2009-03-06 / Community

Roosevelt Dime's Time Has Come

By Nicholas Briano

Roosevelt Dime, whose lead singer hails from Belle Harbor, recently released their debut album. Roosevelt Dime, whose lead singer hails from Belle Harbor, recently released their debut album. Voodoo Dixie Country Soul, that's how a Belle Harbor native describes his band and their unique sound.

Roosevelt Dime is based in Brooklyn, but their lead singer, Andrew green, has deep Rockaway roots.

The band's sound is heavily influenced by the basics of bluegrass, but it incorporates aspects of folk, blues, rock and some country. Mix that in a blender and you have Roosevelt Dime's distinctive sound. With Green on banjo, Eben Pariser playing bass and Tony Montalbano on drums, their music combines the sounds of old Americana with modern pop and alternative country.

When originally formed in 2006, the trio decided to take a chance on making rock inspired banjo music. Green admits it was an odd setup at first, but once they started creating music and playing shows, their sound quickly began to take shape. In March 2008, they decided it was time to put together an album to showcase their unique brand of music.

The album "Crooked Roots," was recently released independently. An album release party will be held on March 19 at Grasslands in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. "The first wave of feedback is so positive, inspiring and extremely exciting," Green said. "There was so much effort and love and it's great that people are appreciating our music."

Green, who began playing guitar at the age of 13 while living in Belle Harbor, says music was always a part of his family. "I would listen to my parents playing mostly Beatles music. They got it all going for me," he said. "Everyone in my family was involved in music."

Although he currently lives in Brooklyn, Green still calls Rockaway home.

"In Rockaway, the beach is the first thing that comes to mind, because growing up here, there was never too much of a music scene," he said. "But as far as Rockaway goes, it will always come down to the summers on the beach. People can't believe how nice it is when they see it. I always push people to take advantage of what I think is the crown jewel of New York City."

Green thinks the outlook for Roosevelt Dime is bright; they are already talking about ideas for their second album. However, he remains realistic about their chances of success in the always competitive New York City music scene, where Green says, on any given night you can walk into a club and hear great music of any genre.

"I know we won't go to top of charts with this type of music, but in the city there is a strong interest for it. Therefore, we hope to one day bring it to a nationwide and maybe even a worldwide audience," Green said. "We do have a unique enough sound and are thinking about staying in this for the long haul and will continue to make our music." Roosevelt Dime plans on playing more shows throughout the city to support the new album and stand out among the other countless acts in New York City.

"It is tough doing gigs in the city and competing so much," he said. "But I believe we have really solid product to stand behind which will help us bring our music to a wider audience."

Information about Roosevelt Dime and upcoming shows and can be found on their Myspace page at myspace. com/rooseveltdimemusic.

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