Amy Cabot has been surrounded by music her whole life. Daughter of a dixieland jazz pianist, there was always music resonating through the house. Amy started writing when she was 12, with the 3-chord epic, "Can't You See", which won her honorable mention at a Long Island Talent Fair. However, things were looking up from there. Amy continued writing and actually got pretty good at it. Forming a band with High School friends, they were two-time winners of their local Battle of the Bands. They decided to take it on the road and became "The Bandables" - the popular teen pop rock group who could be seen often at NYC hot spots like CBGB and The Bitter End. They were interviewed and performed on the TV show "Backstage Pass" with WLIR's Denis MacNamara, and they toured Georgia, the Carolinas and around the East coast with their single "Cynicism b/w Love Lies Down" (Galt Records) gaining popularity - even hitting the number one spot - on many college radio stations. After "The Bandables" dispersed, Amy formed a group called "Mystery Date", releasing one EP, self titled, which got some nice press in local NYC news such as "The Music Paper", and "Jersey Beat". That was the 80's.
In the 90's, Amy kept it more local to her home in NYC. She formed a band called "The Fatty Acids" who played solely at NYC clubs like CBGB, CB's Gallery, C Note, Luna Lounge, Ludlow Street Cafe... During this time Amy really honed her songwriting, and "The Fatty Acids" released three full albums ("The Fatty Acids", "The Feel Good Hit of the Summer", and "Close Up") on their own label, Fitzhound Productions.
After relocating to CT with her husband, guitarist Eliot Cabot, in the 2000's, Eliot and Amy took a musical turn in the country/bluegrass direction, forming their group "Yippee Coyote". They toured down south in Nashville, Knoxville, and Waterville, TN, and appeared on the WDVX Blue Plate Special. While in CT, Amy befriended superfun local cover band "Louderdaddy" and started playing local venues with them, sitting in on keys and trumpet (highlight being The Yacht Club gig where Talking Heads' Chris Fràntz and Tina Weymouth were in attendance, Chris took a video of Louderdaddy with Amy singing "Burning Down the House" and posted it on his own social media pages saying 'she is really good' !).
"Louderdaddy"'s bassist, Dave Daignault, and guitarist, Frank Egan, were getting an original project together called "Imperial Drive", they asked Amy to join in, and together with the prowess of three-time Grammy winner, Justin Guip, released their self-titled cd in 2016. A few of the songs ("Love Her Like Summer", "Time to Go") were on rotation on WPKN, Bridgeport.
And now...a new project with Dave, Frank, and Justin. These five Amy Cabot originals will be followed by a second release (date tbd).
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Amy with The Bandables at CBGB, circa 1986
Village Voice ad for CBGB gig
- Bandables on the bill with 10,000 Maniacs
Mystery Date from photo shoot, Lower East Side, 90's
Amy with The Fatty Acids at Luna Lounge, late 90's
Yippee Coyote setting up for outdoor concert, Redding CT
Yippee Coyote at WDVX, Knoxville, TN
Louderdaddy as sailors, Pequot Yacht Club, Southport CT
Imperial Drive from video shoot
Justin getting Amy set up at Milan Hill Studios, NY