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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Outside The Box Debut Album "Bridge" Set For Release On July 12

(New Jersey) – Outside The Box, the Jersey Shore based foursome blending classic elements of rock with a modern flare and driving blues-inspired pop edge, has announced the release of their debut album, "Bridge", on Tuesday, July 12 from Schaeffer Records.

"Mark, Francis, Ryan, and I cannot wait to share this record with everyone," said Jeff Cafone, lead singer of Outside the Box. "We spent countless hours in and out of the studio with the help of a great team to make this record, and we feel that the music really captures our personality. We hope that our fans will feel the same passion for the songs that we do recording and performing them."

Outside The Box ( has quickly developed into one of New Jersey's most dynamic new original rock bands.  Formed in 2004, band members consist of Jeff Cafone (Guitar, vocals), Mark Masefield (Hammond B3 organ, keyboards), Francis Valentino (Drums), and Ryan Wheeler (Bass).

In 2007 and 2008, OTB won the Asbury Music Award categories for Top Young Band and Top Blues Band, and received nominations for Top Keyboard Player and Top Male Vocalist. The band retained the title "Top Blues Band" at the 2009 awards, and was nominated for Top Live Performance & Top Male Vocal.

OTB have shared the stage with artists such as Buddy Guy, Blues Traveler, G.E. Smith, Govt Mule, Steven Van Zandt, Jesse Malin, Ryan Cabrera, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, The Smithereens, The Fab Faux, Jeffrey Gaines, and many more.

The album will be comprised of eleven tracks, all written and performed by Outside The Box and produced by Jeff Kazee.

Album tracks:

Love is The Villain(*debut album single*)
You and Me
Safe Tonight
I'm a Bridge
Robert Schaeffer (Part II)
I Think It's Love
The Ballad of Jackie Chan
Suddenly Saturday
So Confused
Love To See You Leaving

The Star Ledger's Jim Testa described the recent Outside The Box show:  "Damn the Torpedoes"  (Tom Petty) proved a brilliant choice to showcase OTB's strengths, especially Masefield's double-duty keyboards and Cafone's effortless leads. The band nailed the familiar singles — the biting "Refugee" and the new-wavey "Don't Do Me Like That." But the highlights of the set came from some of the deep album tracks, which Cafone infused with his own personality."

To read the full article in the Star Ledger, please click: Star Ledger/Outside The Box.