COMMON MAN, with words and music by Joe Iadanza, is a folk-rock love letter about trust, starting over, and charting new relationships. Filled with deeply personal stories, rich symbolism, anthemic hooks, and a classic production vibe, this beautiful sounding record is a leap forward for Iadanza in terms of songwriting, delivery, and production. COMMON MAN brings his beloved 1970s storytelling style into the twenty-first century.
COMMON MAN respectfully nods its head to artists like Cat Stevens, Harry Chapin, Leonard Cohen, and Bruce Springsteen, and yet confidently owns its own voice; a voice that has truly found something to say.
COMMON MAN, Joe Iadanza’s third studio album after his critically-acclaimed debut, “Traveling Salesman” (2008), and his sophomore follow up, “All in Good Time” (2010), was recorded live with minimal overdubbing and surrounded by His Beautiful Band in Johnny Montagnese’s forty-year-old Carriage House Studios; the Grammy winning home of works by Paul Simon, The Pixies, Beyonce, and Diana Ross.
Featuring Joe’s favorite ‘wrecking crew’, including co-producer Jagoda (drums) , long-time collaborator, Craig Akin (bass), “professor” Paul Silverman (Hammond organ/piano/keys), and the incredibly talented Sophie Buskin (harmony/backing vocals), every player supports COMMON MAN’s rich arrangements without overshadowing them; showcasing the unique styles of each band member and giving them all room to shine.
Mixed by Jon Castelli (Macklemore, Kesha, Khalid) who co-produced and mixed Joe’s first album, “Traveling Salesman”, before moving to LA and training under the legendary Tony Maserati. COMMON MAN gets the a-list mixing treatment that many independent releases lack. The beautiful and subtle mastering work by Dale Becker (Neil Diamond, Donna Summer, Aretha Franklin) taking Jon’s mixes and finishing them with luscious warmth and detail.
released July 2, 2019
JOE IADANZA: Vocals & Guitars
JAGODA: Drums & Percussion
CRAIG AKIN: Bass
PAUL SILVERMAN: Hammond Organ, Piano & Keys
SOPHIE BUSKIN: Harmony & Backing Vocals
Recorded by Johnny Montagnese & Engineered by McLee Mathias at Carriage House Studios, Stamford, CT.
Mixed by Jon Castelli at The Gift Shop, Los Angeles, CA.
Mastered by Dale Becker at Becker Mastering, Los Angeles, CA.
*Rainbow Shine: Lyrics by Luke Dixon and Joe Iadanza.
Born of Italian immigrants and union activists, Joe Iadanza understands the passionate struggle of the American dream.
Recalling Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, and Cat Stevens, this Long Island native’s music is rooted in classic folk: honest and raw. Iadanza has been heralded for his deeply personal songwriting, and fluid, percussive guitar playing....more