"A definite must for the bluegrass crowd, and big thumbs up for country and jam-band fans"
-The Celebrity Cafe.
Cornmeal has never been a band to shy away from reinvention and after over a decade, they are proving just that as the band sets out with a newly reformed lineup, a fresh energetic sound and heads back into the studio to finish their long awaited first studio album after almost 6 years. A nationally recognized live music institution, Cornmeal is heavily influenced by American roots and folk music and seamlessly blends lightning fast tempos and impeccable harmonies into an unrivaled live performance that continues to expand upon the five-piece acoustic-electric groups’ vast musical repertoire. While steeped in the tradition of the past, Cornmeal continues to forge a path all their own, pushing the boundaries of bluegrass, Americana and folk for a whole new generation of music lovers. With a growing fan base and ever-evolving sound, Cornmeal challenges the recipe of bluegrass and live performance.
With the release of their debut album "In The Kitchen" (2001 Livin' Live records), Cornmeal secured its place as one of the top bands in its genre. 2003’s “Tales from Magic Stone Mountain” (Livin’ Live records) garnered much critical attention and became a staple on College and AAA top 10 lists throughout the country. In May of 2006, Cornmeal released their third album, “Feet First”, which became proof positive that Cornmeal’s tenure on the road brought on an honest and mature sound. Produced by former guitarist Kris Nowak and bassist Chris Gangi, "Feet First" features a strong confidence in songwriting, musicianship and the ability of this band to stylistically ride the fence and bring it back home without missing a step.
In the beginning of 2010, Cornmeal released their first live album, “Live in Chicago, IL Vol. I” (2010 Livin’ Live Records), an album that pays tribute to the fans. Towards the end of 2011, Cornmeal released the follow up, “Live in Chicago, IL Vol. II” (2011 Livin’ Live Records). During this time the band went into the studio set to record their first album in over 5 years. Self produced by bassist Chris Gangi and tracked in Chicago at the prestigious Rax Trax recording studios, the process was cut short due to lineup changes and the album was shelved. After almost a year of auditions, rehearsals and wood shedding new material the band is poised to return to the same recording space to finish the album polishing the old material and setting forward with a new sound, new songs and a fresh perspective on the future.
While playing a blend of high profile venues, jam-band and bluegrass festivals to thousands nationally, Cornmeal has been a main stage act at some of the most renowned festivals in the country. These festivals include Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Magnolia Fest, Wakarusa Music Festival, and Summer Camp Music Festival as well as having performed on multiple stages at Bonnaroo, All Good Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, 10K Lakes, and many others. They pride themselves on the energy they put forth each night creating an unrivalled live performance that continues to shape itself into an energetic one of a kind experience. “Live in Chicago, IL Vol. I & II” prove that Cornmeal continues to be a band to watch out for. Every show they play is a unique experience that leaves fans begging for more.
There is a Zen saying, “Paths cannot be taught, they can only be taken.”
Ed Balduzzi, a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, who was born and raised in Syracuse, New York, chose a musical path from a young age. With the help of supportive parents, including his father who once sang in a barbershop quartet, Ed’s early experiences in music included piano lessons and recitals, school concert band and jazz combo (alto saxophone), and school chorus. At age seventeen, Ed fell in love with the acoustic guitar, began writing his own songs, and the instrument has been a catalyst ever since.
While living in Syracuse, Ed was a founding member of the “Tumbleweed Jones Band”, a popular local cover band, and also began a songwriting partnership with fellow guitarist Brian Todd Wetmore that lasts today. Calling themselves “The Thicket,” the two have thus far recorded three independent works: ‘American Sunrise’ (2000), ‘Knock On ‘(2005), and ‘Live…in the Thicket’ (2009).
In the fall of 2005 Ed Balduzzi moved to San Diego, California and his musical journey continued. He performed in both large clubs and intimate coffee houses, neighborhood bars and wine bistros, this time mostly as a solo acoustic act. It was while living in San Diego that Ed wrote, recorded, and co-produced a collection of six songs entitled ‘On This Road’(2013).
In early 2012 life’s journey took Ed back to the east coast, living this time outside of Washington, DC in Reston, Virginia. Having moved to a new area once again, music remains the one constant, and Ed Balduzzi currently performs all around the greater DC area as a solo acoustic act, and with the Ed Balduzzi Band, affectionately known as “ebb.” Ed also occasionally still plays with the “Tumbleweed Jones Band” when he is in the Syracuse area, all the while continuing the collaborative effort with Wetmore, “the Thicket.” He is also currently pursuing a degree certification program in Pro Tools audio engineering/recording at Northern Virginia Community College, with notable instructor and musician Sanjay Mishra.
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