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Singer/Songwriter Bill Rotella Recalls Tom Petty And Roger McGuinn On New Solo CD

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Bill Rotella Breaking up may be hard to do, but it can be pointedly humorous as well. “I can’t hide the tears/That I never cried,” confesses singer/songwriter Bill Rotella on “When You Left Everything Went Right,” the first single from his latest album, All Roads Lead Home. In the early ‘80s, Rotella was a founding member of Baywood, a Southern California-based roots-rock band that became regional favorites on the concert circuit but lacked the then-mandatory major-label push for mainstream success. On his own, Rotella, the son of Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
1915 - 1998
vocalist
and Dean Martin
Dean Martin
Dean Martin

vocalist
songwriter Johnny Rotella, is able to draw from decades of personal and professional experiences to produce a boldly self-confident and sleek solo effort reminiscent of Tom Petty and Roger McGuinn.

“When You Left Everything Went Right” is certainly among the highlights here. It’s a brutal kiss-off to an ex; however, it is executed with knife-sharp wit and free of angst. Country music is often stereotyped as “cry in your beer” balladry but there is no weeping from Rotella here; instead, it’s an overwhelming feeling of liberation from a sinking relationship. The rocking “Back At It Again” seems to be a continuation of Rotella’s newly found freedom. Musically, the song crackles with youthful energy.

Rotella is equally effective when he slows the tempo down. “Monterosso” is an acoustic beauty, an awe-inspiring marriage of poetry and folk music. But much of All Roads Lead Home finds Rotella in an upbeat mood. “Shameless” echoes McGuinn’s jangly majesty while “Honey on a Razorblade” packs a wallop with its killer riffs.


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