New York City-based Americana roots rock trio Ten Ton Man releases their dark, emotional focus track “Ditty” from their debut self-titled album, independently released in November 2012 (Ten Ton Man Records). Recommended for fans of Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Lou Reed and Johnny Cash, Ten Ton Man is comprised of frontman Paul Livornese on lead vocals and guitar, Paul Triff on drums and Paul Dugan on bass. “Ditty” is the first of ten tracks on Ten Ton Man’s first album that offers a minimal, gritty, yet musically eclectic collection of songs with a lyrically dark slant.
Formed in 2011, the indie roots trio has been consistently performing in major NYC venues, including Pianos, Arlene’s Grocery, Tammany Hall and Spike Hill. They released their debut self-titled album in Fall 2012 that has already garnered positive reviews. Commercial Free UK raves about the band, “Ten Ton Man has very uniquely found the perfect recipe for Americana.” And Alexa Spieler from Review You says, “With Livornese on vocals, Ten Ton Man introduces listeners to vocal strength and talent not present in the music industry, until their arrival.”
The dark undertones of the single “Ditty” express the weariness of someone who has decided to leave a relationship that is no longer working in order to pursue a life he imagined. As with all of the tracks, Livornese wrote “Ditty” from his own life experiences while also striving to keep it relevant for everyone. With his smooth baritone voice, Livornese sings, Gonna lighten my load cause I need to/gonna put you on hold don’t want to hear you. “Ditty” also features Erik Della Penna on banjo, who has played with Natalie Merchant and Joan Osborne.