Dirty Old Town recorded live at Larkin Square on July 29th 2015
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The Alison Pipitone Band has racked up their share of street cred, of course, warming the stage for a who’s who of rock pioneers and practitioners: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, the Bacon Brothers, Martha Wainwright, Barenaked Ladies, 5440, Lowest of the Low, Billy Bob Thornton Band, Michelle Malone, Vienna Teng, Exene Cervenka and Tarbox Ramblers. And while impressive – and that is impressive – it’s not making the difference that you hear. And there is a difference.
Certainly unique is the history: having boomeranged between both coasts, Alison settled herself in Los Angeles for a spell, long enough to help found an exciting, though ill-fated, rock outfit called the Monas. Feeling the shadow of grunge filling the canyons of Southern California, she exiled herself to Western New York, where she found instant acceptance in the local music scene, gathering honors, gigs, contracts, phone numbers and plenty of free drinks. But it wasn’t because she was the new girl in town, as Alison has proved her staying power having locked up the Buffalo Music Awards’ Top Original Female Vocalist Award for the last seven consecutive years. No slouches themselves, her band enjoyed the Top Original Rock Band Award in 2005.