Alison Pipitone has enjoyed an incredibly loyal following throughout her 22 years in the WNY rock/indie music scene. Under her belt: Nine albums, thousands of performances across the U.S., hundreds of print and radio interviews, scores of TV appearances…in other words, a storied career in music. Pat Shaughnessy on drums has been her solid backbeat for a dozen years; Graham Howes has been her lead guitarist for ten years; Natalie Howes on backing vocals for the same. Their shared history has ultimately produced a sound that is simultaneously tight and loose, always confident.
Her music has a distinctly American sound, alt-rock injected with equal parts of punk, country, blues, and folk. It is true that the band can veer to the left or right of any given style, but Pipitone’s voice remains instantly recognizable at the center.
Awards: 17 music awards including 10 times as Top Female Vocalist, three times as Top Original Band, and two Lifetime Achievement Awards (from NightLife Magazine, Buffalo Music Awards, WBNY Music Awards, and Artvoice Best of Buffalo). In September 2016, Alison won the prestigious Jim Lauderdale Songwriter of the Year award from the Sportsmens Americana Music Foundation.
Performances: 100-150 shows a year at festivals, clubs, bars, conferences, and colleges in cities including Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, New York City, Kansas City, Boulder, Boston, Philadelphia, and Toronto. The band has shared the stage with Joan Jett, Barenaked Ladies, Willie Nile, Sloan, Lilith Fair, and Exene Cervenka.
Discography: Nine Alison Pipitone/Alison Pipitone Band albums (six on her own label); appearances on many compilation albums including Tunes 4 Food: Redemption Day, which also features Nils Lofgren, Heart, Jackson Browne, Melissa Etheridge, Willie Nile, Yoko Ono.