From the Lower East Side to the Hudson Valley, from hymns both to the light and to the Devil “hiding in the courtyard” the Mateo & Dougan Band play atmospheric and groove-oriented music steeped in Americana from the real folk blues to jazz to rock. Their new release, Time to Fly, features original songs by Carl Mateo, (piano, guitar, keys, harmonica, vocals) and emotive guitar work by Peter Dougan. The rhythm section features the steady pulse of drummer Eric Parker (Joe Cocker, Steve Winwood, Bonnie Raitt, Lou Reed, Bob Weir and Kingfish), and the supple bass of Kyle Esposito (Dylan Doyle, Connor Kennedy, Duke McVinnie).
"Time to Fly’s" songs range from the struggle to find peace in “Seventeen Years,” to escaping and embracing the world in “Lay Down”; from seeking a return to innocence in “Devil’s in the Courtyard,” to celebrating lifelong love in “Hey English.” “I’ll be Waiting” is the haunting lament of a man who knows he’s done wrong, while the rocking gospel-tinged “Revelator” takes inspiration from Son House’s a cappella version of the traditional “John the Revelator.” “Lullabye Moon,” with its funky guitar and harp, is a young man’s rave upon the mountain, while “Jake and the Bean” is an ode to a lost friend in a neighborhood 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.
As a solo artist and band member, Carl Mateo has shared the stage with performers such as John Hammond Jr, Jorma Kaukonen, Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, Suzanne Vega, Larry Campbell, David Johansen, John Doe and X, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, David Bromberg.. He’s worked venues such as Levon Helm Studios and the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY, the Knitting Factory and CBGB'S Gallery in NYC, the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA, and Cafe Lena in Saratoga, NY. On the Hudson Valley’s WKZE, Mateo's solo release, "Big White House", made Off-the-Beat-n-Track Radio Show’s Top Ten Independent Recordings of the Year list.
Peter Dougan is a left handed acoustic and electric guitar player who shares his deep knowledge and love of music theory and Americana as a music educator at the Woodstock Rock Academy and Woodstock Day School. Peter studied Jazz Guitar in graduate school at Berklee and has played with the seminal Ithaca, band, Mectapus, Gene Ween, Jay Collins and the Northern Resistance. He has shared the stage with greats such as Larry Campbell, Happy Traum, Marco Benevento, Amy Helm, and John Hammond Jr.
Mateo engineered and produced Time to Fly in his project studio, Big Blue, in Saugerties, NY and mixed the album at Area 52 Studios with Dave Cook, whose credits include the B-52’s, 10,000 Maniacs, Graham Parker, Suzanne Vega, and Joe Henry.
"Time to Fly" is now available worldwide on multiple platforms, including Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music Amazon music, Pandora, and CD Baby, as well as directly here at mateodougan.com.