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Joe "Survival" Caruso - Exclusive Interview - April 14, 2014 - 7pm PST with DJ SUNNY BLUE BLAND
Joe Caruso grew up in a New Orleans musical family. The legendary Club Desire, just across the street from Joe’s house, was where he first learned the sounds of Blues and Rhythm and Blues performers including the young Ray Charles, Guitar Slim, Memphis Slim, Count Basie, Dinah Washington, Fats Domino, and other greats.
Joe formed his first R&B band at the age of 15 with a group of schoolmates. They called themselves "The Ec-Statics Revue," opening for headliners Etta James, Hank Ballard, Ernie K-Doe, Aaron Neville and Johnny Adams.
In the Summer of ’69 Joe received his draft notice and spent a year in the tropical paradise of Viet Nam. April Fool’s Day 1971 found Joe back in his home town of New Orleans where he discovered that the world of Blues had taken some new turns thanks to young artists like Jimi Hendrix. Landing a job as session musician for Cosimo Matassa's Studio and playing in top local bands quickly honed Joe’s guitar skills. Soon Joe was working with “Sweet Poison”, the house band at Prout’s Club Al Hambra with Bobby Marchan as MC.
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