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ABOUT JOE KIRSCH & CARL BATTISTA
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…artistic success…
The true sign of success in the music business is not just the hit record or the million-dollar deal – it’s about artistic integrity, longevity and keeping the love for the music. With an extensive catalog of over 100 songs, Carl Battista and Joe “Kirsch” Curcio are still at it after 6-decades of musical collaboration!

…From the neighborhood …Williamsburg Brooklyn...
Carl Battista and Joe “Kirsch” Curcio both began playing guitar at 11 years old. They quickly teamed up with some kids from the neighborhood in Williamsburg Brooklyn NY and started their first bands, Southern Earth and Tarkus in the early 1970s. The grit of the 1970s was fertile ground for these hungry musician, playing everything from hard rock to funk music.

…from Churches to Greenwhich Village…
The streets were alive with music and the times were perfect for young kids wanting to emulate their musical hero's. They played the church auditoriums and catholic school dances and when they finally hit their teens, they played the clubs and bars of the New York City night life -- showcasing at some of NYC’s legendary Greenwhich Village haunts such as Mills Tavern, The Back Fence, and Kenny’s Castaways.

…Vegas, Jerry Lewis, Blondie, and more…
By 1976 while working with The Rhythm Express, Joe, Carl and their Top-40 band were scheduled to headline at The Golden Nugget in Las Vegas and performing for the Jerry Lewis (MDS telethon). The Rhythm Express worked with some of the industry’s inner-circle names of the day, opening for Deborah Harry (Blondie) at the infamous Anti-Anita Bryant festival on NYC’s Christopher Street where over 10,000 danced the night (and Anita) away.

…Atlantic Records at 75 Rock…
Carl
and Joe began their recording career at the ripe old age of 17 and haven't stopped yet. By the late 70’s, The Rhythm Express was picked up by Emerald City Records, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records, where they were showcased at the 75 Rock Warner Brothers studio facility as the next big disco & R&B act.

…ABC, NPR, JVC…
From musical director in a headline band to working as a Project Manager for ABC Radio and Television network in the 00’s, Joe “Kirsch” Curcio continued to do what he does best – work in the music and entertainment industry! Composing program themes for National Public Radio and special event music for the NY Mets, NY Rangers, and JVC Jazz Festival, and working with acts such as Marvin Hamlisch, Bernadette Peters, New Edition, Stevie Wonder, and John Fogerty. Carl and Joe continued to collaborate throughout their entire careers.

…Queen Latifah, the Cat Club, Ugly Kid Joe…
In the 1990’s Carl and Joe “Kirsch” Curcio formed the original band White Lie and began to play and record all original material. White Lie signed a management deal and resumed their live performances, opening for acts such as Ugly Kid Joe at NYC’s celebrated Cat Club, Queen Latifah at the historic Flushing Meadow Queens Day Festival, and Grand Master Flash at Light, Wisdom & Sound. White Lie  pounded the NYC and surrounding area circuits, including regular gigs at CBGB’s, and The China Club, and received rave reviews as being “a bands band”.

…Kenny Gamble…
Although he’s still an active guitarist playing on the Joe Kirsch/Carl Battista tracks, Carl Battista's interest have shifted to producing original material. Together, Carl and Joe remain active in the industry and on the street as a songwriters, musicians, and producers. Recently, music legend Kenny Gamble's son Caliph was producing a project to honor his father on his 75th birthday. Carl and Joe put together a short music piece and sent it over to him. It ended up as the projects lead video on a compilation piece given to Kenny Gamble for his birthday.

Carl and Joe are currently writing and producing a number of new artists and talent for GreenPointMusic.

...they were bitten by the music bug as a young child and happy to have been infected with the beauty of playing and producing music for all of these years...

                                           

 

PLAYLIST:
 

SAMPLER 1
(Mixed Bag) 




His Fire
My Girl Kati ("popular" music)
Middle Of The Nigh (AC)

Get It Done (Americana, backwoods blues)

Cry For Me (Duet ballad)
Whiskey Smile (sorta southern rock)
The Other Man (R&B)
Hold Me (Acoustic Ballad)
Wait My Love (Jazzy groove)
Intoxicated (R&B)
Kamikaze Cadillac (Blues, rock, party)
This way to Nowhere (R&B)
Make Up Some time (R&B Ballad)
Sitting On A Rainbow (Cozy female ballad
You Didn't Win (cerebral ballad)


SAMPLER 2
(Mixed Bag)



Goodbye Goodtyme (Rock ballad)
Mary Mack (Funk, hop, frenzy)
Where were you from the start (Alt Rock)
My Old Chevy (Country Pop)
Soldiers On The Run (Epic Rock)
NastyMan (Rock Anthem)
Little Sister (Straight R&R)
Heroes (Epic Rock)
DaRiva (Down home Rock)
Come_Monday (Rock Power Ballad)
Africa (Epic Rock)


SAMPLER 3
(Alt plus)
 

Goodbye (Rock Ballad)
Another Day (white boy reggae)
BoysToTheLeft (Rock party)
On Fire Now (Alt Rock)
Find Yourself (Alt Rock)
Stormy Night (BB King blues)
Carnival Of Love (70s Rock)



SAMPLER 4
(soundtrack plus)



KARAMU (SOUNDTRACK)
Sweet Home America (USA Anthem)
Hands Across The Water
Summer of our Kiss (Puberty Pop)