"Singing and playing, presenting songs and connecting with an audience,
is more fun than anything else that I can think of or imagine. It seems the audience always has fun, and I know that
Antonio's most recent CD of original tunes, "Life Shakes", was released in
February, 2014. The tight and hot studio band included Mark Stuart (guitars and vocals), Freebo (fretless bass), Ed
Lesser (drums), and Stacey Earle (vocals). This release was timed to coincide with the conclusion of a daytime career
in social service work that began in 1976, almost as long as he's been singing and playing guitar and harmonica.
if you recognize this one", a CD of Antonio's interpretations of covers, was released in 2010. That record included
the Talking Heads tune "This Must Be The Place". In 2012, Antonio's version of that song was included in the
film of the same title that starred Sean Penn and Frances McDormond.
"Nobody brings more passion to
the stage than Antonio" says veteran singer/songwriter/industry professional James Lee Stanley.
sings and plays for the joy of it. His shows are more than concerts. They are entertainment.
Dylan songs at parties and a first band in high school ("yeah, we had an electric accordian; the Flying Wedge.")
led to dabbling in coffeehouses during his years at Penn State. ("I've been chasing and following my passion for music
along with a daytime career for about 40 years now.") Accompanying himself on guitar and harmonica and singing cover
songs, mostly in bars, with an occasional festival and/or spot as an opener (including being in line-ups with Grammy winners),
kept Antonio busy until 1992. He played with Episode, a dance rock/cover band based out of Allentown, PA, from 1992 - 2003.
solo acoustic work in 1996, along with the band dates, turned into songwriting, and in 2000 the CD of 10 original songs "straydog"
was released. Antonio's 2nd CD, "What Do You Want From Me", released in 2007, delivered more original songs
marked by the rock/folk/pop influences that removed him from the sandlot and stood him on a stage.
"You know how
kids hold thoughts about what they want to be? I wanted to be a baseball player, but when I saw The Beatles on the The Ed
Sullivan Show, something happened!"
"The sensation of sharing energy with an
audience arouses passion in me. Music has a presence and a life of its own. I am trying to share it, and I am attracted to
the possibilities. I am trying to honor my passion".