April 24, 2012, 5:08 pm
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: New York City Americana/Blues band THE GOTHAM ROOTS ORCHESTRA (GRO) release their self-titled Debut EP on Nono/Nona Recordings.

CONTACT: Dana Whitco/Ben Yudkovitz @ Rock Fire Management •                                 Email: • Website:

THE GOTHAM ROOTS ORCHESTRA’s self-titled debut EP is a collection of live takes (no overdubs) completed in one five-hour recording session, plus the field recording of the final track, Mighty Jesus. From The Band-influenced strains of Goodman Hero, the guitar boogie of Mississippi Bound, the apocalyptic roadhouse cover of Steely Dan’s Black Friday, the bilingual blues-rock of Dark Stone (Ay De Mi), through the battle hymn strains of Mighty Jesus, GOTHAM ROOTS’ unique musical and lyrical poetry defines this debut.

THE GOTHAM ROOTS ORCHESTRA (GRO) first formed in New York City in the late summer of 2012 at INTAR Theater in Hell’s Kitchen. Led by guitarist/composer/producer (and Guggenheim Fellow) Cristian Amigo, the bilingual GRO are music veteranos who use American roots musics, bad-ass guitars, and ready-to-stomp beats as a reference point for their chingón sound. Featuring anti-stupid songs about regular folks, dogs, comadres, veterans, black coffee, villains, capitalists, heroes, La Migra, repo men, SEX of course, and the NOW Americano life.

GRO is: Cristian Amigo – guitars, vocals; Angela Babin – guitars, tres, vocals); David Gould – bass; Diablo (Gonzalo Martinez de la Cotera) – drums

“I describe the sound as Americana, blues and beyond. One moment a slow, sex-infused blues, then a dark, raucous version of Steely Dan’s Black Friday. It’s like that.”  – Cristian Amigo (GRO guitarist, singer)

“GRO’s songs and grooves are a tribute to the American roots music and musicians that inspire us.”    – Angela Babin  (GRO guitarist)”


GOODMAN HERO a John Lennon-inspired blues rock tune has all the gusto of the arena rock anthems that brought the house down when rock-n-roll was rock-n-roll. MISSISSIPPI BOUND boasts a rollicking road trip song sure to get people up and dancing. The early-era ZZ Top gritty guitar blues pumps and pops in all the right places.”

“This is the best roots band I’ve heard in years! You can’t help but know that they are going places. Great songs, Great players, Great grooves. I love GRO!”
– Elizabeth Ziff of BETTY and the L WORD

< The Gotham Roots Orchestra is available for interviews and appearances. Press info and photos are available. Contact [Dana Whitco/Ben Yudkovitz:] for more information. > # # #


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