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Amateur Blonde

Amateur Blonde

AMATEUR BLONDE sounds like (in no order): Radiohead, Elliott Smith, Strokes, & The Beach Boys.

‘Amateur Blonde’ is the (band articulated) music of Ryan Roger O’Toole (RRO), a singer/songwriter originally from Phoenix, Arizona, now living in New York City. Formerly a film & television editor with experience in Sound Recording / Foley / SFX work, RRO made the transition back into composing music in March of 2010, after scoring one of his short 35mm optically-printed films, ‘Keep the Home Fires Burning’. This film went on to play nationally in many film festivals, including (most notably): ‘Ann Arbor Film Festival’, ‘Atlanta Film Festival’, and the ‘Mill Valley Film Festival’.

RRO has 10 years experience in music (prior to film), as a drummer, bassist, guitarist and pianist. He performs regularly at Pete’s Candy Store and Spike Hill open-mics. AMATEUR BLONDE has performed more than 30 shows with a full band and Ryan continues to play drums for The Downward Dogs, Nik Westman and the New York Plains, and lead guitar/piano/organ for Matthew O’Toole. AMATEUR BLONDE is releasing his first full length record in over 10 years JUNE 22nd, 2012 (previous recordings now lost). Please click on the ‘MUSIC’ page for to HEAR THE MUSIC.

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Tour Dates

Artist Country State City Venue Date
Amateur Blonde United States New York New York Sidewalk Cafe (Ave A / 6th Street) Jun 22, 2012
Amateur Blonde United States New York Long Island City LIC Bar Jun 25, 2012
Amateur Blonde United States New York Long Island City LIC Bar Jul 04, 2012
Amateur Blonde United States New York Brooklyn Spike HIll Jul 28, 2012
Amateur Blonde United States New York Brooklyn Bar 4 Aug 31, 2012
Amateur Blonde Cover
  • Amateur Blonde
  • Alternative, Singer/Songwriter
  • Amateur Blonde
  • 06/15/2012
  • Amateur Blonde
Liner Notes: All songs written, produced and published by Ryan Roger O'Toole copyright © 2012. Total Running Time: 38m 41s. Drums and Pedal Steel were recorded with engineer Brian Speaker at Brooklyn Tea Party Studio in Bushwick, New York. The Dobro Guitar (bequeathed by Uncle John, RIP) was recorded at the home-studio of Nick O’Toole, of Posi-Tone Records, in Lake Oswego, Oregon. ‘Waiting Place’ was recorded in Phoenix, Arizona at the O’Toole Family homestead. All other voices & intruments were recorded at home in Long Island City, New York. Brian Speaker mixed and edited the entire record, w/ some pre-mixing/editing by Nick O’Toole. Mastering by Adrian Morgan at Timeless Mastering http://timelessmastering.com/. Cover photography by Nicolas de Miranda www.anywaymgmt.com. Graphic Design and Layout by Maarten Kleyne www.mkleyne.com/ www.amateurblondemusic.com. PERFORMERS: Ryan Roger O’Toole - Voices, Guitars, Drums, Pianos, Organs & Omnichord on all tracks, except for: Jeff Gretz - Drums (Airplane Mode, Novocaine, Just Obey, Waiting Place, Chills, Scaffolding) Seth Fragomen - Drums (Leaving Time) Brendt Cole - Drums (Sobriquet) John Lang - Bass (Leaving Time, Novocaine, Airplane Mode) Peter Brendler - Bass (Sobriquet, Just Obey, Chills, Scaffolding) Matthew O’Toole - ‘Dobro’ Steel Guitar (Waiting Place), Bass (Waiting Place) Philip Sterk - Pedal Steel (Waiting Place, Leaving Time) Anthony Rizzo - Lead Guitar (Sobriquet) SPECIAL MENTION: The O’Toole Family & (no order) Nicolas de Miranda, Tim Pourbaix, Ben Kronberg, Brady Zelenka (FCP), Will Sweeney, Shane Tise, Aaron Balkan & Gabrielle Polt-Balkan, Gustavo Rodriguez, Alisha Trimble, Pete’s Print Shop (Brooklyn), Joe Yoga, Megan Kerper, Kristen Pitman, Brian Speaker, Jordan Ramirez, Craig Aiken, Danny Stoeller, Little Embers, Shelly Bhushan, Bruce Martin, RocketHub, Christian Coleman, She and the Sun, Adrian Morgan, Anthony Cekay, Shelterbelt, Tom Novotny, Andy Brooks, Sebastian Sanz de Santamaria, Andrew Tuttle (RIP), Nik Westman, LIC Bar, Rocket Hub, Gibson Guitars, Posi-Tone Records, Maarten Kleyne, and all those who have helped make this record a reality.
  1. Sobriquet
  2. Scaffolding
  3. Chills
  4. Just Obey
  5. In a Minute
  6. No Worries
  7. Airplane Mode
  8. Waiting Place
  9. Novocaine
  10. Leaving Time