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JOE CARUSO - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - MONDAY, JUNE 2, 2014, 7:00 pm PST - on STORMY MONDAY BLUES with DJ SUNNY BLUE BLAND on FACES OF SUCCESS RADIO.......TUNE IN BY LINK BELOW...OR CALL (718) 664 - 6324 choose option 1 to SPEAK to GUEST or HOST.Joe "Survival" Caruso
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.
Joe started the band “Survival” in 1983 and performed in the “I’ve Known Rivers,” commonly known as the “Afro-American,” Pavilion at the World’s Fair in New Orleans.
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