Joe Duraes & The Skills

WRPI-FM (Troy, NY)

WHUD-FM

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WSUM-FM (91.7 FM) The University of Wisconsin-Madison

Click to listen to in-studio interview between Joe Duraes & The Skills and WSUM-FM's Station Manager, Evan Boyd, Host of the weekly radio program "CRAzy For You".

Mitch Henck Radio Show (Madison, WI)

Joe Duraes & The Skills live in-studio on "The Mitch Henck Radio Show" in Madison, WI for the "Friday Live Music" series. Interview starts at 2:28:00.

WISC-TV (CBS - Madison, WI)

Click on picture below to watch the interview.

NYSMusic.com

A Pleasant Hudson Valley Sunday With Gin Blossoms and Joe Duraes & The Skills At Paramount Hudson Valley

S Malinski - Gin Blossoms - Paramount HV-1A decent sized crowd gathered at Paramount Hudson Valley this past weekend for a Valentine’s Day pairing of rock acts from opposite ends of the United States. The Paramount has been building a record of supporting local music, this time inviting Peekskill-based Joe Duraes & The Skills to open the night following an open mic set they did at the theater Nov. 2015.

 

S Malinski - Joe Duraes The Skills - Paramount HV-4The Skills’ set was driven by the band’s enthusiasm for sharing the stage with a band they listened to throughout the 90s and undoubtedly for the first large show they’ve played. From start to finish the crowd was impressed by a band who made it clear that they were genuinely having fun on stage. After a set of all original tunes, The Skills broke out their own version of “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” which they recently recorded as a single. Though they were the opening act, their performance put them at a level where they could have been mistaken as a co-headliner instead.

S Malinski - Gin Blossoms - Paramount HV-9Long-time Gin Blossoms fans cheered on as Robin Wilson led the band on stage but the energy was slow to build through their set. While Wilson was animated, the overall stage presence felt static to a degree. The music was solid and fun to hear but the disengaged crowd early on made it difficult to get excited about the show. The first portion of their set was filled mostly with songs off of their last two albums, No Chocolate Cake (2010) and Major Lodge Victory (2006), both of which charted though not as highly as their two albums released in the 90s.

The energy picked up a bit more as the set progressed and Gin Blossoms steered toward their earlier releases which the crowd seemed to have a greater familiarity with. It took some prompting from Wilson for the audience to get on their feet once they broke out “Til I Hear It From You,” but from that point until the end of the show there was a much greater connection between the stage and the audience. Gin Blossoms closed their two-song encore with “Until I Fall Away,” which fit well as a conclusion to the show. Despite the slow energy of their set, the upbeat nature of Gin Blossoms’ songwriting made the entire set enjoyable.

Setlists:

Joe Duraes and The Skills: Everybody Needs To Have Some Fun, Hudson River, Crash, Anything For You, Mixed About You, Ebb and Flow, Pleasant Valley Sunday

Gin Blossoms: Don’t Change, Somewhere, Allison Road, Lost Horizons, As Long As It Matters, Miss Disarray, 29, Dead or Alive on the 405, Hands Are Tied, Wave Bye Bye, I’m Ready, Til I Hear It From You, Found Out About You, Follow You Down. Encore: Hey Jealousy, Until I Fall Away

The Peekskill Post

Peekskill band to open for Gin Blossoms at The Paramount

Joe Duraes & The Skills play The Paramount on Valentine’s Day

 

Joe Duraes & The Skills, based in Peekskill, will open for Gin Blossoms at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater in Peekskill at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14.

This comes on the heels of Duraes’ successful debut performance at the Paramount’s Open-Mic Night last November, which he headlined with a 45-minute set of his original songs. The historic theater supports local bands, such as Joe Duraes & The Skills, and books them as openers for larger visiting acts.

“I am thrilled that the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater asked us to open for Gin Blossoms,” Duraes said. “We’re big fans of their music and we look forward to supporting them with ours.”

TICKETS
Ticket prices are $35 (Tier 2) and $45 (Tier 1). Tickets can be purchased, in advance or day-of-show, at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater’s box office and online at paramounthudsonvalley.com/events/gin-blossoms/About Joe Duraes

About Joe Duraes
Joe Duraes is an independent artist from the lower Hudson Valley. He released his debut album “Ebb and Flow” on Nov. 26, 2013. On Sept. 1, 2015, Joe Duraes & The Skills released the single, “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” originally written by Carol King and Gerry Goffin in 1966 and made famous by The Monkees in 1967. Joe and his band currently perform live as “Joe Duraes & The Skills,” honoring their home-base of Peekskill. Duraes plans to return to the studio in 2016 with The Skills to record the follow up to “Ebb and Flow.”

Visit joeduraes.com, facebook.com/JoeDuraesAndTheSkills, twitter.com/joeduraes and reverbnation.com/joeduraes

About The Skills
Steve Geller is a professional touring and recording bass player for the past 25 years. He is best-known for his work with former Monkee Davy Jones, and Chiller Theatre’s Dead Elvi. The list of musicians he has performed with includes original Beatles drummer Pete Best, ex-Rolling Stone Mick Taylor, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Taylor Dayne, and Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek.

Rodman del Castillo, on lead guitar, got started in the early 90s on the NYC hardcore scene signing and touring with Planet Hate on Energy Records. After several U.S. tours, Rodman began performing locally as a solo artist and was subsequently asked to join his friend, Janice Robinson, to open for Tina Turner on her 2000 24/7 Tour. He later went on to do sessions with European artist Gala and can be seen on YouTube performing with other international acts such as Elisabeth Withers of Blue Note Records, African singer Iyadede and Jerry Gaskill of Kings X.

Joe Politi has been playing drums for over 30 years. He studied with world-renowned drummer and teacher Mike Johnston. Politi joined “Joe Duraes & The Skills in April of 2015.

Northern Westchester Examiner

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HVNN (Hudson Valley News Network)

Peekskill’s Joe Duraes & The Skills To Open For The Gin Blossoms

Joe Duraes, a musician from the Hudson Valley, is proud to announce that his band, “Joe Duraes & The Skills” will open for Gin Blossoms at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater in Peekskill on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 8pm.

This comes on the heels of Joe’s successful debut performance at the Paramount’s Open-Mic Night last November, which he headlined with a 45-minute set of his original songs. The historic theater supports local bands, like Joe Duraes & The Skills, and often books them as openers for larger visiting acts.

“I am thrilled that the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater asked us to open for Gin Blossoms”, says Joe Duraes. “We’re big fans of their music and we look forward to supporting them with ours.”

Ticket prices are $35 (Tier 2) and $45 (Tier 1). Tickets can be purchased, in advance or day-of -show, at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater’s box office and online at http://paramounthudsonvalley.com/events/gin-blossoms/

About Joe Duraes: Joe Duraes is an independent artist from the lower Hudson Valley, NY. He released his debut album “Ebb and Flow” on November 26, 2013. Joe released a single on September 1, 2015 with The Skills, “Pleasant Valley Sunday, originally written by Carol King and Gerry Goffin in 1966 and made famous by The Monkees in 1967. Joe and his band currently perform live as “Joe Duraes & The Skills”, honoring their home-base in Peekskill, NY. Joe plans to return to the studio in 2016 with The Skills to record the follow up to “Ebb and Flow”.

 

 

About “The Skills”:

Steve Geller (bass): A professional touring and recording bass player for over 25 years, Steve Geller is best-known for his work with ex-Monkee Davy Jones, and Chiller Theatre’s Dead Elvi. The list of musicians he has performed with include original Beatles’ drummer Pete Best, ex-Rolling Stone Mick Taylor, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Taylor Dayne, and Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek.

Rodman del Castillo (lead guitar): Rodman got started in the early 90s on the NYC Hardcore scene signing and touring with Planet Hate on Energy Records. After several US tours and disbanding Rodman began performing locally as a solo artist and was subsequently asked to join his friend Janice Robinson to open for Tina Turner on her 2000 24/7 Tour. He later went on to do sessions with European artist Gala and can be seen on YouTube performing with other international acts such as Elisabeth Withers of Blue Note Records, African singer Iyadede and Jerry Gaskill of Kings X.

Joe Politi (drums): Joe’s been playing drums for over 30 years. He studied with world-renowned drummer and teacher, Mike Johnston. Joe joined “Joe Duraes & The Skills in April of 2015.

About Paramount Hudson Valley Theater: Originally built as a 1500-seat movie palace, the ‘Peekskill Paramount Theater’ first opened its doors with great fanfare in 1930. Today, Paramount Hudson Valley Theater is managed and operated by Red House Entertainment with a goal to making this landmark theater a destination for the very best of live music and performing arts. The theater has been designated a Westchester County Landmark and is on the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater is located at 1008 Brown Street, Peekskill, NY 10566. (914) 739-0039

About Gin Blossoms (source, Paramount Hudson Valley online): For more than two decades, Gin Blossoms have defined the sound of jangle pop. From their late 80s start as Arizona’s top indie rock outfit, the Tempe-based combo has drawn critical applause and massive popular success for their trademark brand of chiming guitars, introspective lyricism, and irresistible melodies. Gin Blossoms soon unfurled a chain of crossover favorites spanning five different formats, from “Hey Jealousy” and “Until I Fade Away” to “Follow You Down” and the Grammy®-nominated “As Long As It Matters”, earning the band sales in excess of 10 million in the US.

 

Praise about Joe’s Music:

About ‘Pleasant Valley Sunday’: “A break from the usual writers that you associate with The Monkees, specifically Neil Diamond.”

Coverville (podcast)

“‘Ebb and Flow’ is a passion project built upon decades of musical exploration and fascination.”

The Journal News (White Plains, NY)

“Joe’s rockin’ version of ‘Images of Heaven’ immediately caught my ear.”

Chris Herrmann, Program Director/On-Air Personality, 107.1 The Peak (White Plains, NY)

About ‘Images of Heaven’: “Joe has an expressive voice! Really rockin’ and muscular version. Glad you made it your own, even varying the melody here and there. Very nicely performed man. Bravo!”

Peter Godwin (‘Images of Heaven’, singer with the 80s band ‘Metro’)

About ‘Love Can Rule The World’: “Its sounds great! The performances, production and sentiment…all really great! Keep on making music and good luck with it!”

– Kevin Haskins (drummer with the legendary 80s bands ‘Bauhaus’, and ‘Love and Rockets’)

- See more at: http://hudsonvalleynewsnetwork.com/2016/01/19/peekskills-joe-duraes-skills-open-gin-blossoms/

 

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Peekskill Daily Voice

Peekskill's Joe Duraes & The Skills Opens For Gin  Blossoms At Paramount

by Ken Davis 01/13/2016

Peekskill band Joe Duraes & The Skills. Photo Credit: Steve Malinski

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- Peekskill band Joe Duraes & The Skills will open for Gin Blossoms at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater in Peekskill on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb. 14.

This comes on the heels of bandleader Duraes' successful debut performance at the Paramount’s Open-Mic Night last November, which he headlined with a 45-minute set of his original songs.

The historic theater supports local bands like Joe Duraes & The Skills and books them as openers for larger visiting acts.

“I am thrilled that the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater asked us to open for Gin Blossoms," said Duraes. “We’re big fans of their music, and we look forward to supporting them with ours.”

Duraes is an independent artist from the lower Hudson Valley. The guitarist/vocalist released his debut album, "Ebb and Flow," on Nov. 26, 2013. Duraes released a single on Sept. 1, 2015 with The Skills, “Pleasant Valley Sunday," originally written by Carol King and Gerry Goffin in 1966 and made famous by The Monkees in 1967.

He and his band currently perform live as Joe Duraes & The Skills, honoring their home-base in Peekskill. Duraes plans to return to the studio in 2016 with The Skills to record the follow-up to “Ebb and Flow."

The following are the Skills:

Steve Geller (bass): A professional touring and recording bass player for more than 25 years, Geller is best known for his work with ex-Monkee Davy Jones, and Chiller Theatre’s Dead Elvi.

Rodman del Castillo (lead guitar): Rodman got started in the early '90s on the NYC Hardcore scene signing and touring with Planet Hate on Energy Records.

Joe Politi (drums): Politi has been playing drums for more than 30 years. He studied with world-renowned drummer and teacher Mike Johnston. He joined Joe Duraes & The Skills in April of 2015.

Duraes's official band website is at www.joeduraes.com .

Ticket prices are $35 (Tier 2) and $45 (Tier 1). Tickets can be purchased in advance or day-of -show at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater’s box office and online at http://paramounthudsonvalley.com/events/gin-blossoms/ .

The show starts at 8 p.m.

The Paramount Hudson Valley Theater is at 1008 Brown St, Peekskill.

 

Cortlandt Daily Voice

 

Cortlandt Manor's Joe Duraes Releases Cover Of Monkees Hit

CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. – Cortland Manor musician Joe Duraes will release his latest single, a cover of 'Pleasant Valley Sunday,' as a digital download on Tuesday.

The Carole King-Gerry Goffin composition was written as a satirical take on the married couple's suburban life in 1966, and was recorded by the Monkees in 1967, becoming one of the most successful songs in the band's history.

“'Pleasant Valley Sunday' is timeless because it covers topics that are still relevant today,” said Duraes in a statement. “The song is an understated comment on ‘keeping up with the Joneses’, while maintaining a constant, driving pop groove. However, no one’s heard it like this before.”

It's his first studio recording since releasing his album 'Ebb and Flow' in 2013.

The single will be available through Duraes' website , Amazon, iTunes and other online retailers.

NYS Music

Local Limelight: Peekskill’s Joe Duraes and The Skills

Steve Malinski

Everybody needs to have some fun with proper dosage of Hudson Valley rock. That’s what Joe Duraes & The Skills are all about. Rooted in the lower Hudson Valley of NY (Peekskill, to be precise), JD&TS strips down the heavily wax-coated, over-produced sounds common to today’s records to the purer elements of a four-piece rock and roll band. Their focus on performing with a cohesive energy and engaging tunes has garnered attention and brought people back to more of their shows around town.

Left to Right: Kevin Hupp, Steve Geller, Joe Duraes, Rodman del Castillo

Left to Right: Kevin Hupp, Steve Geller, Joe Duraes, Rodman del Castillo

The band didn’t quite start as a band; rather a solo act of Joe Duraes with a regular residency at the Peekskill Coffee House and a few other small gigs here and there. It was early 2014 when things finally lined up and clicked to bring together a group of talented musicians to play the songs Duraes had previously written and work on new material as a band. Currently, Joe Duraes and The Skills is Joe Duraes (guitar, vocals), Rodman del Castillo (lead guitar), Steve Geller (bass/vocals), and Kevin Hupp (drums).

The band rolled out a much stronger, tighter sound with the debut of drummer Kevin Hupp at The Winery at St. George in Mohegan Lake, NY on June 13, 2015.

Let’s hear what JD&TS had to share with NYS Music.

Steve Malinski: So Joe, what prompted you to form the band and how did it come about?

Joe Duraes: There are a couple of reasons. First because I wanted to have a band to play my songs with me. I missed having that for a long time, doing the solo gigs for a while. The other reason is I released Ebb Flow in 2013 and because that album was so well produced it just didn’t make sense for me to do all that work only to go play it solo/acoustic again. It was very necessary to get a band together for that, so people can get the full effect. I put the band together January 2014. I put a few ads on Craigslist for a drummer, bass player, and a guitar player and that’s how I found them.

SM: What are your backgrounds in music?

JD: For me, I’m really just self-taught. I started on guitar when I was 13, kind of following the footsteps of my older cousin who at the time was 18. My lessons were really listening to the records I picked up – they were my teachers. All the bands I had listened to over the years, that was my schooling. In my 20’s I was in my first band – well I was in my first band when I was 16 but we never played any gigs – Most of the bands were goth and alternative, so I kind of went through that phase. Then I stopped for about 13 years, a break for a while. I got back into it when I started writing songs again and a few of those made it to the Ebb and Flow record. So the Skills has really been like my baby for the last three years, including the recording process (even though the band has only been around for a year or so now). I was joking recently with Steve and Rodman that they were at their one-year mark and that I had to get them something – a pin or something.

Steve Geller: I’ve been a bass player for close to 30 years now, both road musician and studio musician. The most famous gig I had was with The Monkees. I’ve worked with a lot of me heroes – Pete Best (original drummer for the beatles), Ray Manzarek of The Doors, Buckethead, Jane Wiedland from The Go Go’s, just to name a few.

Rodman del Castillo: I started with a metal band – Planet Hate back in the early 90’s. From there I did my own thing in Manhattan with My Brothers Dream, kind of a typical rock thing. Did a lot of funk-rock type things and played CBGB’s a couple times. From there I went on with Elisabeth Withers, a singer who later signed with Blue Note Records. I wound up on tour with Janice Robinson – the opening act for Tina Turner on her 2000 tour. Then I came back to NY doing a blues, Hendrix type thing in the Village.

Kevin Hupp: In the last 15 years I’ve been producing records out of my studio and Joe came along and I was taken by his sound. We got along very well and I produced and played on his debut album. Fast forward: I’d seen him live a few times and the band sounded great. But as a producer and someone who knows the songs inside-out, something just wasn’t quite gelling. Last time I saw him live I was thinking to myself about who I could turn Joe on to the drums and I thought about it for a moment. So the next day I got a text from Joe about joining the band and we talked for a while. I thought it would be a lot of fun. Joe’s got a great live sound.

SM: Can you tell us who some of your influences are?

JD: Gosh, I’m going to start with the Beatles. It depends a lot on the decade we’re talking about  as I’ve been listening to music since I was five years old. Beatles, Led Zeppelin, U2, Nirvana, Peter Murphy, Bob Mould – I always play his stuff.

SG: The Beatles of course. I grew up in the 60’s. I watched the Ed Sullivan Show the night they were first on and it changed my life. I saw McCartney with the left-handed violin shaped bass and it was all over for me – “I want to learn how to do that!”

RdC: I started off digging “Frankenstein” by Edgar Winter and that was it, I was pumped. When I was 9 my cousin asked if I could play this and I was like “no”. Also Clapton, the classic Hendrix. On into the 80’s and 90’s I was getting into the metal guys, Testament, some of the older acts. I liked to listen a lot and emulate their stuff.

KH: I’d say the one person I respect a lot is Dave Grohl because he basically came from behind the drum kit with Nirvana and now he’s one of the biggest artists out there and I love his band, what he does. Great drummer, great producer. I appreciate the mindset where a drummer can come to the front of the band and produce as well. There’s been a handful of those guys over the years.

SM: Each of you have a somewhat similar story behind joining up with Joe for the band. What can you say about that?

SG: I had been on the road non-stop for about six years and I was pretty burnt out and needed to be home. But I wanted to keep playing, not in a local classic rock cover band though. So I started answered some ads, went to some auditions. Then I saw an article in a paper on Joe and later an ad which happened to be Joe’s. We played together and knew right away that this was something that was interesting and I’d want to be involved with. It was too good not to become a part of.

RdC: I was just looking around on Craigslist and saw the ad. Joe and I spoke by phone several times and things started clicking. He mailed me the record, I liked it and started learning the stuff. There was a chemistry there.

SM: Kevin, since you already mentioned how you recently joined the band, how did you first get involved with Joe’s music before the Skills even came about?

KH: Joe was referred to me by Matt Turk, another artist in the Hudson Valley. Joe called me up and I listened to his songs. The cool thing is that Joe sounds like Joe, with a really identifiable voice and the things he brings to the songs. When you’re producing a record you look for things like that and things took off from there.

SM: And Joe, what’s the story behind Kevin joining the band in 2015?

JD: I met Kevin around 2012 when I hired him to produce ebb and flow and always wanted him in the band. I asked him several times but he politely declined because he wasn’t around. We’ve had a couple of drummers in the band and while they were good players they just weren’t the right fit for us. So we recently spoke to Kevin about going back to record in the studio again and I asked him like a hail-Mary pass and I asked him as a far-reaching question if he’d consider again joining the band. I didn’t expect in a million years for a reply but just 5 minutes later he said that he was actually thinking about that. So we talked, the four of us. I basically told him that he created the sound of the CD and that set the foundation for what became The Skills, we play those songs live. Every drummer we’ve had has basically been playing your parts so it just makes sense for you, as the creator of that rhythm and sound to be a part of the group.

SM: What’s the future looking like for Joe Duraes & The Skills?

JD: The future’s looking good now that Kevin is in the band. Kevin, being a world-class musician, drummer and producer for 35 years, brings with him a lot of experience and a lot of knowledge not just with playing drums but in music. You can be a drummer but if you’re not a musician you’re not a good drummer. We’re really looking forward to the door this will open for us. He has a lot of friends, and we have a lot of friends and it should bring us new opportunities to play bigger shows, bigger venues.

Joe Duraes & The Skills are online at their website, Facebook, YouTube, and ReverbNation where you can keep up with their show schedule. Check out the gallery below of some of their 2014 performances in Peekskill, at the River Street Beat Shop in Troy, NY and of Kevin Hupp’s June 2015 debut at The Winery at St. George in Mohegan Lake, NY; but more importantly check them out live.

The Journal News (White Plains, NY)


Joe Duraes & The Skills LIVE @ The Winery at St. George


 

 

Saturday

Jun 13, 2015 – 9:00 PM

1715 E Main St
Mohegan Lake, NY 10547

 

 

 

 More Info


Come see Kevin Hupp make his live debut with "Joe Duraes & The Skills" at The Winery at St. George in Mohegan Lake on Saturday, July 13 at 9pm.

This is part of The Winery's first-ever Artist Residency. We will be playing alternating sets with the amazing JOY ON FIRE.

There is no cover charge, though they do encourage a $10/person gratuity for the artists.

Joe Duraes is an independent artist from the lower Hudson Valley, NY. With his warm tenor and electrified acoustic alt-rock groove, Joe weaves tales that explore themes of love, heartache, relationships, and the world we live in.

Joe and his band currently perform live as "Joe Duraes & The Skills", honoring their home base in Peekskill, NY.

Joe released his debut album "Ebb and Flow" on November 26, 2013.

About "The Skills":


Steve Geller - bass: A professional touring and recording bass player for over 25 years, Steve Geller is probably best known for his work with ex-Monkee Davy Jones, and Chiller Theatre’s Dead Elvi. The list of musicians he has performed with reads like a Who’s Who of Pop/Rock - original Beatles’ drummer Pete Best, ex-Rolling Stone Mick Taylor, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Taylor Dayne, guitar ace Buckethead, and Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, to name just a few. Blues fans may have seen him on tour with harmonica virtuoso Dennis Gruenling, or Blues legend Hubert Sumlin.


Rodman del Castillo - lead guitar: Rodman got started in the early 90s on the NYC Hardcore seen signing and touring with Planet Hate on Energy Records. After several US tours and disbanding Rodman began performing locally as a solo artist and was subsequently asked to join his friend Janice Robinson to open for Tina Turner on her 2000 24/7 Tour. He later went on to do sessions with European artist Gala and can be seen on YouTube performing with other international acts such as Elisabeth Withers of Blue Note Records, African singer Iyadede and Jerry Gaskill of Kings X.

Kevin Hupp - drums: A world-class drummer for over 35 years, Kevin Hupp 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), Edgar Winter, Johnny Winter, Alana Davis, 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. Many of the albums he’s produced have received national and worldwide airplay.


RECENT PRAISE ABOUT JOE'S 'EBB & FLOW' ALBUM:

"Joe's rockin' version of 'Images of Heaven' immediately caught my ear." – Chris Herrmann, Program Director/On-Air Personality, 107.1 The Peak (White Plains, NY)

"'Ebb and Flow' is a passion project built upon decades of musical exploration and fascination." – The Journal News (White Plains, NY)

“Joe has an expressive voice!” – Peter Godwin ('Images of Heaven', singer with the 80s band 'Metro')

About 'Images of Heaven': "Really rockin' and muscular version. Glad you made it your own, even varying the melody here and there. Very nicely performed man. Bravo!" – Peter Godwin ('Images of Heaven', singer with the 80s band 'Metro')

About 'Anything For You': “Joe tears up the highway of life with this sweet sardonic track." – George Cheyne (drummer with the 80s band 'APB')

About 'Love Can Rule The World': "Its sounds great! The performances, production and sentiment…all really great! Keep on making music and good luck with it!” – Kevin Haskins (drummer with the legendary 80s bands 'Bauhaus', and 'Love and Rockets')
There is no cover charge, though they do encourage a $10/person gratuity for the artists.

"Westchester On The Level" (BlogTalkRadio)

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Interview starts around 1 hour (1:00:00)

At the top of the second hour Joe Duraes and The Skills attend to speak to their upcoming musical performances. Joining The Skills is world-class drummer Kevin Hupp, debuting at The Winery at St. George in Mohegan Lake this Saturday, June 13th.

Joe Duraes is Lead Vocal on Guitar, Steve Geller on Bass, Rodman Del Castillo is Lead Guitar, and Kevin Hupps on Drums.

On Friday, June 19th, The Peekskill Coffee House , in Peekskill, NY, and Saturday, June 20th, at Wing's Castle, in Millbrook, NY. They will tour at Gleason's in Peekskill, the MTK Tavern, in Mt. Kisco, the Birdsall House, in Peekskill, and at the Town of Cortlandt 10th Annual Family Fun Day, in Montrose, NY, from June through September 2015. Review their schedule at http://www.JoeDuraes.com.

Cortlandt Daily Voice

World-Class Drummer Kevin Hupp

Joins Joe Duraes & The Skills

CORTLANDT MANOR, NY – Award-winning drummer Kevin Hupp will make his live debut with Hudson Valley band Joe Duraes & The Skills Saturday, June 13, at The Winery at St. George in Mohegan Lake.

Hupp, who has recorded on gold and platinum records, has toured with Eddie Van Halen, Joan Osbourne, Rick Derringer, Iggy Pop and many other top artists. Also an award-winning producer and engineer, Hupp recorded, produced, and provided his drums on Duraes’ first album, “Ebb and Flow.”

Lead singer Duraes said he is “thrilled” Hupp has joined the band.

“He masterfully shaped and developed my sound during the ‘Ebb and Flow’ sessions,” he said. “It just makes sense for him to be the drummer in this band, it feels complete now.”

Other members of the band are Steve Geller, bass, and Rodman del Castillo, lead guitar.

For other places to catch the band this summer, go to: www.joeduraes.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JoeDuraesAndTheSkills

Yonkers Tribune

 

World-Class Drummer, Kevin Hupp, Joins “Joe Duraes & The Skills”

Making His Debut at The Winery at St. George in Mohegan Lake, NY on Saturday, June 13th

Joe Duraes & The SkillsCORTLANDT MANOR, NY — June 1, 2015 — Joe Duraes (www.joeduraes.com), an independent musician from the Hudson Valley, is proud to announce that award-winning drummer, Kevin Hupp has joined his band, “Joe Duraes & The Skills”. Kevin will make his live debut at The Winery at St. George in Mohegan Lake on Saturday, June 13, 2015.

For over 35 years, Kevin Hupp 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), Edgar Winter, Johnny Winter, Alana Davis, Rufus Wainwright, Maceo Parker (saxophone player for James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic, Prince), and most recently Iggy Pop in his eclectic ensemble The Préliminaires.

Kevin HuppKevin is also an award-winning producer and engineer in which he recorded, produced and provided his drum skills on Joe’s first album ‘Ebb and Flow’ in 2013. Many of the albums he’s produced have received national and worldwide airplay, for example Iggy Pop (Préliminaires) and Richard Wyman (Factory).

“He masterfully shaped and developed my sound during the ‘Ebb and Flow’ sessions. It just makes sense for him to be the drummer in this band, it feels complete now”, says Duraes. I am thrilled that Kevin has joined the band.”

Joe DuraesJoe Duraes & The Skills is 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!

“I’m looking forward to joining ‘The Skills’ because these guys are great musicians,” says Kevin Hupp. “When I first met Joe I enjoyed producing and playing the drums on his debut album. And as a result I became an instant fan. Joe not only writes great songs, he also gives 110% all the time whether it’s recording, performing live or on the business side.”

 

About Joe Duraes: Joe Duraes is an independent artist from the lower Hudson Valley, NY. He released his debut album “Ebb and Flow” on November 26, 2013. Joe and his band currently perform live as “Joe Duraes & The Skills”, honoring their home base in Peekskill, NY.

"The Skills" also include:

Steve GellerSteve Geller (bass): A professional touring and recording bass player for over 25 years, Steve Geller is probably best known for his work with ex-Monkee Davy Jones, and Chiller Theatre’s Dead Elvi. The list of musicians he has performed with reads like a Who’s Who of Pop/Rock – original Beatles’ drummer Pete Best, ex-Rolling Stone Mick Taylor, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Taylor Dayne, guitar ace Buckethead, and Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, to name just a few. Blues fans may have seen him on tour with harmonica virtuoso Dennis Gruenling, or Blues legend Hubert Sumlin.

Rod del CastilloRodman del Castillo (lead guitar): Rodman got started in the early 90s on the NYC Hardcore seen signing and touring with Planet Hate on Energy Records. After several US tours and disbanding Rodman began performing locally as a solo artist and was subsequently asked to join his friend Janice Robinson to open for Tina Turner on her 2000 24/7 Tour. He later went on to do sessions with European artist Gala and can be seen on YouTube performing with other international acts such as Elisabeth Withers of Blue Note Records, African singer Iyadede and Jerry Gaskill of Kings X.

Where to catch Joe Duraes & The Skills this summer:

  • Saturday, June 13: The Winery at St. George, Mohegan Lake, NY
  • Friday, June 19: The Peekskill Coffee House, Peekskill, NY
  • Saturday, June 20: Wing’s Castle, Millbrook, NY
  • Friday, July 10: Gleason’s, Peekskill, NY
  • Friday, August 28: MTK Tavern, Mt. Kisco, NY
  • Saturday, August 29: Birdsall House, Peekskill, NY
  • Saturday, September 12: Town of Cortlandt 10th Annual Family Fun Day, Montrose, NY


For more dates and information please see the official band website: joeduraes.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JoeDuraesAndTheSkills

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LIVE INTERVIEW AIRDATE: November 28, 2014
Interview starts around 1 hour and 3 minutes.

At the top of the second hour, we welcome the members of the Joe Duraes Band, who released their debut album on Wednesday, November 26, 2013. The name of the Album, "Ebb and Flow" was written by songwriter Joe Duraes. We'll become acquainted with the band members, the music, the catalyst for their being written, and the celebration of their unique sound.

The Record (Troy, NY) and The Saratogian (Saratoga Springs, NY)

Joe Duraes & The Skills to play Troy record shop

 Joe Duraes & The Skills will be hitting Troy at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, for a free in-store performance at River Street Beat Shop at 197 River St.
James Brooks photo

 

Joe Duraes is an independent artist from the lower Hudson Valley in Peekskill, New York. With some bandmates, his live act is Joe Duraes & The Skills, which will be hitting Troy at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, for a free in-store performance at River Street Beat Shop at 197 River St.

 

The morning-after-Halloween show will coincide with shopping at Troy Riverfront Farmers Market.

Joe Duraes & The Skills is an original indie rock band supporting Duraes’ first album, “Ebb and Flow,” with professional touring musicians. The band members have worked with the likes of Tina Turner, Davy Jones, Ray Manzarek and Pete Best, among others.

 

Recently, Duraes made it to the Top 3 on the ReverbNation Charts in New York City.

 

“We are wowing and building audiences everywhere we play locally, and would like to continue building our following in Troy,” he said.

 

Duraes said he’s drawn to Troy for its brownstones that remind him of Brooklyn, where he once lived for many years before moving to the Hudson Valley.

 

“Troy is a cool city with lots of history. The people are very cool. It has a great music and art scene, and it’s on the Hudson River,” he said. “Doesn’t get any better than that.”

 

Duraes also will be doing an WRPI-FM interview that will air at 3 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 4.

 

Leadman Joe Duraes caught up with Weekender before his Saturday visit to tell his story:

 

How did Joe Duraes & The Skills come to be?

 

I found my bandmates early this year through Craigslist, if you can believe it. Last November I released my debut album “Ebb and Flow” and I wanted to have a band to help me support the album. I met Chris (drums) and Steve (bass) in February and we played a few shows as a three-piece. Then we found Rodman (lead guitar) in May and it’s been bliss ever since. All through Craigslist ads.

 

What’s “Ebb and Flow?”

“Ebb and Flow” is my first album. It was released last year in November. This November marks the first anniversary. It’s a full-length rock album with 10 songs that explore themes that range from love to the opposite of love, as well as the heartache of 9/11 and the beautiful Hudson Valley, where I am from. It took me four years to record it. I wrote “Ebb and Flow” about eight years ago. It became my favorite song for a very long time. When I decided to release an album, “Ebb and Flow” was the perfect choice.

 

What was the inspiration for the album?

 

“Ebb and Flow” is a collection of songs that capture the changes and experience in my life over the last few years. The songs reflect who I am and where I come from, which are experiences we can all relate to. For example, “Eyes Upon The Skyline” is about 9/11 from my perspective as a New Yorker. “Hudson River” is a rocking love song and I live very close to it.

 

What’s your favorite song to play live and why?

 

I love playing “Crash” live. It’s very upbeat, catchy and fun. Audiences love it too!

 

What’s the ultimate goal for the band?

 

The ultimate goal is play for as many people as possible and cast our net as far as we can — to build our fan base. Troy is one example. We spent 2014 mostly playing locally to build our fan base there. Next year we’re planning to take our show out of state including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington, D.C., and Virginia, and anywhere else we can go to.

 

What other artist would you love to share a stage with someday?

 

I’d love to jam live with Dave Grohl some day. But he’s a bit busy nowadays.

 

What’s the atmosphere like when you play at the beat shop?

 

The first and last time I played in Troy was April 2013 as a solo artist. It wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for Steve Malinski at WRPI-FM. Steve lives in Peekskill and I met him one night during one of my shows at The Peekskill Coffee House. He told me he does a weekend radio show in Troy and he invited me to come up. Steve introduced me to Jim Barrett who was very kind to book a show at his store. Jim’s a great guy and I love his store. There aren’t many of them around anymore — reminds me of the old record stores I used to hang out in as a kid. When Jim welcomed me back, I told him the next time I would have a band with me.

 

What’s next for Joe Duraes & The Skills?

 

We’ve been working on new material — almost enough for a new album. It’s been very exciting trying these new songs on people to get their reaction. There’s a good chance we’ll be in a studio in 2015 to record these songs.

 

For more information, visit www.joeduraes.com or www.facebook.com/joeDuraesAndTheSkills

 

Reach the author at lhalligan@digitalfirstmedia.com or follow Lauren on Twitter: @laurentherecord.

The Record (Troy, NY)

Joe Duraes & The Skills playing A.M. show in Collar City this Saturday

By Lauren Halligan, lhalligan@digitalfirstmedia.com,@TheWeekender518 on Twitter

TROY -- The Collar City’s favorite record store is welcoming back an artist on the rise from just down the Hudson.

Joe Duraes is an independent artist from the lower Hudson Valley in Peekskill, New York. With some bandmates, his live act is "Joe Duraes & The Skills," which will be hitting Troy at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1 for a free in-store performance at the River Street Beat Shop, at 197 River St. The morning-after-Halloween show will coincide with shopping at the Troy Riverfront Farmers Market.

Joe Duraes & The Skills is an original indie rock band supporting Duraes’ first album, Ebb and Flow, with professional touring musicians. The band members have worked with the likes of Tina Turner, Davy Jones, Ray Manzarek and Pete Best, among others.

Recently Duraes made it to the Top 3 on the ReverbNation Charts in New York City. “We are wowing and building audiences everywhere we play locally, and would like to continue building our following in Troy,” he said.

Duraes said he’s drawn to Troy for its Brownstones that remind him of Brooklyn, where he once lived for many years before moving to the Hudson Valley. “Troy is a cool city with lots of history. The people are very cool. It has a great music and art scene, and it's on the Hudson River,” he said. “Doesn't get any better than that.”

Duraes will also be doing an WRPI-FM interview that will air at 3 p.m. on Tuesday Nov. 4.

Leadman Joe Duraes caught up with The Weekender before his Saturday visit to tell his story:

Q: How did Joe Duraes & The Skills come to be?

A: I found my bandmates early this year through Craigslist, if you can believe it. Last November I released my debut album Ebb and Flow and I wanted to have a band to help me support the album. I met Chris (drums) and Steve (bass) in February and we played a few shows as a three-piece. Then we found Rodman (lead guitar) in May and it's been bliss ever since. All through Craigslist ads.

Q: Tell me about Ebb and Flow.
A: Ebb and Flow is my first album. It was released last year in November. This November marks the first year anniversary. It's a full-length rock album with 10 songs that explore themes that range from love to the opposite of love, as well as the heartache of 9/11 and the beautiful Hudson Valley where I am from. It took me four years to record it. I wrote Ebb and Flow about eight years ago. It became my favorite song for a very long time. When I decided to release an album, 'Ebb and Flow' was the perfect choice.

Q: What was the inspiration for the album?
A: Ebb and Flow is a collection of songs that capture the changes and experience in my life over the last few years. The songs reflect who I am and where I come from, which are experiences we can all relate to.  For example, "Eyes Upon The Skyline" is about 9/11 from my perspective as a New Yorker. "Hudson River" is a rocking love song and I live very close to it.

Q: What's your favorite song to play live and why?
A: I love playing "Crash" live. It's very upbeat, catchy and fun. Audiences love it too!

Q: What's the ultimate goal for the band?
A: The ultimate goal is play for as many people as possible and cast our net as far as we can - to build our fan base. Troy is one example. We spent 2014 mostly playing locally to build our fan base there. Next year we're planning to take our show out of state including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware Washington DC and Virginia, and anywhere else we can go to.

Q: What other artist would you love to share a stage with someday?
A: I'd love to jam live with Dave Grohl some day. But he's a bit busy nowadays.

Q: What's the atmosphere like when you play at the beat shop?
A: The first and last time I played in troy was April 2013 as a solo artist. It wouldn't have happened if it weren't for Steve Malinski at WRPI-FM.  Steve lives in peekskill and I met Him one night during one of my shows at The Peekskill Coffee House. He told me he does a weekend radio show in Troy and he invited me to come up. Steve introduced me to Jim  Barrett who was very kind to book a show at his store. Jim's a great guy and I love his store. There aren't many of them around anymore. Reminds me of the old record stores I used to hang out in as a kid. When Jim welcomed me back, I told him the next time I would have a band with me

Q: What's next for Joe Duraes & The Skills?
A: We've been working on new material - almost enough for a new album. It's been very exciting trying these new songs on people to get their reaction. There's a good chance we'll be in a studio in 2015 to record these songs.

 James Brooks photo credit.

Living Arts in Westchester

 

The Joe Duraes Band appears in their first TV interview on the "Living Arts in Westchester" television program with host Jackie Suarez. Includes live performances of "Ebb and Flow" and "Hudson River".

Television Staff:

Jackie Suarez - Host
Jim Brooks - Editor
Jackie Suarez - HostJoe Pisano - Director
Helen Pisano - Camera 1
Steve Hedgus - Camera 2
Millie Budddington Aka Sis - Camera 3
Michael Deluca - Producer

Air date: October 11, 2014

WFCS-FM New Britain and Hartford, CT

 

Skype interview with Joe Duraes and DJ Tree on WFCS New Britain and Hartford, CT.

Posted: September 29, 2014
Reporter: Theresa Ahearn (DJ Tree)
Camera, lights, audio, editing: Theresa Ahearn
Live Video B-Roll Footage: Joe Duraes

WHUD-FM 100.7

 

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The Journal News

Notable Neighbor: Montrose music maker Joe Duraes goes with the 'Ebb and Flow'

 

Jan. 19, 2014
Written by Kevin Phelan

 

For Montrose-based musician Joe Duraes, the Lower Hudson Valley is more than just the place he calls home; it’s also sometimes his muse. So when he was asked to perform a tune for a 400th anniversary celebration of Henry Hudson’s voyage up the Hudson River, he knew a simple cover song wouldn’t do.

“I wanted to do my own song, an original song, and (the song) ‘Hudson River’ came out of that,” says Duraes, 46, a freelance public relations specialist. “It became kind of a narrative. It became a song about someone coming in from the city for a date with someone from the Hudson Valley. It’s a Hudson River love song.”

A self-professed “music geek” from the age of 8, Duraes’ lifelong passion recently came to fruition in the form of his debut album, “Ebb and Flow,” released Nov. 26. It’s a passion project built upon decades of musical exploration and fascination, a project that Duraes says speaks to the events, trials and tribulations he’s lived through the past 10 years.

“It’s a collection of songs that capture the changes and experiences in my life over the last decade,” he says. “They reflect who I am and where I come from.”

While he’s been a music aficionado almost his entire life, it wasn’t until eight years ago, when he began working freelance from home, that he experienced a sudden resurgence in his creativity. “I didn’t have that mental business and stress of working in a corporate environment. It allowed my brain space and time to work creatively again,” he says. “It was nothing for me to be working from home and doing the computer thing when all of a sudden a melody hits me and I just stop working for a second, put my guitar on, jingle-jangle for a little bit and next thing I know I’m working on a song.”

The newfound creative freedom allowed Duraes to refocus on his music and songwriting. The result was several of the songs now appearing on “Ebb and Flow.”

Duraes is hoping to build his fan base at local summer concert series like the Pleasantville Music Festival and the Take Me To The River Music and Arts Festival. “I want this year to be really busy,” he says.

The album is available on Duraes’ website, www.joeduraes.com, both to purchase and to stream in its entirety for free, a decision that was important to Duraes.

“If I did this for the money, I’d be kidding myself. I had no illusions of being the next Bono,” he says. “It’s not about the money. For me, it’s about people enjoying it. It’s a gift that I have that I want to share with people. … At the end of the day, it’s about enjoying what I’m doing, making people smile and having fun.”

Here’s 10 things you don’t know about Joe Duraes:

  1. In 1977, after looking her up in the phone book, a 10-year-old Joe called Esther Frehley, mother of KISS guitarist Ace Frehley. After telling her how big of a fan of Ace’s he was, the two developed a relationship over the phone.
  2. Nov. 26 was a big day for Joe. Not only was it the day his debut album was released, but also his 46th birthday.
  3. Despite collaborating with a variety of other musicians on the album, Joe never met any of them in person, instead creating, sharing and mastering the tracks digitally from different studios across America.
  4. He recorded the album over the course of four years and in three different studios: Woody’s House in Croton-on-Hudson, The Groove Room in Brewster and Singleton Studios in Charlottesville, Va.
  5. When Peter Godwin, the artist who originally recorded “Images of Heaven,” heard Joe’s cover of the song for the album, he was impressed. “Joe’s version of ‘Images of Heaven’ is really rockin’ and muscular,” Godwin says. “Glad he made it his own, even varying the melody here and there. Bravo!”
  6. The producer and drummer on the album, Kevin Hupp, is an award-winning percussionist who has worked in the past with the likes of Eddie Van Halen, Iggy Pop, Hall & Oates, Rufus Wainwright and more.
  7. In early February, Duraes will be interviewed by Kathy Millar for WHUD 100.7’s Hudson Valley Artist Spotlight.
  8. He grew up in a traditional Portuguese family, can speak the language fluently and would visit Portugal almost every year until the age of 20.
  9. After teaching himself to play guitar at age 13, the first two songs he learned were Journey’s “Open Arms” and the Beatles classic “Hey Jude.”
  10. Joe is an amateur photographer and will have his work displayed at the Hendrick Hudson Free Library this May.

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Southeast-Brewster Patch

 

Posted by Ashley Tarr (Editor) , November 22, 2013

 

Musician Who Recorded in Southeast Releasing Debut CD

 

When Montrose resident Joe Duraes turned 40, he "got the itch" to revisit a part of his life he thought he had left behind: Music.

Fast forward four years and he's on the verge of releasing his debut album, a dream Duraes thought he said goodbye to when he gave up writing and performing years ago.

"I had no plans of getting back into," he said.

When the big 4-0 arrived, he knew it was prime time for a mid-life crisis, Duraes recalled with a laugh. But buying a sports car was not the priority.

"My wife said, 'Start writing,'" said Duraes, a publicist by day and father-of-one. "She knew there was a skill there. The idea from the beginning was to write songs and make a CD."

Since then Duraes has poured time and energy—not to mention vocals— into writing and recording 10 songs for the album. It's called Ebb and Flow after a track that he said "always felt like a perfect song," and carries a lot of emotion. 

A few of the tunes deal with love, while others focus on the Hudson Valley and New York City. "Eyes Upon the Skyline" is a tribute to those lost in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001

"It’s a collection of songs that capture the changes and experiences in my life over the last decade,” Duraes said.“They reflect who I am and where I come from. They are experiences and feelings most of us can relate to.”

He worked with local musicians along the way and recorded at Woody’s House in Croton-on-Hudson and The Groove Room in Southeast. Some of the tracks were done at Singleton Studios in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"Joe's music and style is very clear and individualist," Kevin Hupp said. Hupp runs The Groove Room from his home in Southeast, and he's worked with Iggy Pop, Eddie Van Halen, Joan Osborne and other well-known artists. "He is who he is, and he doesn't try to be anyone else. I find that refreshing."

Hupp, who plays drums on many of the tracks, loves the album. He describes it as very alternative rock, and "not highly polished" or "overproduced."

Between the Nov. 26 release date and his experience playing at venues across the Hudson Valley in recent years, Duraes is hoping area radio stations like The Peak and WFUV will pick up his songs.

"It can go as far as Joe has the energy to take it, in my opinion," Hupp said.

And it looks like the energy is there. Duraes, a big fan of Led Zeppelin, KISS, Black Sabbath, Elton John and more, is already thinking about a second album.

"Those were my teachers; they taught me, inspired me," he said of the musicians whose work he fell in love with as a child and a teenager. "This album is a translation of that."

A CD release party is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday (Nov. 15) at the Peekskill Coffee House (101 South Division Street). The album will be available online through sites such as CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon. Learn more about Joe Duraes by clicking here

Peekskill Daily Voice

Local Musician Releases New CD

by Sam Barron

November 19, 2013

 

 Cortlandt resident Joe Duraes has a new CD out, "Ebb and Flow."

 Photo Credit: Courtesy of Katie Max

CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- Cortlandt resident Joe Duraes is living out his musical dream.

 

Duraes' new CD "Ebb and Flow" will be released on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Duraes recently had a release party at the Peekskill Coffeehouse where he regularly performs.

 

The album was recorded over four years in several locations, including Woody's House in Croton-on-Hudson. 

 

True to his New York roots, Duraes has a song called "Hudson River", about meeting a girl on the train and spending a day  with her and "Eyes Upon The Skyline" about 9/11. Duraes also covers "Images of Heaven". a 1980s Peter Goodwin song that has generated a cult following.

 

"The style is acoustic rock," Duraes said. "If you went to a record store and looked up the genre, it would be in the Pete Yorn or Bob Mould section. I couldn't put my finger on a specific genre."

 

Duraes said some of his songs sound like Foo Fighters or Husker Du. Duraes connected with Kevin Hupp, a renowned session drummer in upstate New York who connected him with some of the top session musicians in the area.

 

"I was fortunate to have them," Duraes said. "The album wouldn't have sounded the way it does if I didn't have the talent that I have on it."

 

Duraes has been into music since he was a kid, growing up listening to Elton John, Kiss and The Beatles and getting into all aspects of music including interviews and cover art.

 

In high school, he fell into the 80s new wave scene, becoming a big Duran Duran fan, and also listening to bands like Susie and the Banshees and Echo and the Bunnymen.

 

In his 20s, Duraes played in a goth band, performing at CBGB and Webster Hall.

 

"When that didn't pan out, I had to find a career and get a job," Duraes said. 

 

The 46-year old said he got the itch and begin writing again which led to him performing at the Peekskill Coffee House and writing and performing.

 

"It's a collection of songs that capture the changes and experiences in my life over the last decade," Duraes said. "They reflect who I am and where I come from."

The Peekskill-Cortlandt Patch

 

Posted by Ashley Tarr (Editor) , November 15, 2013

 

Montrose Musician Releasing Debut CD This Month

 

When Montrose resident Joe Duraes turned 40, he "got the itch" to revisit a part of his life he thought he had left behind: Music.

Fast forward four years and he's on the verge of releasing his debut album, a dream Duraes thought he said goodbye to when he gave up writing and performing years ago.

"I had no plans of getting back into," he said.

When the big 4-0 arrived, he knew it was prime time for a mid-life crisis, Duraes recalled with a laugh. But buying a sports car was not the priority.

"My wife said, 'Start writing,'" said Duraes, a publicist by day and father-of-one. "She knew there was a skill there. The idea from the beginning was to write songs and make a CD."

Since then Duraes has poured time and energy—not to mention vocals— into writing and recording 10 songs for the album. It's called Ebb and Flow after a track that he said "always felt like a perfect song," and carries a lot of emotion. 

A few of the tunes deal with love, while others focus on the Hudson Valley and New York City. "Eyes Upon the Skyline" is a tribute to those lost in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001

"It’s a collection of songs that capture the changes and experiences in my life over the last decade,” Duraes said.“They reflect who I am and where I come from. They are experiences and feelings most of us can relate to.”

He worked with local musicians along the way and recorded at Woody’s House in Croton-on-Hudson and The Groove Room in Southeast. Some of the tracks were done at Singleton Studios in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"Joe's music and style is very clear and individualist," Kevin Hupp said. Hupp runs The Groove Room from his home in Southeast, and he's worked with Iggy Pop, Eddie Van Halen, Joan Osborne and other well-known artists. "He is who he is, and he doesn't try to be anyone else. I find that refreshing."

Hupp, who plays drums on many of the tracks, loves the album. He describes it as very alternative rock, and "not highly polished" or "overproduced."

Between the Nov. 26 release date and his experience playing at venues across the Hudson Valley in recent years, Duraes is hoping area radio stations like The Peak and WFUV will pick up his songs.

"It can go as far as Joe has the energy to take it, in my opinion," Hupp said.

And it looks like the energy is there. Duraes, a big fan of Led Zeppelin, KISS, Black Sabbath, Elton John and more, is already thinking about a second album.

"Those were my teachers; they taught me, inspired me," he said of the musicians whose work he fell in love with as a child and a teenager. "This album is a translation of that."

A CD release party is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday (Nov. 15) at the Peekskill Coffee House (101 South Division Street). The album will be available online through sites such as CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon. Learn more about Joe Duraes by clicking here

Northern Westchester Examiner

 

Cortlandt Musician Scheduled to Release Debut Album

 

| Nov 14, 2013 |

 

Like many people, Joe Duraes’ day job as a publicist was paying the bills, but it wasn’t personally fulfilling. So, six years ago, Duraes returned to his passion, music, and began writing songs.

 

The feeback the Cortlandt resident received about his music was so positive that he decided to aim higher and create an entire album.

 

“I’ve been thinking about doing an album for quite a while. I thought it would be a cool idea,” Duraes said. “The reaction I got from people made me think I have something here.”

 

Working with some seasoned and well accomplished musicians and producers, Duraes was able to put together enough money to complete his debut album Ebb and Flow, which will be officially released on November 26 but can be purchased 11 days earlier this Friday, November 15 at a CD release party at The Peekskill Coffee House at 101 South Division Street at 7 p.m.

 

“It’s a collection of songs that capture the changes and experiences in my life over the last decade,” Duraes said about his 10-song album. “They reflect who I am and where I come from. They are experiences and feelings most of us can relate to.”

 

The album, which was recorded between December 2009 and October 2013 in Croton-on-Hudson, Brewster and Charlottesville, VA, explores themes that range from love to the beauty of the Hudson River region to the heartache of September 11, 2001.

 

One of the songs, ‘Eyes Upon the Skyline,’ tells a story about September 11, 2001 from the perspective of Duraes who lived in Brooklyn at the time and was riding the subway underground when the first plane struck the World Trade Center.

 

“I didn’t know what was going on,” he said. “It took me the longest to write that song because I knew it had to be done right.”

 

Duraes explained the name of the album was the first song he wrote and reflects, in part, his philosophy.

 

“The song is about life, the good and the bad. Stuff that happens and loss and how people deal with loss,” he said. “My attitude in life is stuff happens, but you have to get up and keep going.”

 

Duraes has lived in Cortlandt for 12 years and has performed monthly at The Peekskill Coffee House for about the last three years. After the CD is released on November 26 it will be available online through CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon and dozens of popular download and streaming sites. For further information, visit www.joeduraes.com.

The Hudson Valley Reporter

Montrose Musician’s Debut Album Pays Homage to Hudson River, 9/11

 

 

The Daily Voice

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013

Montrose Musician To Release Debut Album In Peekskill

by Eric Gendron Neighbors

 

Montrose musician Joe Duraes will release his debut album in Peekskill on Nov. 15.
Photo Credit: Katie Max

PEEKSKILL, N.Y.. -- Joe Duraes, an independent musician from Montrose, will release his debut album "Ebb and Flow" this month and will hold a release party at the Peekskill Coffee House on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.

 

CDs and digital downloads will be available online through CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, and dozens of the most popular download and streaming sites as of November 26.

 

The ten-song album was recorded between December 2009 and October 2013 at Woody’s House in Croton-on- Hudson, NY, Singleton Studios in Charlottesville, VA, and The Groove Room in Brewster, NY.

 

It explores themes that range from love to the opposite of love, as well as the heartache of 9/11 to the beautiful Hudson Valley region.

 

“It’s a collection of songs that capture the changes and experiences in my life over the last decade,” Duraes said in a statement. “They reflect who I am and where I come from. They are experiences and feelings most of us can relate to.”

 

The release party is free and open to the public. The Peekskill Coffee House is located at 101 S Division St. in Peekskill.

 

Check Joe’s website for other performances of Ebb and Flow over coming months.

 

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Peekskill-Cortlandt Patch

 

Local Songwriter Dedicates 9/11 Song to Victims and Families

Joe Duraes will never forget people looking for missing friends and family following 9/11 and has dedicated a song to those who lost a loved one.

 

by Liz Giegerich (Editor) , September 14, 2011

 

In the last ten years local singer/song-writer Joe Duraes moved from Brooklyn to Cortlandt, had a baby and went from a mid-town office in Manhattan to a home office in Cortlandt.

 

Reflecting on the tragic terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and the current war in the Middle East, Duraes says, “it’s a mess. A lot can happen in ten years.”

 

Last year during the holiday season Duraes set out to finish a song he had been “tinkering” with for a few years, “Eyes Upon the Skyline.”

 

“The song is kind of a memoriam so I am hoping that what people get from it is a sense of remembering what happened and never forgetting,” Duraes explained.

 

“Eyes Upon the Skyline,” is Duraes’ personal account of the Sept. 11 tragedy.

 

He starts out on the subway to emerge onto the streets where people are panicking.

 

“Sea of people, shocked and confused; Spilling north on, Fifth Avenue; Siren’s scream, far and wide, ‘cause downtown’s burning, near the riverside,” goes Duraes’ second verse.

 

The song goes on to describe fliers on the walls seeking loved ones, and repeats the word remember many times.

 

Duraes explains that he could never forget the people missing and knowing that they were probably dead, which inspired him to dedicate his song to those families and victims.

The Northern Westchester Examiner