Joe Cerisano

Joe Cerisano

BandAmericanaAcoustic

Performing Songwriter Magazine TOP 12 INDEPENDENT RECORDINGS Reviewed by Neil Fagan Joe Cerisano's Carbon Copy: A strong moral fiber weaves its way throughout the album. Cerisano sings songs of the hard-working, truth-seeking, man and woman with fire of a Baptist preacher. "

Biography

Born: Fairmont, West Virginia
Joe Cerisano is an acclaimed singer, songwriter, and producer who has the distinction of possessing one of the most striking voices in America! With musical influences that bridge the gap between genre Joe Cerisano developed a singing style that has absorbed and combined a wide variety of influences, then mixed them all with his native West Virginia dialect. The resulting combination makes for a classic and original American singer's voice. Joe began performing professionally at the age of 14. He sang in a succession of regional bands playing illegal liquior speak-easys, honkey tonks and bars in north central West Virginia,Ohio and Pennsylvania that eventually lead to the formation of the legendary Elderberry Jak out of Morgantown, WV.
Traveling to the west coast in the early 80’s Joe formed the now almost famous California rock band Silver Condor with guitarist Earl Slick (i.e. David Bowie and John Lennon) on Columbia Records. In 1981 Silver Condor had the Top 40 hit "You Could Take My Heart Away."
Moving back to New York City n the mid eighties Joe began his career as one of the most successful studio session singers in America. He began working in television and radio commercial singing for Chrysler/Plymouth, the Army, the Navy, GE, Miller Beer, Coca-Cola and many more. During this period, he also did backing vocals on several albums by Michael Bolton and sang with Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson.
He was the singer of the song "Hands Across America" which was featured on MTV (it's still being played on Pop-Up
Video on VH1). He sang lead for Blue Oyster Cult on the Imginos album song "Frankenstein." Joe also appears with Gloria Estefan on the soundtrack Goya: A Life in Song. This album was produced by Phil Ramon and also featured vocals by Placido Domingo.
Joe is one of the featured lead vocalists on the 1998 Christmas album, The Christmas Attic by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. This album is already on its way to becoming a Christmas Classic! He recently has been working with two icons of American music, Richie Havens and Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals), on a recording project with veteran drummer Jack Scarangella. Joe was called upon to sing back up for the popular rock band Korn, as they introduced their new album Issues. This live concert was broadcast on over 100 radio stations in a global event staged at the legendary Apollo Theatre in New York City. Joe now splits his time between NYC and Nashville, songwriting and performing acousticlly and at times with his three piece band.

Lyrics

Carbon Copy

Written By: j.cerisano©2006

Dirty hands and dirty shoes
he always had the swing-shift blues deep in his eyes
Forever grateful for what he got
he never really had alot
but he never realized it
Everyday we'd live with the danger
that he might not come home alive
but a man's gotta feed his family
even if it means working at the bottom of a coal mine

Well the older I get the more I understand
I'm a carbon copy................
of my old man

Recap tires on his pickup truck
always breakin' down full of rust
somehow we made it through
Now the mines are shut down
and my daddy's gone
but his memory and what he taught me lives on
and it still rings true
I saw the love he shared with my mother
how they made it through the good and bad
Ah they never gave up on each other
even with what little they had....

The older I get the more I understand
I'm a carbon copy...........
of my old man

Well now time passes and life goes on
I now have a son of my own
and my love for him runs forever deep
cause when I look into his eyes I see my daddy and me...

Well the older I get the more I understand
I'm a carbon copy of my old man
Well I'm a carbon copy.......
a carbon copy......
I'm a carbon copy..........of my old man

Half A World Away

Written By: joe cerisano©2008

I can't take this being far away from you
Trying to figure out if what I'm doin is right
Cause these kinda questions they don’t do me any good
as I look up at this Iraqi moon tonight

I know it's day time where you are
I see you in our car
drivin to work.. startin your day

A Half a World away....

I do what I have to do, they trained me good
I know my job, just like I know the back of my hand
and on my hand I got a trigger finger, I know how to use
it’s good to know that my buddies got my back

I wear the cross, you gave on my chain
to keep me safe until I’m back home again to stay...

A Half a World away
I’m seeing things I never thought I’d ever see at 21
A Half a World away....
Sometimes the only thing that people understand is the barrel of a gun

I feel the warm desert wind brush across my face
as I lay here in this G-d forsaken place
I think of you you every minute of the day

A Half a World away.... A Half a World away....

I’m seeing things I never thought I’d ever see at 21
A Half a World away....
Sometimes the only thing that people understand is the barrel of a gun
A Half a World away....
A soldier take his orders doesn’t question wrong or right and gets the job done
A Half a World away....
Sometimes the only thing that people understand is the barrel of a gun

American Gold

Written By: joe cerisano©2008

Born down in this mining town
All his family works underground
In darkness, that’s blacker than night
Cuttin’ through razor sharp with his hard hat light
Shinning…. on a glistenin’ wall of black coal
Coughin up blood 'an spittin out American Gold

Burn the coal, to make the steam
to run, this loco- motion machine
God extra blessings to the workin’ man
cause he’s got cuts on his finger and scrapes hands
and sometimes it makes your blood run cold
Coughin up blood 'an spittin out American Gold

You better swallow hard so your ears’ll pop
Going down so this deep is a hellava’ drop
If the roof caves in that’s all she wrote
That’s why in his top pocket there’s goodbye note.
That says “I love you baby” this is just in case
The hand of god forgets to touch this place
and sometimes I think of heaven when I’m in this hole
Coughin up blood 'an spittin out American Gold

goin back four generations of history now
Funny how all things come back around
The unions came then they went away
the winds of change blow everyday
While the minin’ man, still breaths carbon dust, into his soul
Coughin up blood 'an spittin out American Gold
Coughin up blood.................
'an spittin out American Gold

Burn the coal, to make the steam
to run, this loco- motion machine
Burn the coal, to make the steam
to run, this loco- motion machine

Country Ain't Something You Decide To Be

Written By: j.cerisano/f.vinci ©

I was born where the West Fork River flows free
My dad taught me to fish before I was three
These hills are my home and when I die
Bury these hillbilly bones out on the mountain side
I don’t drive interstates
This dirt road’s nuff for me
Got my radio crankin’ and that’s all I need

Country_---------------- It’s in your blood you family tree
Country_---------------- An’ country ain’t something you decide to be.

I use my truck for work it ain’t no toy to me
I got a wife at home and two kids to feed
My hands are cracked and calloused
Working overtime
I thank God everyday for these blessings of mine
I got this little piece of heaven
Put up a double wide
Just me and my family out in the countryside

Country_---------------- It’s in your blood you family tree
Country_---------------- An’ country ain’t something you decide to be.

Sometimes I’m just too tired to get up and go to church
But I know God understand—He sees how hard I work

(Instrumental)

Country_---------------- It’s in your blood you family tree
Country_---------------- An’ country ain’t something you decide to be.
Country_----------------I had no choice country picked me
Country_---------------- is something is something I'm proud to be
Country_---------------- Country ain’t something you decide to be.

Discography

Elderberry Jak, Silver Condor, Silver Condor-Trouble At Home, Carbon Copy, Silver Condor Rarities, Silver Conder Live Across America

Set List

Carbon Copy
Half A World Away
American Gold
Outta' Her Mind Over You
For The Sake of Survival
Get Off The Interstate
Country
Solid Ground
Like Father Like Son
When The Well Runs Dry