By Mark Scheer firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tonawanda News
Tonawanda News — Anthony Tripi has long believed in the healing powers of music.
Which is one of the reasons the North Tonawanda resident chose the title “Big Medicine” for his band’s latest CD, a collection of new songs set to debut on Sunday.
“We’ve all experienced the soothing quality of music and how it gets us through tragedies and how, when we have good times, it helps us share them with people,” Tripi said.
Tripi has been singing, playing guitar and writing songs since he was a teenager. The Western New York native spent most of his childhood in Indianapolis, later moving with his family to the East Coast. He returned to the Buffalo area when he was in his 20s. At age 23, he completed a four-and-a-half-year stint in the U.S. Coast Guard, returning home with not much more than “$40 and 11 songs.” In 2002, as part of a band featuring his brothers, Tripi turned his songs into his first CD titled “No Ugly Kids.”
Since then, he’s remained active in the local music scene. At age 49, the father of three, who runs a financial firm in Niagara Falls, said he’s as excited as ever about playing music he loves in front of audiences he appreciates.
“It’s in my DNA, I think,” Tripi said. “I can go back as far as the fifth grade when I picked up my first instrument. Music helps me make sense of things and helps me feel deeply connected to people when I play.”
Tripi’s latest effort, “Big Medicine,” features Jack Thurman on guitar, Jim Wynne on bass, Ashville, N.C. native Dave Pressley on drums and percussionist Andrew Daniels. Tripi says the songs on the CD are rooted in classic American rock with sounds from the Louisiana Bayou and other influences mixed in. He described the tunes as “picturesque,” designed to tell stories to listeners.
“That’s the quality I was really looking for,” he said. “It has those styles of American music that I think have really influenced me. It’s really strong guitar-driven and percussion-driven music. It’ll make you think, it’ll make you feel or it’ll make you move.”
Tripi and his fellow band members will be holding a CD release party starting at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Sportsmen’s Tavern, 326 Amherst St. in Buffalo. Copies of “Big Medicine” will be available for sale. There is a $5 cover charge at the door. To hear and see Tripi perform, visit www.reverbnation/tripi. For more information about Tripi and his band, go to Tripirocks.com.