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      January 22, 2013


    Nick and The Ovorols are preparing the release of their debut studio LP Telegraph Taboo early next year – an album that finds the Chicago-based foursome injecting deep soul, spirited guitar-driven rock and even a bit of psychedelia into their heavy bedrock of electrified blues.

    The group is lead by vocalist and guitarist Nick Peraino, a native New Englander who moved to Chicago in ’98 to pursue studies in jazz guitar at DePaul University. A strong passion for blues music was a deciding factor in choosing to attend college in Chicago. Peraino toured extensively throughout the Midwest in 2003-2004 promoting his post-college roots-rock band Nick Peraino and Blue Moon Risin’. He also wrote and produced their debut album Noisy Picks and Humbars. In 2005 he began playing alongside local Chicago underground blues legend Joanna Connor. He continued to perform locally and tour nationally with The Joanna Connor Band where they played regularly scheduled shows at Chicago’s Buddy Guy’s Legends, Kingston Mines and The House of Blues. In 2009 Peraino was personally invited by Grammy Award winning harmonica legend Sugar Blue to join a two week tour of Europe to perform in a number of showcase events.

    In 2011 Peraino’s move from sideman to frontman was realized through a shift in consciousness, after a bad turn of events led to a positive outlook on life. An unfortunate visit to the emergency room in February of 2011 led to Peraino’s diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease. He came upon newfound confidence and a burning desire to become a band leader. Shortly after forming Nick and the Ovorols with guitarist Carlos Showers, bassist Vic Jackson and drummer Lance Lewis in the late summer of 2011 they held a five-month residency at Chicago’s famed blues venue Kingston Mines. Kingston Mines MC Frank Pellegrino is calling Nick “one of the best young, up and coming talents.” Earlier this year the band decided to record one of their weekly Wednesday night shows and the album Live at Kingston Mines was born.

    Nick and The Ovorols have shared the stage with many greats such as Sugar Blue, Buddy Guy, Larry McCray, Taj Mahal, Jimmy Herring (Allman Bros, Widespread Panic), Carl Weathersby, Jim Belushi, Stanton Moore (Galactic) and others.

    Nick and The Ovorols’ Telegraph Taboo will be available January 22, 2013 in CD and Digital formats.

    Telegraph Taboo Tracklist:
    1. Take The V Train
    2. Chitown via Greyhound
    3. Heed The Words I Say
    4. Honey Please
    5. Mojo A Go-Go
    6. Hey, Mr. President
    7. Try Me
    8. Day To Day
    9. Half of Two
    10. Soundtrack to Life


    Tony Bonyata
    Pavement PR
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    e: tony@pavementpr.com

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    • Nick and the Ovorols founder Peraino has a formidable set of pipes, with the passion to put them to dynamic use. – BLURT MAGAZINE
    • Nick And The Ovorols waste no time in getting down to the nitty, gritty, greasy bizness on their debut studio album Telegraph Taboo. If you thought Gary Clark Jr.’s “Bright Lights” nailed the midnight blues vibe, Nick And The Ovorols’ “Heed The Words I Say” takes things even deeper into the darkness and bumps up the tension another notch; The lack of major-label backing has no bearing on what’s to be found on this little beast of an album. These folks can play. - JAMBANDS
    • Nick and the Ovorols' debut album "Telegraph Taboo" is a modern blues rock classic. This is an album that crosses generations. Pulling from the best of the past, it will have remaining relevance for a very long time. Projects that are this good are rare in any time, and this album's release is really a special moment.Essential. - RUST MAGAZINE
    • Innovative, intoxicating and original. – ROOTSTIME / BELGIUM
    • Fusions of blues and rock don't come much grittier than Nick and the Ovorols, - KDHX RADIO: ST. LOUIS
    • Nick and the Ovorols are a smoking hot blues-rock band. On parts of Telegraph Taboo, I am fondly reminded of ZZ Top's Deguello - one of my favorite blues albums. And Peraino's very strong, expressive voice is a bit reminiscent of Warren Haynes'. In fact, if you're a fan of the blues-influenced rock of bands like Govt Mule and Haynes' latter-day work with the Allmans, you will do well to give this a try. – WHEN YOU MOTOR AWAY
    • Nick and The Ovorols are one of the best new bands to come out of the Windy City in years. The 2 tracks are from their new album “Telegraph Taboo”. If you like blues/rock bands, you’ll love this. - DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE
    • Nick and the Ovorols are a snarling, electrified-blues foursome from Chicago, the home of modern blues. On the band’s self-released debut, Telegraph Taboo, front man Nick Peraino smolders and scorches across his fretboard, and gives the blues a coarse twist or two. – CAMPUS CIRCLE
    • With a sound reminiscent of early albums by The Black Keys and vocals that wouldn’t be out of place at a late 20th century rock concert, Nick and the Ovorols’ album Telegraph Taboo is a mix of moving rock ballads and upbeat blues tunes. - TONE DEAF / AUSTRALIA
    • Nick Peraino's red-hot blues guitar smokes through track after track on the band's debut album. Peraino's passion for blues guitar is matched only by his backing band's intensity. If you like your music down and dirty and filled with life, you'll enjoy Nick & The Ovorols’ Telegraph Taboo. Peraino's hooks are irresistible and his excitement about his music is infectious. – ADOBE & TEARDROPS
    • Nick and the Ovorols has that real slow moving, good old fashioned, rough’n it blues-rock thing going on, and it’s so dirty it’ll make your nostrils flare. [Something to go with your ZZ Top/Stevie Ray Vaughn/Big Sugar albums. - ALAN CROSS: A JOURNAL OF MUSICAL THINGS
    • If you’re looking for a modern introduction to the [blues/rock] genre then look no further. – MUSIC EYEZ / UK
    • The bluesy Chicago-based rock group Nick and the Ovorols are a force to be reckoned with. – 1146 MILES
    • Surprisingly, varied and just plain good. – BARN OWL BLUES / THE NETHERLANDS