"Those times when your decision to take a chance and check out a performance you might not otherwise have given a second look pays off big time. For me, it happened when I decided to attend a performance by folk rock band "The Lonely Ones."
The Lonely Ones from Rochester, NY write vocally driven songs that integrate traditional and modern folk. Their sound is resonant of the American countryside, wide open and rich with storytelling.
The band began as a duo in 2010, Levi Gangi (vocals, guitar, piano, songwriting) partnering with Samantha Thomas (vocals, violin). John Muoio (bass) joined the band shortly after and the trio recorded their first EP in 2011, "Desire & The Aftermath" at GFI Studios. The band recorded their first full length album in 2013, "Truth Is," featuring 10 tracks and recruiting Allyn Pridmore (The Cabin Killers, Mulberry Soul) to record drums.
In 2016, with their new drummer Kim Glover, the band embarked on their most ambitious album to date, "This Time Tomorrow," recorded at Red Booth Studios. The album features 12 songs in a range of styles, with guest Aaron Pridmore (The Prickers) on keys. John left the band in 2017 and their current bassist, Jay Chaffee (The Crawdiddies, Cotton Toe Three) joined shortly thereafter. In 2019 and 2020, the band went back to Red Booth studio and recorded three rock-infused songs that will be featured on an upcoming EP (you can hear a few of these new songs by going to the "listen" page). Look for the EP to be released by the end of 2021!
The Lonely Ones have played live at The Rochester Public Market Food Truck Rodeo, The Little Theatre Cafe, Lovin' Cup, Record Archive, WXXI radio, The New York State Fair, Cafe Veritas, The Genesee Country Village & Museum, The Clothesline Arts Festival, Sticky Lips BBQ, The Rochester Fringe Festival, Hollerhorn Distilling, Seven Story Brewing, Brew & Brats at Arbor Hill, Cottage Hotel of Mendon, Hook & Spoon, Battle Street Brewery, Fairport B-Side, and The Corn Hill Arts Festival, as well as many private shows (including a crawfish boil or two!).