In the early 1990's Joe and his songwriting partner Marc Blatte began writing a series of songs that reflected the most important thing in Joe's life (his family) and what it takes to raise a family in this day and age.
The resulting music evolved to become the album Carbon Copy.
Carbon Copy emphasizes the traits and traditions that have been passed on to us by our parents.
As children, we sometimes tried to avoid many of these characteristics and customs through the act known as "rebellion." However, as we grow older, many times we find ourselves actually beginning to think, act, and become "carbon copies" of our parents. Carbon Copy was a project of labor and love for Joe Cerisano.
Recorded in New York, Nashville, and at Joe's home in New Jersey, Carbon Copy features three of the world's finest guitarists: Eric Weissberg (John Denver, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen, and 1973 Grammy winner for "Dueling Banjos"), Jeff Pevar (RayCharles, Phil Collins, David Crosby, CPR, Graham Nash, Carly Simon, and James Taylor), and Ira Siegel (Garth Brooks, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Jewell, Bette Midler, Steve Winwood, etc).
Carbon Copy is a sincere effort by singer Joe Cerisano to capture endearing themes of family and tradition onto a disc of rock-inflected pop. His humble, heartfelt style -- part Eric Clapton, part Bruce Springsteen, part Bob Seger -- uses blues, gospel, and country-rock melodies to explore intimate and personal revelations. Spirited melodies meld with convincing storytelling as Cerisano sings, "The older I get, the more I understand I'm a Carbon Copy of my old man."
"Healing Hand" employs the reverent joy of a gospel chorus, whereas "Reasons" evokes the emotionalism of a Bob Seger ballad. Carbon Copy also features some of rock's most accomplished guitarists (Eric Weissberg, Jeff Pevar, and Ira Siegel) who have worked with the likes of John Denver, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Phil Collins, James Taylor, Celine Dion, and Steve Winwood. With its penetrating moral (and mortal) reflections, Carbon Copy considers loss and discovery through one man's vibrant musical canvas.
author: Scott Piehler
This CD blew me away. Impossible to categorize, and impossible to forget. This disc manages to be hauntingly personal without falling into the navel-gazing that so often dooms "sensitive" singer-songwriters. Joe C. can crank it up, or lay it back, and it_just_flat_works.
If you like your music honest and spiritual, without being preachy, order this disc NOW!
Everyone in the group went on to become successful in their right. Earl Slick went on the have hits of his own and back to being David Bowie’s top choice guitarist. Joe Cerisano went on to become the top session singer American has ever known. John Cory and Jay Davis found success playing with Rod Stewart and Don Henely. Drummer Claude Pepper went back to being one of the top session drummers in LA and started the top R&B club band, Jack Mack and The Heart attack. Together Silver Condor was something really special with a timeless quality that only the best groups possess. I’m sure you’ll agree that even after all these years Silver Condor can take flight and soar with the best.
author: Mark Bennett
It was 25 years ago I sat up in my room and tuned in a local radio broadcast of a band passing through Cincinnati called Silver Condor. After hearing Joe Cerisano's soaring pipes, Earl Slick's raw, tight and memorable licks, I ran out to get a copy of their debut album. This amazing new CD brought those same chills back! If you've never heard this band, and you claim to love music...don't miss this hidden gem. And if you DO know Silver Condor and haven't bought this yet, you need to seek professional help!