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"Downtown", the new post punk-rock-n-roll cover song by Vicki F on Pilot Light Records, is now streaming around the world on platforms such as Spotify, Amazon, and Apple Music. "Downtown" was originally recorded by Petula Clark, who Vicki F cites as one of her earliest musical favorites and influences. The track was recorded at Norwalk, CT-based Factory Underground Studio, co-produced by Ethan Isaac and Tom Stewart. It was released by Pilot Light Records, a division of Factory Underground which began operations in 2023. Vicki F will shoot a promotional music video with Josh Shyloski and Marc Alan, who worked together previously on the "Late Night Train" music video by Tom The Suit Forst. Vicki F began her music career in the late 1970's performing with New Haven, CT-based punk rock band Troupe Dicoupe; the group performed regularly at Ron's Place, considered the most famous punk rock venue in New Haven at that time. Ron's Place regularly attracted acts such as the Ramones, the B-52s, and Blondie, along with notable local bands of the time, the Saucers, Sperm Donor, and the Poodles.

"Her arrangements are more stripped down than her early music....but there is no missing the original fire and punk rock spirit that gave her music breath from the very beginning.”

Building on their hard won success in New Haven, Troupe Dicoupe would inevitably find itself breaking into the NYC punk scene happening at venues such as Max's Kansas City and CBGB. The group had just become one of the first bands to move directly to a Saturday night slot at CBGB, when Vicki F decided to step away from the music business. "It was an especially tumultuous period," Vicki F said. "I don't know if I would have survived that time period [of the 70's-80's] if I hadn't gotten out of music when I did." Taking a break from the action, she poured her passion into a successful career as a lawyer, specializing in assisted reproduction and surrogacy. This might have been it for the accomplished musician turned lawyer, had it not been for the passing of a close friend who inspired her return to music. Since then she has not only reclaimed her creative fire, but ignited a growing secondary career as a solo music performer.

Her music today draws on diverse influences such as Patti Smith, Eddie Vedder, Joni Mitchell and Lou Reed. Her arrangements are more stripped down than her early music, a mix of folk-alternative and folk-punk, but there is no missing the original fire and punk rock spirit that gave her music breath from the very beginning.

Vicki F will support the release of "Downtown" with several shows planned throughout the northeast region into the Spring 2023. She will provide direct support for Wishbone Ash performing at Wall Street Theater on Friday, February 24, 2023, and for Tiffany also at the Wall Street Theater on Sunday, April 16, 2023.

Pilot Light Records presents: It Ain't Easy" from singer-songwriter Joshua Morris, a new album produced by Grammy winning-guitarist Paul Nelson.

"Morris's low-key country charm, at once humble and laid back, as it is genuinely disarming, belies his natural gift of lyrical storytelling, with a honey-whiskey voice and southern twang.”

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NORWALK, CT, USA, February 13, 2023 / -- Norwalk, CT-based record label Pilot Light Records has released an eleven song album by acoustic guitarist and singer-songwriter Joshua Morris, "It Ain't Easy," now available world-wide on all major streaming platforms. The album, a mix of alternative country, blues, roots-rock, and Americana, includes ten original compositions by Morris, and a bluegrass spin on Robbie Robertson's The Weight - Take a load off, Fanny!

Morris is a singer-songwriter with a low-key country charm that is at once humble and laid back, as it is genuinely disarming; it belies his natural gift of lyrical storytelling, delivered with a honey-whiskey voice and southern twang. His music and songwriting should take him as far in the music business as one can go.

A Kansas City, Missouri native who has spent a fair share of his life on the road, Morris feels most at home in Bokeelia, Florida, where he lives with his wife on a remote western coastal island. When he isn't touring and performing, and dodging the occasional hurricane, Morris enjoys the solitude and quiet time with family, fishing, and writing music.

"It Ain't Easy" was produced by Grammy Award winning guitarist Paul Nelson, best known for his guitar work with Johnny Winter. It was recorded at the Music Room in Cape Cod, MA. It features notable instrumentalists in the national blues-rock community, including Nelson himself; Nashville-TN music veteran Gary Morse, a career veteran pedal steel guitarist/multi-instrumentalist; Dennis Ludiker, 4th-generation fiddler out of Spokane, WA; Mike Dimeo, a high profile session keyboardist who performed with the Johnny Winter Band, who is himself a world-class rock vocalist; drummer Tim Carman, himself a 3-time #1 Billboard artist, who has been called "one of Boston's most accomplished percussionists" (Vanyaland); and vocalist Garrett Dutton, who is best known by the name G. Love, vocalist of G. Love and Special Sauce. The album also features a touching duet on the song "Looking in your Eyes" with 18-year old Zoe May, a promising vocalist from the Cape Cod, MA music scene.

Pilot Light Records is a new record label powered by Factory Underground Studio of Norwalk, CT. The goal of the Pilot Light label is to provide major label-quality support for emerging independent artists with advanced music marketing, and strategic artist development.

Pilot Light's parent company Factory Underground is one of the top recording studios and media companies in the northeastern United States. The company also started Factory Underground Tech in 2020, a nationally accredited audio production school, and Factory Underground Radio, WFUT-DB, which broadcasts on the TuneIn radio network.

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