New Patti Scialfa Album, 23rd Street Lullaby, Debuts at #5 on Billboard Heatseekers Chart

Artist Scheduled to Perform Four Songs for CBS 'Early Show' Appearance on Wednesday, July 7


23rd Street Lullaby, the first album of new music from Patti Scialfa since the artist's critically-acclaimed 1993 release, Rumble Doll, has debuted at #5 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart tracking new and developing artists. The album peaked on's "Top Sellers" list at #2, trailed only by Ray Charles. 23rd Street Lullaby's first week's sales have already eclipsed Rumble Doll's best week by nearly six thousand pieces.

Patti Scialfa is scheduled to perform four songs -- "23rd Street Lullaby," "Rose," "You Can't Go Back," and "City Boys" -- on the CBS network's "The Early Show" on Wednesday, July 7 (please check your local listings).

In a media blitz surrounding the release of her album, Patti Scialfa appeared on a variety of television programs including the "Late Show with David Letterman," "Today," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "The View," "CBS News Sunday Morning," and "The Early Show."

With all words and music written by Patti Scialfa, 23rd Street Lullaby is drawing some of the strongest praise of the artist's career. In his four star review of the album for Rolling Stone, music writer Anthony DeCurtis raved, "In its clear-eyed joyfulness and unpretentious appeal, 23rd Street Lullaby evokes a woman not haunted by her past but enriched by it." The Chicago Sun-Times gave the album three stars praising it as " ... a sparkling little gem" while the Newhouse Wire Service heralded Patti's return: " ... she's back with the superior 23rd Street Lullaby."

Entertainment Weekly gave the album a "B+," praising the " ... inviting, appealing earnestness to Scialfa's bruised-soul folk rock," while the New York Post, in a three-and-one-half star review, observed that "Scialfa communicates a palpable sense of longing lodged somewhere within a hard-won honesty."

Co-produced by Patti Scialfa and Steve Jordan (who recently served as musical director for the PBS series, "Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues" and has produced albums by Keith Richards, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and others), 23rd Street Lullaby showcases an ensemble featuring guitarist Nils Lofgren, vocalist Soozie Tyrell, bassist Willie Weeks, keyboardist Clifford Carter, avant-garde guitarist Marc Ribot, cellist Jane Scarpantoni, drummer/co-producer Steve Jordan, and others.

SOURCE: Columbia Records

CONTACT: Fran DeFeo of Columbia Records, Media, New York,

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