I have been playing music a long time. I started out scared as all hell the first time I played in public. "Fronting" the band, I didn't move one step from the mic stand and never let go of it either, for the entire time we played. My first cover bands were classic and southern rock with a fair mix of the blues. That never really changed over the years. As I began writing my own songs I was greatly influenced by all those songs we had played. The first songs, with my band Five O'Clock Shadow, were more about the music and less about the lyric. I developed my craft as a writer further, upon discovering and being influenced by some of the great Texas songwriters. In finding my voice in stories full of characters from everyday life my lyrics came to the forefront of my songs.
My song catalog of originals is well now over a hundred songs at this point. You will find elements of rock, country, folk and blues on my albums and on stage.
You want to know who I am? Listen to my lyrics. I am right there hiding in plain sight.See if you can figure out who I am, what I am talking about through the characters, the stories.See if you can tell the truth from the lie. The auto biographical from the completely fictitious.
Find yourself in the songs and stories. Make connections to a specific line, a name, a place.Isn't that what a song is supposed to do? Create a dialogue between the song and the listener? Transporting us back in time, whenever we hear it, to that moment we heard it the first time.I want to touch you with my lyric....make a difference. My words nestling into your emotion.
Artie Tobia: The Parade 2001
Five O'Clock Shadow: Still in the Way 2004
Artie Tobia: Chase The Sun 2006
Artie Tobia: Aberdeen 2015
Artie Tobia: Driven 2018
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~ Alternate Country .com
"If there were a time warp, these guys would easily be sharing a stage with all those British and West Coast bands. Perhaps they’re a bit too mellow for the likes of Led Zeppelin, but Bill Graham would have loved them."
~ The Quiet Corner Best of 2008 Robert Barry Francos
"...deeply personal songs… describing moments of American realism such as those sung by Bruce Springsteen.
~ Alex Halperin Standard Star/Journal News NY
Band Together ~ Cabaret Theater Bridgeport CT.
Rye Arts Center ~ Rye NY
Band Together ~ Fairfield Theater Company Fairfield CT.
BBKing's Blues Club NYC
NJ State Fair ~ Meadowlands NJ
Empire State Fire ~ Nassau Coliseum
Infinity Hall ~ Norfolk CT.
Shared the stage with
The Subdudes ~Towne Crier Beacon NY
Tanya Tucker ~Tarrytown Music Hall Tarrytown NY
Headlined BBKing's Blues Club NYC w/Matt Rae Trio
Dr. John ~ Paramount Hudson Valley Peekskill NY
Kansas ~ Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield CT.
Starship featuring Mickey Thomas ~
Paramount Hudson Valley Peekskill NY
CT Style ( Morning Show) ABC affiliate WTNH ~ New Haven, CT.
Working Man's Musician ~ White Plains NY
Westchester Living Arts~ Peekskill NY
WNHU ~ CT. Rocks w/Bob D' Aprile ~ West Haven CT.
WESU ~ Voice of the City w/JCherry ~ Middletown CT
WPWL ~ Jacque's Giant Hudson Valley Music Show ~ Pawling NY
Aberdeen released on 06/26/2015
#13 on AAA/AMA APD Chart
#15 on the FAR Chart
Alternate Root 66 Chart
Top Ten Song of the Week Alternate Root Magazine
Track of the Week Troubadour Show
CD of the month Pick Thomas Greener KVMR Los Angeles. "..his best cd Yet." Jim Clarke Lee County Courier Tupelo, MS
Supported American Idol Winner David Cook
Supporting slot with Legendary Chip Taylor at the Towne Crier, Beacon NY
Working on studio Album # 4 at the Loft Studios Bronxville NY
Supporting Slot with Kenny Wayne Shepherd at the Ridgefield Playhouse
The Big Apple Indie Music Series
Tobacco Road NYC
Bitter End NYC
Hill Country Barbecue NYC
Featured Artist of the Week ~ Alternate Root Magazine March 2012
Bitter End NYC
5th Annual Seaside Music Festival – NJ
Best Of the Gold Coast ~ Stamford CT. Winner’s Circle
Supercuts “Rock the Cut” Musical Ambassador
Georgetown Street Festival- CT
Coyote Maverick – Danbury CT
Watercolor Cafe – Larchmont NY
Dutchess Stadium -Wappingers Falls NY
35th Annual Norwalk Oyster Festival – Norwalk, CT
Oyster Arts and Music Festival 2012~ Rye, NY
The Winery At St.George Mohegan Lake , NY
Bitter End NYC
Harbor FEST -Mamaroneck NY –
Fusetv on Demand Vagabond (video) across the U.S.
Watercolor Café ~ Larchmont, NY
WPKN on air interview and performance w/ Bob D’ Aprile
Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Casino Uncasville, CT.
Best Of the Gold Coast ~ Stamford CT. In the Winners’ Circle
Sound Magazine’s Birthday Bash ~ Stamford, CT.
Bar East~ NYC
Oyster Arts and Music Festival 2011 ~ Rye, NY
Americana Music Association Conference and Awards Nashville