Joe Duraes & The Skills


Dear friends,

The music gods have been shining down on "The Skills".  I’m so proud that world-class drummer, Kevin Hupp, has joined “Joe Duraes & The Skills”. Kevin made his live debut with “The Skills” at The Winery at St. George in Mohegan Lake on Saturday, June 13, 2015. We totally killed it and have been asked to play there again.

For over 35 years, Kevin has had the pleasure to record on Gold and Platinum records, as well as tour worldwide with some of the best artists and musicians in the world, including Eddie Van Halen, Hall and Oates, John Oates, Joan Osbourne, Rick Derringer (with whom he worked with for 10 years), Rufus Wainwright, Maceo Parker (saxophone player for James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic, Prince), and most recently Iggy Pop in his eclectic ensemble The Préliminaires.

Kevin is also an award-winning producer and engineer in which he masterfully recorded, produced and provided his drum skills on my first album, ‘Ebb and Flow’ in 2013. Many of the albums he’s produced have received national and worldwide airplay.

We are also planning to return to the studio soon to record a single in Kevin’s studio, “The Groove Room” in Brewster, NY. With Kevin on drums, of course!