WATERLINE: StrandedChris Pappalardo and Jim Ellis formed the band Waterline after a weekend trip to the Carolina coast. Having toured the world with slide guitar legends Sonny Landreth and Lee Roy Parnell, Chris was ready to settle down and call North Carolina his home. Jim had been performing and recording with Virginia area bands, but had always been drawn to the sea. The two of them had been playing music off and on since 1992 in various bands, but that weekend, they knew they had found their home...and Waterline was born.
A loyal following grew as Waterline performed at clubs, festivals and house concerts from the Carolinas to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Waterline's sound is "coastal kick back music." Its mix of rock, pop and country often draws comparisons to Jackson Browne, Jimmy Buffett and Hootie & the Blowfish. During live shows, guitarist Chris Pappalardo switches between acoustic, electric and slide guitars, offering a variety of moods even in their duo format, all perfectly complemented by Jim's "New Orleans Bruce Hornsby" piano style and smooth harmonies. When a full band format is called for, they add a drummer and bassist and create a sound similar to their high-energy recordings.
Waterline's latest studio release, Long Goners, features an impressive rhythm section, including Sugar Hill recording artist Sonny Landreth and his band. This group has backed up John Hiatt as "The Goners" since the late 1980's, and Sonny's slide guitar can be heard on recordings from Jimmy Buffett to Dolly Parton.
"Seeing Waterline perform live is quite an experience...they are serious, talented musicians with a terrific sense of fun, and a dynamic between them that engages the audience in the poignancy of their lyrics."
--Capturing the Spirit of the Carolinas Magazine
Waterline is "pop variety at its most infectious"
--The Beat Magazine
Waterline is booking shows both in duo and full band formats. Please contact Chris Pappalardo for more information at (910) 431-9711.
Check out the artist's website:
1. I Got Used to It
2. Matter Over Mind
3. Trusting Fool
5. Going Through the Motions
6. In a Little While
7. Working Man
8. Vacation Wasteland
9. 27 Tall
10. One Last Night in Paradise
12. Their Debt is Paid