Taking Our Show on the Road to Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne, Cleveland & Rochester…

We covered quite a bit of ground on our last radio tour, with the first stop at WDSY Y108 in Pittsburgh. At Y108 we met up with on-air personality and program director, Stoney Richards, who does the weekly drivetime show. Musician Joey Sykes and my record promoter, Larry Pareigis, President of Nine North Records / Turnpike Music, both accompanied me on this radio tour and it was great to have that kind of support around me. Larry commands a tremendous amount of respect in country radio, dating back to when he helped to break The Dixie Chicks. Joey Sykes and I performed for everyone down at WDSY and we gifted Stoney Richards with our promotional “Me Time” and “I Don’t Feel Anything” t-shirts.

Next, it was off to “Froggy” 94.9 (they also broadcast on 103.5 and 104.3 in their region). Everything over at “Froggyland” radio is frog themed, even down to the deejays’ names. We hung out with deejay, David Hopperfield, who was very sweet. After a lively conference room performance for the Froggy crew, we joined them for dinner. David was a professional drummer at one time in his career, so we had that musical kinship. Before leaving Froggy, the station had me record a station ID promo where the written copy actually required me to “ribbit” like a frog. I felt better when I was told that Carrie Underwood and many of the biggest artists who had come through their doors were also compelled to croak the radio station’s famous “ribbit,” so I’m in good company! Afterwards they gave me a fun swag bag full of stuff from “Froggyland,” including a giant coffee mug that I use every morning :).

When we moved on to Cleveland, Program Director Charlie Connelly and DJ Chuck Collier, at WGAR 99.5, had me perform a live acoustic set in their radio station’s studio. Charlie and Chuck were very sweet and receptive, and since Charlie is originally from Long Island and misses his NY Islanders hockey team, I brought him a goodie bag full of Islanders gear, which he loved.

After Cleveland we moved on to Fort Wayne, Indiana and WBTU U.S. 93.3 where we were greeted by Assistant Program Director AJ Maguire and Colin, the station’s music director. I pre-recorded an on-air performance of “Me Time” for WBTU and AJ told me about a recent contest the station had where they offered a generous reward for whoever could locate and recover the “9” that was mysteriously stolen from their 93.3 sign out front. The listener who found and returned the station’s missing 9 donated his reward of $10,000 to a local homeless shelter.

WBEE 92.5 in Rochester, NY actually invited their listeners to come down to the radio station to watch me and Joey Sykes perform. After performing for their listeners I did a Q&A and autographed photos for everyone. These spontaneous concerts are some of my favorite radio appearances because I actually get to meet country music fans and thank them for their support and enthusiasm for my music. And it was on the Rochester stop on our radio tour where I created my “Lisa Matassa Minute” video blog where I began posting video journals of my experiences on the road and posting them to my YouTube channel. We shoot the Lisa Matassa Minute right on my iPhone and it’s pretty raw and organic; a video journal of this amazing journey I am on.

Performing @ Long Island Ducks Stadium For Freedom Fest 2011!

I’m still elated after my performance at this year’s Freedom Fest at the Long Island Ducks Stadium on Long Island, New York. The July 3rd country music concert brought country music fans from all over Long Island, and all over the Tri-state area. It was a beautiful day as we packed our kids into the car and headed out to the stadium for my sound check for the concert. As our car approached Long Island Ducks Stadium at Bethpage Ballpark, I noticed WJVC My Country 96.1 FM banners, a huge stage set up on second base, and an entire field covered with barricades set up for the fans. It was hard to believe that all of this was for me and the other country music acts.

As we entered, one fan approached me saying, “You’re Lisa Matassa, right?” When I replied, “Yes,” he said “Knock’em dead today. I’m a big fan!” Another highlight of the event was meeting all of the other country music artists that performed with me at Freedom Fest. I was able to mingle and talk with the guys from Badhorse, Due West, Jacob Lyda, Sarah Darling and Jaron And The Long Road To Love. All of the artists were so friendly and fun to hang out with.

When it was time for me to go on, I walked down this long hallway and staircase and it was great to get that high as I stepped onto the baseball field to sing the National Anthem for the packed stadium! Military personnel, including color guards from the Marines, Army and Navy, were there in celebration of July 4th weekend. As I belted out, “the bombs bursting in air,” fireworks went off and it was simply breathtaking! JVC My Country radio personality, Phathead, then introduced me as “Long Island’s First Country Artist,” and my band and I performed five songs. Three of the songs I performed were from my EP, Me Time, which included: “Wouldn’t You Like To Know,” “I Don’t Feel Anything,” and “Me Time.” I also performed “Somebody’s Baby” and the title track to my upcoming LP, Sunrise Highway. I sang the song “Sunrise Highway,” last and the crowd went crazy! They were literally singing right along with me, memorizing the never-before-heard lyrics as fast as they all could to keep pace with me.

My band members at July 3rd’s Freedom Fest on Long Island included: Colin Smith, Tony Bruno, Brett Bass, Simi Stone, Mike DiMeo, Phil Cimino and Bobby Guy Graziose. As I walked off the stage the fans were reaching for my hand and telling me they loved my performance. I also received a nice note from one of the guys in the Marines saying what a great job I did on the National Anthem.

Upon exiting the stage I was asked to do an interview with Fios 1 News. I was then escorted, along with all of the other artists, to the event’s autograph signing table. I gave out autographs for an hour, signing everything from cowboy hats and cowboy boots to clothing and even assorted body parts :). I also took tons of pictures with the fans. I truly enjoy all of those special moments just as much as the fans do who came out to support me and the other country music performers at 2011’s Freedom Fest.

Thank you all for your ongoing support! XO

97.5 WALK FM Mentions My Music and Long Island Country

Long Island radio station 97.5 WALK FM has posted a headline about me and my music on their website’s homepage asking their listeners if there is a “New Country Star on Long Island?” It’s definitely an honor to be mentioned by WALK FM, which has been a staple in Long Island radio for years, especially since they generally play a top 40 format.

Maybe another sign that the Long Island Country sound is really taking root in New York?! What do you guys think?

Have a look at this headline towards the lower middle of the page – http://www.walkradio.com And please request my song “I Don’t Feel Anything,” either by email [email protected] or through Facebook!

Me Time Launch Event

Thank you to everyone who came out to support me at my launch event to celebrate the release of my EP album, “Me Time,” and the premiere of my music video for my single, “I Don’t Feel Anything!” The event was a huge success and we got a ton of press coverage. Everyone from WALK 97.5 FM, Newsday.com, Hamptons Magazine and Dan’s Paper to Plum TV and even TMZ were there, and of course my peeps from WJVC’s My Country 96.1 FM were there as well!! JVC radio personality Phathead, introduced me and I performed a live set of my entire EP, talk about adrenaline!

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano came up on stage and issued me a citation, declaring me Long Island’s very first country recording artist, big shoes to fill and I promise I will not disappoint you.

Took some amazing pictures on the red carpet with my talented band, celebrities who turned up to support me and, most importantly, my beautiful family!