John Cusatis brings his music homeYou can never go home again, goes the old adage.
singer/songwriter John Cusatis hopes it’s wrong. He’s
in town to promote his new
12-original-track compact disc APRIL DAYS.
He’ll play live at a CD release party today
from to at
“I played around here a lot though it was a while ago,” Cusatis said. “I hope people remember me.”
at Ron’s Office Pub for a year,” he said.
“My career really took off on
He’s also played the Roads and The Golden Cue clubs.
once played in a couple of bands that used to play in the
“Maurice DiBlasi (currently in the band Jimmy[s Fault) really got me started,” he said. “Years ago, we used to be in a band called Alpha Wave. We did (Rolling) Stones covers and that. We lasted about a summer.”
Later, he teamed with Dom Cassese.
“We had a little duo called The Rhythm Method,” Cusatis said. “He made a big impact on me.”
Apparently, Cusatis reciprocated.
“Then I got him doing solo stuff,” he added. “He filled in for me at Ron’s, and not long afterward, it was him Friday night, me Saturday night.”
In between The Rhythm Method and a solo act, Cusatis went to college.
doing solo stuff in
graduating from college, music became a part-time affair.
Cusatis still lives there but he’s just taken the plunge to make music a full0-time venture. He quit his teaching post but plans to return to school.
“Right now, I’m playing five or six nights a week,” he said. “But I want to go back to school for a doctorate and play live thee or four nights a week.”
“Barroom rock and roll,” he says when asked t6o describe his music. “That’s what I’ve always called it.”
“I don’t know only three chords. I actually know five, but only use three at a time,” he joked.
“Lyrics are important,” he said – which is evident after a listen to APRIL DAYS.
“(Bob) Dylan. He’s why I started,” Cusatis said. “I liked to just read his lyrics.”
“But there were lots of others.” He cites local friends DiBlasi and Cassese among them.