Performing at “Vets Rock: A Salute to Our Veterans” at the Brookhaven Amphitheatre

On September 18th, I performed at the Vets Rock concert event at the Brookhaven Amphitheatre on Long Island, with proceeds benefiting the Vets Rock organization to help veterans in need.

Produced by JVC Radio Broadcasting’s country music station, My Country 96.1 FM, the Vets Rock concert was an all-day outdoor country music festival that boasted a turnout of 7,000 Long Island country music fans! Vets Rock turned out to be even bigger than last July’s Freedom Fest on Long Island. If this large turnout isn’t a sign that country music is taking root on Long Island, I don’t know what is!

The show began at 1PM and went until 9PM that night, with platinum selling country artist Eric Church as the concert’s headlining act. Other popular country artists who performed included: Thompson Square and The Jane Dear Girls.

I opened the show with the National Anthem, after being escorted to the stage by a local American Legion Post motorcycle group on a Harley Davidson motorcycle. I returned to the stage once again, later in the show, to do my 35 minute set. I sang 9 songs, both from the Me Time EP and from my upcoming LP, Sunrise Highway. Amazingly, there were audience members singing along with me to “Me Time,” “Sunrise Highway” and “I Don’t Feel Anything.” I have My Country 96.1 to thank for supporting my music and giving me the airplay that has allowed people to become so familiar with my music. I also want to thank the musicians I worked with on stage: Tony Bruno, Bobby Guy, Jules Radino, Simi Stone, Greg Smith, Colin Smith and Mike Dimeo. I am blessed to get to work with such a talented and accomplished group of musicians.

After the main part of my set, I read a poem written by a Vietnam Veteran named Walter Mooney. The poem was a poignant piece that expresses what freedom means from the point of view of a veteran who has fought for our freedoms. I then performed a song called “We’re All The Same,” written by songwriter Sheira Brayer who was in the audience. The Broadway Youth Ensemble, a group of young professional Broadway performers, sang backup for me and provided the harmonies during this song. “We’re All The Same” is a great patriotic song with a profound message: if danger came to our world there would be no racism, no prejudice… we would stand together as brothers and sisters and learn to love one another.

Country music has a way of bringing people together. I saw fans in the crowd line dancing together, socializing with one another, and the concert was truly a family affair with a lot of children in the crowd. You can feel a warm camaraderie between country music fans that you don’t always see at other types of concerts.

After my set I signed autographs for over an hour, signing everything from “Me Time”    T-shirts to boots, hats, posters and pictures. Fans of all ages, from little kids to Veterans in their 60s and 70s were lined up for autographs.

Radio Promotion & A Photo Shoot for My New Album, “Sunrise Highway”

Lisa Matassa, Sunrise Highway

This month has been jam packed with radio interviews, promotional appearances and photo shoots.

On July 13th we headed out to Fire Island, New York to shoot pictures for the album art for my upcoming LP, Sunrise Highway. The title track, “Sunrise Highway” is about those young care-free days, growing up on New York’s Long Island, cruising down Sunrise Highway in a Camaro, feeling free and dreaming big! We wanted the pictures to reflect that image and we captured it.

My team was able to secure a 1969 Chevy Camaro for the photo shoot, and we chose great locations by some open road, on the boardwalk, and next to Fire Island’s lighthouse. As sun gave way to clouds the sky took on a purple and blue-gray haze which ended up looking amazing in the shots as I posed in front of the car. What a great affect! It’s like those clouds rolled in just for us, and then the sun showed its face again.

On July 14th I did a live interview on the “Phathead in the Morning” radio show down at WJVC My Country 96.1 FM. This was a special interview, where WJVC played the world radio premiere of my new single, “Sunrise Highway.”

After performing a preview of “Sunrise Highway” on July 3rd at Long Island’s Freedom Fest, JVC radio personality, Phathead, made me promise to premiere “Sunrise Highway” on JVC’s My Country 96.1 FM. They have been a great supporter of my country music recording career, and of course, I obliged. On July 14th, a little after 8:30 AM, WJVC My Country 96.1 FM played the world premiere of “Sunrise Highway!”

During an on-air interview with Phathead, we talked about my upcoming West Coast radio tour, my July 3rd performance at Freedom Fest 2011, and plans to shoot a new music video in Nashville for the title track of my EP, Me Time. We also discussed the meaning behind my new song, “Sunrise Highway,” which pays homage to my hometown of Long Island, NY and following those dreams that are in the distance, down that highway of life. The lyrics to the song begin, “Seventeen with a black Camaro and Bon Jovi on the radio…” It’s about keeping your eyes focused straight ahead, and turning the dreams of your adolescence into your reality. It’s how I try to live my life. For those who don’t know, Sunrise Highway is a main thoroughfare that runs across the south shore of Long Island.

Before leaving the radio station I was asked to sign some country guitars to be displayed in the WJVC studio. For the remainder of the month of July, my new single, “Sunrise Highway” is available to download for FREE at JVC My Country 96.1 FM’s website, LICountry.com . After this month, you can purchase the song Sunrise Highway at iTunes or through my website.

Don’t forget to call in to WJVC My Country 96.1 FM and request my new single, “Sunrise Highway!” 🙂

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

On Fire Island, Promoting Freedom Fest with WJVC My Country 96.1 FM

I just spent the day promoting Freedom Fest 2011, an amazing country music concert event that will take place tomorrow, July 3rd, at Long Island Ducks baseball stadium at Bethpage Ballpark, in association with WJVC My Country 96.1 FM.

My Country 96.1 did a 4 hour live broadcast from Flynn’s on Fire Island, New York. During their 4 hour broadcast I did a live interview with JVC radio personality Phathead. We spoke about my ongoing promotional live performance and radio tour for the continuing promotion of my EP Me Time. After my interview, I performed an acoustic live set on the air with musician Colin Smith. Atlanta-based fellow country music act, Badhorse, also performed live on the air for My Country 96.1.

One of the elements that make this ongoing journey so spectacular is that my husband and children are living this experience right along with me. Today my two kids were right there on Fire Island with me, meeting everyone and watching me give my radio interview and my performance.

The owner of Flynn’s, a Fire Island landmark for decades, was also interviewed by WJVC. Tomorrow’s Freedom Fest at Long Island Ducks Stadium will be spectacular!

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!

Performing At WJVC My Country 96.1 FM Radio Station

I had a great time performing for everyone down at WJVC My Country 96.1 FM! I sang “unplugged” acoustic versions of my singles Me Time, I Don’t Feel Anything and Wouldn’t You Like To Know for a packed conference room of radio execs – nerve wracking but amazing at the same time. It’s incredible that WJVC launched Long Island’s first country music radio station right when I was launching my country album, Me Time. This is definitely meant to be! I had two amazing musicians, Colin Smith and Brian Gabriel playing in the room with me.

As we were performing, more and more people from the radio station packed into the conference room and it was standing room only!!  After singing my heart out I signed pictures for everyone at WJVC and did an on-camera interview with WJVC My Country 96.1 FM radio personality Phathead, who has been so sweet and supportive of my music career. Our interview later aired on Fios News 1 on Fios cable’s channel 1.