Joe Petillo - a true jersey shore legend
Long Journey Home
Meticulously yet warmly produced by singer-songwriter, Joe Petillo, Long Journey Home is the R&B, rock ‘n’ soul and roots music developed in the late ’60s at the mythic Upstage nightclub, honed into the Sounds of Asbury Park, and ripened here with age and a blend of jazz-inflected sophistication, exotic ethnic groove and occasional sweet pedal steel guitar. Some might call Petillo easy listening, but to others, he will recall mellow, lyrically strong singer-songwriters such as James Taylor, Loggins & Messina, Cat Stevens and Dan Fogelberg.
In an age when Asbury Park is powered more by indie rock, DJs, hip-hop and punk rock, Petillo might seem a relic, but if you listen closely, you’ll hear that he is an extremely talented and expressive songwriter who can sing his ass off and who has produced a lovely record culled from more than 40 years of original material.