A proven songwriter Artie Tobia (pronounced Tuh Buy Uh) offers his follow up effort to his successful 2015 release Aberdeen, which reached number 13 on AAA/AMA APD Chart, number 15 on the FAR Chart, Alternate Root 66 Chart, Top Ten Song of the Week (Title track ~ Aberdeen) Alternate Root Magazine, Track of the Week (River of Tears) Troubadour Show, CD of the month Pick Thomas Greener KVMR Los Angeles. ” Artie Tobia may come from New York, but he has that Down South essence to him that screams “true American music.” Indie Band Guru
And Now… Red Tail Hawk Records is proud to announce the release of Driven his fifth album which marks Tobia’s debut as a producer alongside co-producer, Al Hemberger (The Loft, Bronxville, NY). “ I took a co-producer credit on Aberdeen, but this project I feel like I really “produced,” taking my creative vision to the end with no compromise,” he exclaims.
Riding the wave of 2015 success of Aberdeen kept Artie engaged in performing opportunities, sharing the stage with Tanya Tucker, Dr. John, Kansas, Starship, The SubDudes, Blue Oyster Cult, Richie Kotzen and most recently POCO. His busy schedule made it difficult to get in the studio. Finally time was set aside in early 2018.The result is that Driven puts on display the fortitude that has kept Tobia going over the years despite adversity, challenges and life pulling him in different directions.
The Americana Roots Rocker’s reflective songwriting transports the listener via an excursion of 13 tracks touching on personal topics such as a life-long fascination with automobiles, secrets harbored, love lost, gained and of course as always, characters he brings to life through his lyrics.
Phoenix is only the introduction to a conscientiously curated album from Tobia. “ I wrote about nine of these songs over a three-week period in December 2017. They had an instant cohesion I felt was lacking in some of my previous records. I rounded the song selection out with a handful of other songs I had written previously that tie in thematically. We went into the studio and recorded all the songs over two days, that is Driven.”
Phoenix, though a slight departure from his traditional sound for some fans, is just a fun song that carries a motivational message. The “a cappella” intro grabs the listener, pulling them into a visual time machine creating pictures reminiscent of the doo-wop characters found on a street corner during a simpler time when life was not so complicated. The tune inspires a relentless unforgiving approach to overcoming the impossible, highlighting triumph over frequently insurmountable situations and odds. Contrasted by the whimsical guitar work of Fuzz, it is a song few will find fault with and most will love! Phoenix will have you singing along with the masses by the song’s end and hitting the replay button to hear it again. As a car guy himself, Artie is delighted that it has found a place with classic car enthusiasts.
“ I purposely placed Phoenix at the end of the album as a way to serve notice. I am still coming with bigger and better music. I am not done, I will not be deterred.” Shine on Baby will be the second single dropping in January.