Over the past 40 years, the Freelance Vandals have been one of the most legendary bands on the Long Island music scene. During the height of the band's popularity, they opened shows for such artists as NRBQ, Dr. John and John Hiatt and received positive reviews in such publications as Creem Magazine, Variety, The New York Times and Newsday. Join the Freelance Vandals Mailing LIst
While primarily a blues band, The Hideaways channel elements of old R&B, country, rockabilly, instrumental surf and jazz which infiltrates their sound; all the while delivering a rapid-fire performance that has the energy and drive of a live show by the Ramones and The Clash. Join The Hideaways Mailing List
Jim Treutlein, a longtime veteran of the local music scene, is widely known as a "songfinder" whose mastery of the Americana genre always captures the hearts of a live audience. His latest release, Couldn't Shake It If I Tried, is an excellent collection of Americana songs by local songwriter Dee Harris. Join the Jim Treutlein Mailing List.
Johnny Pierre has been active as a songwriter since 1966. As a songwriter, JP enjoys writing in several different musical genres; Americana, Blues and Rock & Roll. One of the original founding member of the Freelance Vandals, Johnny currently records and releases his own solo recordings as well performing with the Americana Rock band, the Biscuit Kings. Join the Johnny Pierre Mailing List
Jersey Joe is an Americana Blues duo featuring Joe Lipinski & Joe Tellmann.
Born in Brooklyn, Joe Lipinski is the lead singer and main song-writing force behind the Jersey Joe Band. Lipinski has worked with a wide variety of musicians over the years. From 1974 to 1977, Joe founded, performed and operated The Monk's Inn Coffeehouse at the University of Dayton; this provided Joe the opportunity of meeting and playing music with a wide variety of local players. In 1980, Joe released his first official album. In the following years, Lipinski and Tellmann played together in various combos. It was then decided that Lipinski would combine his songwriting skills with the musicianship of guitarist Joe Tellman and the Jersey Joe Band was born!
Ohio native, Joe Tellman, is the co-arranger/writer, audio engineer and musical guru behind the band's recordings. Over the years, Tellman has made quite an impact on the American blues scene. At the age of 16, Tellman won an award at the international Blues Challenge in Memphis. By the age of 20, Tellmann shared the stage with Stevie Van Zant at the Reykjavik Blues Festival and with "Steady Rollin" Bob Margoin at the Dayton Blues Festival. Now in his 21st year, Joe Tellmann is the co-arranger/writer, audio engineer and musical guru behind several upcoming Jersey Joe albums which will be released by Mind Smoke Records.
M.C. Osso was a true renaissance man who spent his life expressing himself through the creation of music, paintings, photographs and graphic designs before passing away due to cancer in 1998. As a musician and songwriter, M.C. had many influences; Bob Dylan and Devo among them. All of these artistic influences instilled a unique personal life view in M.C. that demanded spontaneous expression at all times. Join the M.C. Osso Mailing List
The Wonk Bros are a 70's pop rock band featuring Jack Finch, "Diamond" Ray Finch and Johnny Pierre of the Freelance Vandals. The band was formed in 1998 and the band's lineup currently consists of Raymond Finch and Johnny Pierre.
Nick Sassone was a renowned jazz musician who was based in the Long Island area. His only album release was Swinging Down The Lane; a selection of jazz standards from the 1930's. Each year, on Nick's birthday on June 24th, Mind Smoke Records releases another track from his album in memory of this great jazz artist.