion of his book and will be starting a side project in the future. We have posted a memorial photo in the Gallery.
Taliesyn Overture up on website!
March 3, 2013
3 PM, March 3, 2013 saw the debut performance of Matt Schwarz's "Taliesyn Overture: The Legend of King Arthur" for orchestra (with electric guitar and narrator) by the Castle Rock Orchestra, led by conductor Matthew Rose. Aside from composing (and orchestrating) the piece, Sleepy Hollow guitarist Matt Schwarz played harp and guitar, while Shaw Quirk did some great lead piccolo and Ken Mervine did the narration narration. There's a little avante-gardish bit in the middle, representing the chaos in Britain before Arthur's steadying influence - a critic might say it was the result of the orchestra, conductor, and guitarist having different ideas of a particular tempo change, but don't you believe it!
Sleepy Hollow EP & Goin' Over cds dwindle down to handful!
February 21, 2013
The last pressings of the legendary EP & Goin' Over cds have dwindled down to only a handful and are only availible at CDBaby. Both albums will be remixed and/or provided with bonus tracks for the upcoming pressings that will be ready for release in the fall. You better get your hands on them now before it's too late!
The Taliesyn Overture by Matt Schwarz
February 11, 2013
March 3rd will see the second debut of a Matt Schwarz orchestral work - the Taliesyn Overture. Sleepy Hollow guitarist Matt Schwarz took a break from orchestrating his string quartet to arrange this work for the Castle Rock Orchestra's British-themed concert. The overture is an arrangement of a medieval-influenced metal song about King Arthur called "The Song of Taliesyn", which Matt wrote in his pre-Sleepy Hollow days in the 90s - a song which has yet to see a recording or live performance (although Matt has rehearsed it with other musicians over the years). The original arrangement was rather Iron Maidenish, but Matt later rearranged it in a kind of "Stairway To Heaven" acoustic beginning (with harp and flutes) that kicked into electric metal in the second half. When CRO leader Matt Rose mentioned he was planning a British-themed concert for the orchestra, Matt (Schwarz) played him a demo of "The Song of Taliesyn", and when Mr. Rose accepted it, Matt got to work on orchestrating it this past December. The orchestral version replaced the lyrics with a narration on King Arthur, but Matt decided to retain his harp intro (at least for the very beginning), as well as the guitar solo (which trades off with piccolo in a rather Tull-inspired move - to be performed by CRO first flutist Shawana Quirk). It promises to be a stirring piece of music. It will be performed on March 3, 2013 in Castle Rock, CO - check the gig page for details!
Joe Dell back to work on Goin' Over book!
February 7, 2013
Joe Dell has headed back to his novel titled Goin' Over which will contain the Musie disc that comes with the Goin' Over album. We caught up with Joe to get some words on how the project is advancing. Joe, "Well, I took a brief moment to record the Later track and now I am back, hard to work on the book. I am very happy I released the Later track, which is actually my first solo release, as opposed to the other SH memebers who have had solo releases many years back. It helped me ya know! Get over my divorce, thats why I had it released the day of the divorce. I also went in the studio New Year's Eve with Bob, God bless him, to leave 2012 on a high note. That was the very first track I laid down since my near fatal car accident in 2012. Makes me realize, I have it again. Now, it is time to attack the book! I want to get it right this time around. I have written well over 400 pages, but, now I am opening up the stories. I am finished with 11 chapters and have 22 to go. Let me clarify, I have the book written, I am expanding on the story. I don't want people to get the idea that the first 11 chapters are 400 pages! (laughter) My dear friend gave me an idea to help me with the 11th chapter, which led me to the grave site of my mother. It was rough ya know. I left there in tears, but, I think it was what I needed. Chapter 11 is the pivot point for the main character. I can't wait to get this finished and out there. I'm tellin' ya! It's gonna be good!" More news as it developes. Joe also informed us that there is a full length album on hold in lieu of the book.
Later (Empty Home) now availible on cdbaby and availible on itunes!!!!!
January 10, 2013
Joe Dell announces divorce from Annie Dell
January 10, 2013
Today, after 6 years of marriage and a 9 years relationship, Joe Dell had his divorce from Annie Dell finallized! We caught up with Joe to get some words on the situation. Joe, "Well, yeah...it's over. It was a tough decision to make, but, well, there was some issues and the marriage couldn't last. I still love her and will be eternaly grateful for her caring for me through out my mending period after my accident. It was one of those situations where a couple starts to part ways while still in the same home. This is the situation that was the main influence of my new song featuring The Model. When I was in the studio, Bob was working on the computer and gave me time to reflect on the lyrics and I realized that I wrote those words to Annie. I was in tears when I was laying down the high 8 in the chorus. After I left that night, I stopped by Annie's house and left the cd with the hand written lyrics on her bed. She is the only person who has the version with my vocals only...or ever will...." Keep your eyes and ears open for the upcoming track that should be released on itunes today!
Just a personal message from Matt "Mole" Schwarz to Joe Dell on the new song...
January 9, 2013
It sounds great - your vocals are good, the overall sound is fantastic. I hate to say it, but it sounds better than anything I did with you. Keep writing and recording - get your ass in gear on the new SH album!
Do you want me to put it up on the internet radio station?
Teaser for new Joe Dell featuring The Model track in songs now for listening and download!
January 8, 2013
We are excited to announce a teaser for the upcoming Joe Dell featuring Dana Tirico track Later (Empty Home)!!! Take a trip to the songs section of this web site and have an earful of the piano and orchestra track! The full vocal track will be offical released on itunes and other sound sites on January 10th!!! Get your points ready!!! Will be the best 99 cents you ever spent!!!
News Flash! The Model makes last minute trip to the studio!
January 7, 2013
Today, The Model, entered the studio today with legendary engineer Bob Both and laid down flawless vocals for the new Joe Dell song Later (Empty Home). The Model came in and tore through doubled vocals for the verses and put her heart and soul into the lead vocals for the chorus. We caught up with Joe Dell to get some words on the finallity of the song. Joe Dell, "My goodness, I am blown away. I mean, not egotistical or anything. It was a definate team effort. Though I wrote the song and all. Bob was a huge help as always, working me through the orchestrationas and vocals. Then we have Model, she was the vocal savior of the song. When she laid down the lead vocals on the chorus, I was reduced to tears. I will leave it to the listener but, I will tell you, she can give Clare Torry a run for her money! I can't wait for Thursday, it will be released on itunes offically." Keeps your eyes out for news of this release.
Joe Dell lays down vocals and Bob Both mixes new song!
January 6, 2013
Joe Dell has a successful trip into the studio today as he laid down all his vocal tracks for the new song titled Later (Empty Home). Bob Both had mixed it down and the song is ready for its released date on Thurs. Jan 10th 2013.
Joe Dell finished orchestration for new song!
January 5, 2013
Joe Dell finished up with the musical section of his new song Later (Empty Home) earlier today. Along with the base piano track, Joe has layered orchestral samples along with some Hammond organ. Joe will be joining Bob Both in the studio tomorrow in an attempt the lead vocals for the song.
Joe Dell to enter studio on Saturday!
January 3, 2013
Joe Dell will be re-entering the studio on Saturday to continue his work on the track! Joe will be laying down the orchestral layers and Hammond Organ on Saturday, he is hoping to have lyrics complete with the chance of dropping vocal tracks as well. Joe is planning to have the song recorded and mixed down and ready for release on i-tunes by January 10th.
Joe Dell lays down piano track for new song!
December 31, 2012
Joe Dell ends 2012 with a bang! Joe went in the studio with legendary engineer/producer Bob Both and laid down his piano track for his upcoming single titled Later (Empty Home). Rumor has it was done in 2 takes. Joe will be returning to the studio later this week to overdub orchestra tracks and eventually vocals. This is a crowning moment seeing it is the first song Joe has written and recorded since his near fatal car accident back in 2011. More news as it comes!
Updates on Joe Dell's book and new song!
December 19, 2012
Word on the streets are that the forth coming Goin' Over book penned by Joe Dell is in it's final stages of editing. He is revising it a third time and it should be the last. He also has been hard at work on the new song "Late(Empty Home)". Joe is almost finished with the music section and has written several lines. Sleepy Hollow plan to see the new year in with many changes and along awaited creations. There are also rumors of a studio visit for the recording of their 5th studio album which is going under the name of Right On as of yet. More updates to come in the future. Keep your eyes and ears open...along with your mind!
Joe Dell anounces the final part to his Trilogy of Romance!
December 16, 2012
Joe Dell announced yesterday that he has been working on the third and final song that will link together with the first two in his Trilogy of Romance. We caught up with Joe and asked him about the song and its developement. Joe, "Yeah, it's finally coming to life. I had written the first song titled Two Too Late back in 1999 and recorded it with Sleepy Hollow in 2000 and released on the EP. The second part was written in 2002 I believe and was actually recorded in 2003 as Too Late for the Sleepers with alternate lyrics for a hidden track on the 1st pressing of Goin' Over. It was later properly recorded in 2007 as Too Late for the Legend album with the original lyrics. Now, I have decided to write the 3rd and final song in the trilogy titled Late (Empty Home). I am actually working with The Model, who is an old, dear friend, who has a magnificent voice that could melt the steel on a battleship. I have written the intro, verse and ending. I have lyrical ideas that will be developed when the music is complete. I will be going in to record it with Bob Both. Mole and I have spoken about how it will be released. It may be a 3 song vinyl EP. Don't know yet." Joe has also stated that he will make an announcement on Jan 10th that will coincide with the lyrical structure of the song.
Bonus tracks to be on next pressing of EP!
November 13, 2012
The band is happy to announce that there will be bonus tracks on the forthcoming pressing of the original EP that was released in 2000. We caught up with Joe Dell and asked him about the decision. Joe Dell,"Ah yes! Bonus tracks! (laughing) We like putting those on things don't we. Well, I have Soldier digging in his archieves for some Spectrum Green rehersals. We had some great jams and I would like to commemorate Triple B, but, if there is nothing that we can use, We are throwing around the idea of using a bootleg from a live show from the early days. I think that would be nice for all the kids who didn't get a chance to experience the Sleepy Hollow Band back then. We are also digging around to find the original 8 track demo we made at Backstage in '99. So much to choose from, but, its all up to sound quality and availibility."
Matt Schwarz completes scoring of the first movement of his Symphony No. 1
November 1, 2012
This week, Sleepy Hollow guitarist Matt Schwarz printed out a 31-page score for the opening Allegro of his Symphony #1! The symphony, an arrangement of Matt's String Quartet in d-minor, is in the classical tradition of the great masters, with the traditional scoring of 5 string sections, 4 pairs of woodwinds, brass, and percussion (including the somewhat larger percussion section of more modern classical music). Matt has retained the classical model of 4 movements (Sonata-allegro, Adagio, Scherzo, and Rondo), although some of his non-classical influences are present (the opening movement contains a gypsy-folk melody from Matt's Sarabande days, while the closing Rondo movement has some Iron Maiden harmony-guitar influence). The remaining 4 movements are mostly complete in a string quartet form, and Matt will work on orchestrating them this winter with the possibility of a performance by the Castle Rock Orchestra in 2013!
Sleepy Hollow Legend...13 year anniversary of the band's name sake
October 31, 2012
13 years ago from today, in a legendary room where music bands would rehearse called "The Pink Room", a band of four men from Sleepy Hollow wrote a song of the same name. They gathered on October 31st of 1999 and sat behind their instruments in a candle lit room that resided in Lodi, NJ. They let the spirits of the land, which was once an old cemetary, guide their hands and creating a song titled Sleepy Hollow. 13 years later, 5 different pressings, including a limited vinyl pressing and thousands of sales later, we celebrate the start of a Legendary Rock Band. Tonight, remove your copy and place your laser or needle on the track titled Sleepy Hollow and turn the lights off and sit back and enjoy the best musical rendition of the Washington Irving classic. Happy Halloween from Sleepy Hollow!
Sleepy Hollow EP cd now out of stock for 4th pressing!
October 26, 2012
News Flash! Sleepy HOllow have ran out of their forth pressing of the legendary EP that was released in late 2000 that broke the mainstream and changed rock hostory for ever! They brought back the retro sound and art rock and help boost prog at the same time while opening the door for the old metal acts to come back! Now, after thousands of sales world wide, they have sold their last batch of cds and will be making a 5th pressing that will be different than the last pressing. No word on what those changes will be but we will update you when the next group is pressed.
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Joe Dell to create new comic strip for newspapers with his cousin Rob Morosca
October 14, 2012
Joe Dell has been a busy little beaver since he has been healing from his near fatal car accident. He is writing a book, music for the new Sleepy Hollow album and now has a new endeavor with his cousin Rob Morosca. It is a comic strip based on Joe Dell and his family titled "It's a Misterable Life". There is a link to the forthcoming web site that will host the strip and its progress reports of the same name. Joe is excited, as with all his other projects, he is planning on raising the bar. We had a chance to speak with Joe, "Yeah, the idea actually started with some cartoons that I drew for my nephew Jimmy Julian. My father had passed away before he was born, so I drew a cartoon version of him and would talk on skype with JImmy and use the drawing as a puppet. I did the same with others. Then I decided to post it on facebook for friends and family to have a good laugh, who knew my father. Then my cousin Robert, who works for a newspaper out on Staten Island saw it, and started to come up with ideas for a strip. So, I started to draw more family members and such. Now, Rob usually comes up with the nucleus of the idea and I draw the strips and ad little neuances to enhance the humor. I think they are pretty funny! It is good, clean, old fashioned humor." Look for the strip in the near future, check out the site and for goodness sake, CALL YOUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER AND REEQUEST "IT'S A MISERABLE LIFE"