From the Lower East Side to the Hudson Valley and Woodstock, New York, from hymns to the light and the devil “hiding in the courtyard”, the Mateo & Dougan Band play atmospheric and groove oriented songs inspired by the intimate nature of the real folk blues. Steeped in Americana from folk to jazz to rock their new release, “Time to Fly”, features original songs by Carl Mateo, piano, guitar, keys, harmonica and vocals and emotive guitar work by Peter Dougan on acoustic and electric guitar.The rhythm section is mostly handled by the steady and uplifting grooves of Mr. Eric Parker on drums and the deep rumblings of Mr. Kyle Esposito on bass,
The songs on “Time to Fly” are stories of people and families struggling to find peace, as in “Seventeen Years”. Songs about the duality of escaping and embracing the world as in “Lay Down”, reaching way back for innocence and goodness in “Devil’s in the Courtyard”. “Hey English” is a funky reggae groove and celebration of lifelong love. “I’ll be Waiting” is the haunting lament of a man who knows he’s done wrong. “Revelator” is a full band rocking Gospel tune inspired by Son House’s acapella take on “John the Revelator”. “Lullabye Moon” with it’s funky guitar and harp harmonies is a young man’s rave upon the mountain. “Jake and the Bean” is an ode to a lost friend in a neighborhood that is seeing some rough times. The title cut, ”Time to Fly” is a release and a recognition, a waving of the arms to spread the sky.
Carl Mateo has shared the stage as a solo artist and band member with performers such as John Hammond Jr, Jorma Kaukonen, Robert Hunter (lyricist for the Grateful Dead) , Suzanne Vega, Larry Campbell, David Johansen, John Doe and X, Matt Guitar Murphy, David Bromberg as well as a who’s who’s list of “local” Woodstock Musicians including Marco Benevento, Simi Stone, Burnell Pines, Lindsey Webster, David Laks, Connor Kennedy Jerry Marotta, Ian Flanigan, Mr. Roper, Happy Traum, Aaron Lieberman from God Street Wine, Sal Miccio,Sarah Fimm, Sin City, and Naked, in venues such as Levon Helm Studios, Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY, The Knitting Factory and CBGB'S Gallery in NYC, The Iron Horse, Northampton , MA and Cafe Lena's in Saratoga, NY. Carl's release, "Big White House", was chosen in the top ten independent recordings of the year by the "Off the Beaten Track Radio Show" on WKZE.
Along with the Mateo & Dougan Band and his solo shows, Carl plays harmonica and sings in a roots blues trio headed by Robin the Hammer from the Five Points Band on dobro with Chuck Cornelis on upright bass. Carl also sings and plays keys and harmonica in The Hooligan Band, a roots, psychedelic rock outfit from the North East. Carl Mateo is a founding member of the Woodstock Harmonica Collective
Peter Dougan is a left handed acoustic and electric guitar player and a much loved music educator at The Rock Academy and The Woodstock Day School in Saugerties, NY. His deep knowledge and love of music theory and Americana, Peter studied Jazz Guitar in Graduate School at Berklee, shared with many of the next generation’s young musicians. Peter has played with the seminal Ithaca band, Mectapus, Gene Ween, Jay Collins and the Northern Resistance. He has shared the stage with countless great artists such as Larry Campbell, Happy Traum, Marco Benevento, Amy Helm, John Hammond Jr. and more.
Eric Parker has performed and recorded as a drummer with Joe Cocker, Steve Winwood, Phillip Glass, Ian Hunter, Bonnie Raitt, Lou Reed, Bob Weir and Kingfish, Cornell Dupree, John Hall and countless other artists both in the studio and on the road. Eric is also a songwriter and producer with major credits to his name.
Kyle Esposito is a Woodstock live and session musician on bass and guitar and is a band leader/singer songwriter and producer in his own right. Kyle has played and recorded with Dylan Doyle, The Meg Johnson Band, The Connor Kennedy Band, Naked, Nelson Esposito Quintana, Duke McVinnie, Tim Kapeluk and Sara Kramer Harris to name a few.
Josh Tyler and Paul Schiavo handle the rhythm section on “Seventeen Years”.
Ian Flanigan and Ava Mateo provide harmonies and depth with their unique voices on background vocals.
Dave Cook, shortly after moving to the Catskills, became the Chief Engineer at Dreamland Studios, He was there for ten years and was instrumental in making it a world class recording facility. While on staff there, he engineered records for such artists as the B-52’s, 10,000 Maniacs, Graham Parker, The Mighty, Mighty Bosstones, Suzanne Vega, Joe Henry, and many others. Dave’s discography and live audio work is extensive.
“Time to Fly” was engineered and produced by Carl Mateo in his project studio, Big Blue, and mixed and mastered by Dave Cook at his recording studio, Area 52 Studios in Saugerties, NY.