Songs from the Stoop
A native-New Yorker, singer-songwriter, Jim Quealy resides in Nashville, Tennessee, where he performs solo and with writing partner Nola Shepherd, regularly around town. He's been writing for himself and other artists. Winner of the 'New York Songwriters Showcase Grand Prize.' also winner of Musician Magazine's 'Best Unsigned Band.' Songs From The Stoop ***'Three-star recommendation' John Roos, LA Times Recorded at Studio One, Anaheim, CA, Produced by Richard Bredice 'Songs From the Stoop' the follow-up to Quealy's impressive debut album,'Far From the Real World ', is a winning 10-song collection of heartfelt songs played by a tight, hard working ensemble,that shows no signs of sophomoric slump.' John Roos, LA Times. In 1994, Jim was awarded Musician Magazine's 'Best Unsigned Artist.' Soon after, Jim decided to record an album and do some live shows. He went into the studio with some friends he had been doing club gigs with James Shattuck on drums, Mike Panno on sax, Greg Morgan on guitar, Ray Rosales on bass, and Mike Hamilton on guitar. The album was produced and engineered by Steve Wood at his recording studio in Laguna Beach, Ca. The Album, titled, 'Far From the Real World,' was recorded during the first two weeks of December, '94. The first week, the band went in each evening and recorded the songs live. The second week was for overdubs and mix downs. The album was released to critical acclaim in March of '95. Later that year Jim and his band played live shows to promote the album including sold out shows at the Galaxy Theatre, Santa Ana, the Troubadour, Hollywood, and the Coach House, San Juan Capistrano. During the next two years, Jim wrote a bunch of new material which the band played live in local clubs. The songs were sounding tight and it was time to record their follow-up album, 'Songs From the Stoop.' This album was produced and engineered by Richard Bredice at his studio in Irvine, Ca. Jim and his band, The Noisy Neighbors, spent the next year laying down tracks with special guest artists: Richard Bredice, on guitar and Greg Leize on pedal steel, lap steel, and dobro. Jim wrote the songs about life out in the world. Most of these compositions were born from observing people out there on the street, and in the news, whereas, his last album dealt with more personal issues. This record was also released to much acclaim in the spring of '98. Another five-song CD, 'Runaway,' was also recorded during the 'Stoop' sessions. In 1999, Jim recorded an acoustic folk album in his home recording studio. All songs were recorded solo with guitar, vocals, harmonica, and piano. The album was titled 'When You Run In 2005, Jim completed the Blueprints project, which consisted of 3 CD's of songs performed solo on acoustic guitar or piano. They were titled Blueprints Vol 1, 2 and 3 After moving to Nashville in July 05, Jim started working on writing and demoing songs for other artists to record. A collection of some of that work can be heard on the 'Nashville Sessions' Jim comes back to LA to play Every few months, so if your in that part of the world, get on the mailing list.