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Joe Dell to help host 80's Wrestling Con in Freehold NJ on April 27 2019 - March 21, 2019

Joe Dell will be a part of the massive post Wrestlemania event called 80's Wrestling Con which has been assembled by long time WWE associate Tommy Fierro. The con will be host to many Wrestling legends like Ricky the Dragon Steamboat and Jake the Snake Roberts plus many many more, there will be booths where one can by a classic piece of wrestling memorabilia to have signed by their favorite wrestlers. Link to web site in Links section under [Friends]

A quote that Joe wanted to share - February 27, 2019

"There is no such thing as a bad song, just a song who's time hasn't arrived yet" Anonymous 

20 Year anniversary for the Sopranos! and another New Jersey Legend... Sleepy Hollow Band! What will be done to celebrate? - January 12, 2019

This year marks the 20 year anniversary for the legendary show The Sopranos. There will be a prequel movie released for the celebration. 

Sleepy Hollow Band was formed at the same circa. Joe Dell had met Dan Castiel. Joe had just left Spectrum Green and Dan Thrill Seeker. They saw similarities in their music tastes though their prior bands held different musical directions and ideas. 

Enter Frank Melick into the mix, a diverse drummer who had just left the face painted U.S. Bandit. 

The final element would be Matt Schwarz. The Brian Jones of the band. 

In late 1999 the foursome would release their 8 song demo (4 songs of which ended up on the ground breaking 2000 Soundwell E.P. and the other 4 on Legend in 2010) and then embark on a series of live shows including headlining a Woodstock festival and NYC legendary Limelight. 

This unique combo produced a very unique music style along with a very entertaining live show. 

While other bands were following the Hard Cor Punk and Alternative fads of the time, as stated from Megaforce recording artist Ronnie Ace, Sleepy Hollow Band came out of nowhere with hints of their influences but sounding like none. 

Their extremely diverse stylings prevented landing a label; labels at the time wanted to pigeon hole bands with 1 sound and Sleepy Hollow had no interest in being caught in a hamster wheel. They wanted the artistic freedom of being able to create any and every song they wished.

Unfortunately, friction at the time caused the break-up of the original Sleepy Hollow band in 2001. 

The Sleepy Hollow Band's sound and influence can be heard in many bands some contemporaries and some who would come later. 

Songs like From Above opened the doors for many Space Rock bands while the Sleepy Hollow track changed the prog and art rock for the new Millennium.

Goin' Over, while Joe Dell admits was influenced by Iced Earth Horror Show when it came to sound and production of the album can easily seen as an influence on Iced Earth and Opeth in way of Hammond Organ showed up on both band's albums that would be released after Goin' Over. 

The Lazarus Project was hailed for teaching kids about Heavy Metal by producing 4 decades of styling on 1 album. 

Sleepy Hollow Band Legend would be the bands finest hour, or shall we say 2 1/2 hours. Financed completely by the band, it would be engineered by Bob Both (James Brown & Mutha Records) along with Ken Kelly (Rainbow Kiss Manowar) artwork on the cover. 

Legend broke so many barriers with its diverse sounds and styles, complex arrangements and artistic production. 

Legend's influence can be heard on Opeth's track Slither which beginning riff and guitar sound come straight out of Mole's guitar lead in Aristotle's Lantern. Tori Amos took a page from the Sleepy Hollow Band book with her next release titled Night of Hunters. 

Sleepy Hollow Band can be heard in many more bands when one does the homework. 

As far as a new release and tour. The band no longer have the funds to produce self releases and promotions. But, Dan and Joe have been talking and there is a buzz. If the right opportunity arises, the original line-up would be inclined to re-unite. Fans would love to see what this eclectic group of musicians would produce now, 20 years later. One can be assured, it would NOT sound like anything else out usual....

...but for now...we can be thankful for their contribution to the world of rock music and opening the doors in the tri-state area along with the rest of the world for other bands who do not want to be trapped in a prison cell of redundant sound and style, allowing them to express themselves from the soul rather than pop culture. 

Under the Ground original mix for 1st time in 15 years! - November 24, 2018

What has Joe Dell been smoking these days? - November 16, 2018

Well, Joe has informed us, that he enjoys an E.P. Carrillo Inch with a morning coffee, The A.J. Fernandez Relic has been the Fall call, and hr recently discovered Kristoff that Dom Braico turned him onto. He has taken a break from The Bughatti Ambassador. But the Oliva Master Blend has been a go to at night due to the box Big Al had sent him. As far as gourmet, he sticks with his usual, Blueberry, White Widow, Bubble Gum, Grap, OG Kush and a GG4 for a good night rest.

Thank you Tommy Fierro and Randy Orton - November 5, 2018

Joe Dell and his wife Laura would like to thank Tommy for the great seats at WWE Smackdown Live in Newark and for the kindness of wrestler Randy Orton who made sure they attended the event with a great view!

Why Sleepy Hollow Band music is REAL and what they make you listen to is FAKE - June 19, 2018

Joe Dell Goin' Over the book for sale on Amazon - June 5, 2018

There are 3 copies of Goin' Over hard cover available on Amazon. One has no CD. If you purchase that copy. Just contact us at and give us your info and we will send you a burned copy of the Musie CD.

Joe Dell and Dominick Braico (co writer of 90's child) have honor to meet legendary cigar blender AJ Fernandez - May 3, 2018

Joe Dell along with Dominick Braico had the honor of meeting AJ Fernandez at the Cigar Emporium on Ridge Road in Lyndhurst NJ last night in honor of owner Rich's birthday.

We caught up with Joe this morning to find out about the events of last evening

Joe Dell "Hey what's up? Yeah, freakin' great night last night. AJ is a class act all the way man. The best blender in the industry. My buddy Big Dom had informed me about AJ after I told him how much I dug the Ruination...Manowar that is. He said he was the best in the business. I mean, the Relic, LE Manowar, Rage etc. They are all top shelf. AJ was kool enough to allow me n Dom to sample his greatest creation yet before the public. It is called the Ramon Allones. Trust me, get a box when they are released, Medium to full with incredible flavor! We were honored that AJ chose to hang out with us, his quote in quote 'Italiano bodyguards' All I can say, is the man is a true gentleman and class act and Rich sure knows how to throw a party!"



Gary Soldier Luhrman sings backing vocals on Ross the Boss By Blood Sworn - April 24, 2018

Soldier makes his return to the studio on the new Ross the Boss By Blood Sworn album. First time since 2001 when he was a part of the Goin' Over epic and various tracks off the album of same title. Soldier said it was an honor to be able to be a small part of his all time favorite lead guitarist's new album. The album itself is drenched catchy choruses, blazing leads and melodic overtones. Some tracks are a nod to the classic ManOWar sound, and saying so, there are 3 classic ManoWar tracks on the album that have been givin new life by Ross' new line-up which features Marc Lopes on vocals and Michael LePond on bass guitar. A must for true metal warriors!

God rest Dan Castiel's mom - March 6, 2018

Sleepy Hollow Band are sad to announce the passing of Dan Castiel's mom. She was the owner of Redwood Entertainment, Sleepy Hollow's first management company. The rest of the band and alumni would like to send their love and prayers out to the Dan and his family.

Will Joe Dell be at the 2018 Hall of Heavy Metal History event? - January 23, 2018

Well unfortunately he will not, we asked him for some words on this years.

"Well, I am unable to make it to this years event but was blessed to be honored with being a part of the very 1st one. I mean, look at all those great names! This year...Bill Ward! among other greats! It is such a great cause and helps so many people along with honoring the truly deserving in the world of metal. I wish Pat all the best."

Sleepy Hollow Band celebrates Rifle Camp Park victory! - October 12, 2017

Sleepy Hollow Band would like to thank the hard work of Vera Lazar and everyone else who contributed to the end of the disc golf course at Rifle Camp Park. Farewell to Wilderness was the official song of the protest and were honored by it's use. Sleepy Hollow Band have always stood behind the preservation of nature and protection of animals.

Goin Over by Joe Dell hardcover signed up for auction on Ebay now - October 6, 2017

Matt Schwarz string quartet parts available - June 12, 2017

You can now purchase parts for Sleepy Hollow guitarist Matt Schwarz's classical string quartet.  A full 20-minute, four-movement piece, with a classical style but with the influences of rock, metal, and European folk music (there's a gypsy-violin melody in the first movement).  There are (computer generated) sound samples of the various movements with the various string parts, so you can get an idea of what it sounds like - not an attempt to break from the classical tradition like much of the "classical" music of the last century, but a classical piece that rocks!

Currently available in performing parts ($2 each), the full score will be up later.  

Matt Schwarz Sheet Music, Music Books & Scores At Sheet Music Plus

Joe Dell's comic It's a Miserable Life to appear in Kildisko fanzine April 17 Issue! link below! - June 2, 2017

Matt Schwarz piano sheet music available - May 29, 2017

You can now purchase sheet music for Sleepy Hollow guitarist Matt Schwarz's classical compositions at Sheet Music Plus. He's put up a couple small piano pieces (a 2-Part invention - in the form of Bach, but with modern musical style, and a 4-part Bach-inspired Fugue) - each for the low price of $2.00!

His string quartet shall be up soon - he's editing the sheet music to compile the movements together so he can keep the price down. 

If there's interest, he's been working on a solo piano version of "Aristotle's Lantern".

HAIL! To England and Steve Goldby of Metal Talk! UK 1st time ever #2 on Sleepy Hollow Band Hits list! - April 26, 2017

Sleepy Hollow Band would like to welcome all the new fans from the UK and sincerely thank Mr. Steve Goldby of Metal Talk Radio. Since Steve has introduced tens of thousands of new metal fans to the Sleepy Hollow Band music in the past few months, the UK hits have been increasing immensely. In the month of April, the UK has hit #2 on the band's web site hits list only behind their home country of the USA. The site gets hits from over 75 different countries monthly and the band loves and appreciates everyone of their fans. But, this is a special thank you to the best Metal DJ in the world; one that brings TRUE metal and all 4 decades of it weekly to millions of listeners.

The links to the live feed and archives of Steve Goldby Metal Talk are in the news section below.

Sleepy Hollow part of the Hail to England Steve Goldy Metal Talk episode featuring Ross the Boss of Man-O-War - April 5, 2017 (live) (archived)


Sleepy Hollow is again humbled and honored by being a part of a ground breaking episode of Metal Talk featuring Steve Goldby. Today's episode, being the Hail to England episode featuring Hall of Heavy Metal 2017 inductee Ross the Boss who is a true Metal warrior and good friends of Soldier and Joe Dell.


Night-Shift Blues was the track played with the backing of Too Late prelude.This was due to the fact Joe Dell played a special Dawk refurb Rickenbacker bass that Joey DeMaio used at an early Man-O-War show and on the Hail to England album.


If you missed the live stream, go back to the archive link!

Sleepy Hollow Band Chuck Berry Tribute (click Metal Talk link for Steve Goldby's phenomenal tribute) - March 22, 2017



As all Sleepy Hollow Band fans know, the very first set Sleepy Hollow Band ever played included Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry. Joe Dell has mentioned growing up listening to Chuck on his father's old vinyls and the rest of the band all had some kind of influence, thus a metal band playing the only R&R song ever in their set by Chuck Berry. His influence can be heard in the riff of Armageddon among others. He influenced everyone from The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elvis, AC/DC, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, SRV and so on. So, we take this time to pay tribute and respect to the Godfather of R&R guitar.

Sleepy Hollow Band honored by slot on Metal Talk with Steve Goldby - March 7, 2017

Above is the link for the live feed of Metal Talk Radio with Steve Goldby tomorrow 11AM EST. If you miss the live feed you can catch the show later. The link for Metal Talk is in the Links section of our site. Metal Talk is fast becoming the most famous Metal show in the world. Anchoring in the UK where great Metal begun, Steve Goldby brings us through various themes in each show linking 4 decades of great Heavy Metal. We suggest you check out the older shows as well, but, from Steve's mouth, he feels this is his best to date! Get the beer and gourmet ready and crank it up!!!!


new link to Metal Talk archieve

Sleepy Hollow Band featured in Volume 11 (fighting edition)

Steve Goldby of MetalTalk Uk, Joe Dell's favorite metal DJ? - February 20, 2017

Joe Dell, "Yeah, met Steve during N.A.M.M. week over in California. Really kool guy. I mean the dude just draws you in with his persona, and all you want to do is guzzle beer and talk metal with him. He is very knowledgeable and as some people know I had owned well over 1000 metal vinyls. I was shocked when he had told me that he cover Sleepy Hollow around the Goin' Over era. He had been in town to cover The Hall of Heavy Metal History induction...that's where I first met him. At first glance, he just looked the part man! Like if you were making a movie and wanted a guy to play the part of the UK metal head that would see Iron Maiden at the Ruskin....he IS your man! The next day, we hung strong at the Randy Rhoads Remembered show at the Yost...very kind of Kathy and Kelle putting me on the guest list. To be honest, by the end of the night, we were both shit faced! (laughing) So, when I got back to the East Coast, I decided to give his show a listen....I fucking loved it! I mean! I felt 10 years old again! Listening to ALL REAL metal! He alsp brought me up to date with some stuff on his show. I mean, he is true! He links all the classic stuff  from the early days with the 80's ground breaking metal then takes us up to date with only TRUE metal! He is my brother! He know and gets the real metal and hates the poser shit as much as I do! Now I am an avid listener to his show. Good to here is voice man...I mean, even though we just met, I feel like he's an old friend that I hung with since back in the day!....and I bet all his listeners feel that way as well!"

Happy New Year from Sleepy Hollow Band and the Headless Horseman!!! - January 1, 2017

God bless you all in the new year! Sleepy Hollow Band are hoping to get back in the studio this Spring with some amazing new material to open up their 6 year break due to the injuries of Joe Dell. Keep your eyes and ears open!

Bob Both ressurects his FUNK side! - December 14, 2016



Bob Both had the itch and Molecular Funk was the scratch! Give it a listen boys and girls, a funk masterpiece created at Twain Recording Studios! Where Later (Empty Home) , Legend and the Lazarus Project were created! Bob is most famous for his Engineering and Production of several James Brown masterpieces back in the mid 70's.

Happy Halloween from Sleepy Hollow Band 17 years later! - October 31, 2016

17 years ago today, Sleepy Hollow Band wrote their title track based of the Washington Irving story in the legendary Jam Room at candle light. They embrace the Gothic history of America along with various Sci-Fi and Horror that was created there. The band would like to thank all their fans new and old for their 17 years of support. So, break out your Soundwell EPs and crank it up tonight!

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