I was born and raised in Long Island, New York, and moved to Tampa, Florida in 1985. I never pursued any level of formal training in voice or instrument, although my dad, renowned Charles Anthony performed for 56 seasons (1954-2010) at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. However, there’s been that special musical beholdance and appreciation within my heart, since I was a small boy; ironically influenced in part by The Grateful Dead, Hot Tuna, Clarence White, The Kentucky Colonels, Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, David Grisman.
My Americana / Folk with a twist of Country, Rock, Reggae, Blues & Bluegrass music is now officially expressed by “The Simply Tony Band”, comprised and complemented by Fil Pate on lead guitar, Tom Murray on bass, John Nowicki on drums and Simply Tony on guitar and vocals.
And in April 2010, I was blessed to debut my first official CD “Tony Tale”. This was a 10 month project that was recorded, mixed and mastered by Nick Pages of Crystal Blue Recording Studios. Fil Pate produced the CD and played most lead instruments. Special guests on the CD are Jeff Jones, Tug Winthrop and Brian Lane. The CD has 14 songs - Ten written by Simply Tony (Tony Caruso) - One co-written by Fil Pate and Tony Caruso - Two Traditional tunes and One Grateful Dead Cover (Loser - Hunter & Garcia).
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