Topic: Zach Caruso
Last night I saw this new band as a warm-up for Johnny A. Its a trio with Zach Caruso on guitar. Zach is currently a student working on his PhD and the bass player is a college Music major. This was only their second gig as a band and they only had been asked to be Johnny's warm-up a week an a half ago, just as they were planning on going to the studio to record their first CD.
Zach was kinda' nervous a little, making conversation and saying how he had been reading about Johnny A since he was 15 in guitar magazines etc. and what a thrill it was to be playing before him.
Then, before the 3rd song, Zach says to the audience at the World Cafe, I got to ask you something, "Have any of you ever heard of Joe Bonamassa"??? I'm in the front waving my hand, I had already established the guy to my left was a Joe fan (a physician by day and blues guitarist by night in a band) so, I'm not sure how many people were waving their hands. BUT then, my husband taps me and says...stand up and show him your shirt!! Yeah, Zach was really surprised with that...its a small world after all.. You had to be there to feel the vibe, but before the show opened, the table I was sitting at was a buzz about Joe.
So, Zach is really quite good and he writes his own music and is local to the Philly area. I haven't totally checked out all of his songs on myspace, but I would defintitely go see him again and I will buy his CD when its ready. I noticed on his myspace he lists Joe as one of his influences.