Joey Sexton Band
Through the years there have been many incarnations of the Connecticut-bassed rock band led by guitarist, vocalist, and song writer Joey Sexton, but the band really began to evolve in 2010 when Sexton went into Millbrook Sound Studios with 12 songs and a handful of musicians (with whom he had very little time to work) to record “Games” album.
Though he only plays on one track of “Games” album Joe Sciortino (who played with Bill Baker’s 5 Satins during the 80’s) soon became the permanent bassist and backing vocalist for the band. When Sexton mentioned that he was looking for a piano and a HamondB-3 on some of the tracks, Sciortino recommended one of his friends: the talented Art Karpf from Hamden, CT. who quickly became the band’s keyboardist.
When Joey Sexton “Games” was complete, Sexton, Sciortino, and session drummer Norman Deltufo set out doing local shows to promote the CD release. Deltufo was heavily committed with other projects, so Sexton and Sciortino discussed finding a full time drummer. Sciortino once again came through by suggesting Chip Damiani (who was a founding member of the legendary group “The Remains”) and so Sexton, Sciortino, and Damiani, together with Karpf began booking more shows. During this time, while the band was working and rehearsing to refine their sound, Sexton was writing what would become the first album arranged by “The Joey Sexton Band”, called “These Horses”. The hard work soon began to pay off as they were selected to be the opening act at the 2013 Hamden Arts Festival concert featuring Eddie Money.
Soon after the Hamden show, the band was shocked and devastated when Damiani died suddenly from a cerebral hemorrhage, Chip was a great friend and a great drummer, he is sorely missed.
After a period of grieving, the guys picked themselves up and began rehearsing Sexton’s new material, now in collaboration with Dave Davino, the owner and engineer at Studio 23 in Prospect, Connecticut. After an number of unsuccessful tryouts, the band was still in need of a drummer, so Davino invited a long-time collaborator of his: Andrew “A.J.” Levesque to sit in on a few rehearsals and he turned out to be a great fit. He formally joined the band in October 2013.
With the band being now almost complete, Sexton asked the guys to put their feelers out for a second guitarist. Davino, who in addition to being an acomplished engineer happens to be a talented guitarist, spontaneously replied that he would like to audition for the role, and after that they never looked back. Until once again at the end of 2016 the band found themselves wondering if they should continue after longtime band member Joe Sciortino left the band due to health and family issues. Determined to go on the guys are back recording and auditioning bassists for their upcoming CD release and shows.
For more info on Joey Sexton and the Joey Sexton Band please visit: www.joeysextonband.com