Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan

Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan are an Americana, Roots Rock, Jersey Shore Rock and Roll Band that have performed in 22 countries and have released 10 records since 1991.

Biography

Biography & Background

January 2006 - Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, an Americana/Jersey Shore/Roots Rock and Roll band, will release their 10th CD, "Cause..." on SCR/Schoolhouse Records in March 2006. The 15 song "album" is divided into Side One and Side Two with topics ranging from friendship, war, marriage, oil, soul searching, politics and lost love. As in past offerings, D'Urso mixes his writing and music with full out rockers and quiet observations. "Cause" was recorded with more of a live, garage rock feel than previous offerings and is quite unique as it's "narrated" by wise musings/introductions by the late Harry Chapin. Besides 12 new D'Urso originals, JD&SC take on John Stewart's 1979 Top 5 hit "Gold", Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released" and Chapin's "Taxi". JD&SC wll be supporting the new disc with live shows and Radio/TV appearances in the USA and Europe all throughout 2006.

This new CD follows up 2005's "Best 1991-2003". The 19-song compilation scans D'Urso's songwriting career from Greenwich Village startup to international independent touring artist. The CD includes 16 songs chosen by fans through D'Urso's website (www.jdcaravan.com) and three unreleased songs. Released simultaneously was the band's foray into video with the DVD "3 Days in Italy", which documents two Italian performances in February 2004. This DVD was released through the band's "Bootleg Series" as it was shot and recorded by Italian fans.

In 2004, D'Urso released a 15-song solo acoustic CD titled "Audience of One". Veteran engineer Toby Scott, who has worked on numerous recordings by Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Natalie Merchant, Little Steven, Harry Chapin and The Replacements, produced the CD in a two day session. The intimate recording was released as a limited edition.

In 2003, D'Urso released a 23-song double CD titled "Both Sides of Life," which included Springsteen's "Badlands". The track was featured on the Tribute CD "Light of Day: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen" and was praised by the UK magazine UNCUT as "inspired". D'Urso performed 150 concerts, solo and with band, in 16 countries during the support of this CD.

In 2002, D'Urso & Stone Caravan were chosen by House of Blues Concerts and The Harley Davidson Corporation to be the "official house band" for Harley's 100th Anniversary Open Road World Wide Tour. D'Urso was the only independent artist on the tour which performed three day festivals in Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Los Angeles, Toronto, Sydney and Milwaukee with artists such as Bob Dylan, Aerosmith, Kid Rock, Tim McGraw, Elton John and many others. D'Urso co-wrote a thirty-minute musical production for Harley Davidson titled "Thunder" that was highlighted throughout the tour.

D'Urso's 2000 CD, "Rock and Roll Station," received rave reviews and was selected for the Grammy nomination process in multiple categories including "Song of the Year" and "Record of the Year". The CD featured radio DJs introducing the 13 penned D'Urso songs. The CD's unique concept reflects D'Urso's favorite teen-age pastime: turning the radio dial for favorite songs to surface from the static. This CD remains a favorite among JD&SC worldwide fanbase.

Other Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan releases include 1998's "Glow", 1996's "Mirrors, Shoestrings & Credit Cards", 1993's "Rock-Land", 1992's "The Snow, The Rain & Yesterday" and 1991's "45-10 Pearson".

D'Urso's music is rootsy, introspective, rocking and forceful. Live shows have been recorded and traded worldwide and have attracted a legion of fans in 24 countries as many regularly travel hundreds of miles to attend performances.

How It All Began

In 1996, D'Urso left his job at the legendary Premier Talent Agency in New York City to pursue his career as a singer-songwriter. Since then, D'Urso's music has earned glowing praise from the media. The BBC's Gary Price says, "Joe D'Urso sings like an angel and writes songs like a demon" and New York Times writer Karen DeMasters calls D'Urso "one of the most original and versatile of the current artists writing music based in good, old-fashioned rock and roll".

D'Urso's love for music began with his older sister's record collection; Bob Dylan, Springsteen, Meatloaf, Beatles, Elvis Presley, Bob Seger, Tom Petty, The Doors, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Jim Croce, Jackson Browne and countless one-hit wonders from the 1950s to the 1970s. While at Premier Talent, D'Urso typed live performance contracts for hundreds of artists, including some of the very same bands that he listened to in his sister's record collection. This experience allowed him to get an insider's look at the music business and the inner workings of touring bands.

One night after attending the Manhattan premiere of U2's rockumentary, "Rattle and Hum," D'Urso turned to his roommate and said, "We've gotta start a band." They had just left the theater and U2 was in attendance seated ten rows in front of them. During the trip home a quote from Bono played itself

Discography

2006- Cause...
2005- Best 1991-2003
2004- Audience of One
2003- Both Sides of Life
2000- Rock and Roll Station
1998- Glow
1996- Mirrors, Shoestrings & Credit Cards
1993- Rock-Land
1992- The Snow, The Rain & Yesterday
1991- 45-10 Pearson

Set List

JD&SC usually perform a 2 to 2/12 hour concert made of originals and selected songs written by some of rock's greatest songwriters. When supporting other bands, JD&SC can do a shorter 45 minute set as well as a full night 3 set if needed.