The heart of Cryin’ Muthas began beating on the streets of Brooklyn, New York. Although the band officially formed in 2008, Tommy Scro (lead vocals), Carmine Diorio (guitar), Frank Diorio (drums) and Paul Briscoe (bass) all grew up in Brooklyn and played music together in different bands since childhood. Russ Paladino (sax/keyboards) came on the scene in 1982 at 18, by way of Long Island, New York, and they’ve been jamming together ever since.
The band is truly a joining of friends and family who have played together in a variety of settings as far back as the 1970’s. Their chemistry has long been recognized as super-charged and unique, with a Brooklyn attitude that provides the grit and edge to their sound. Over the years the Muthas have built a reputation for high energy live shows that feature soulful vocals, heavy grooves, and blistering solos. They began rocking the tri-state area with a repertoire that included songs from Edgar and Johnny Winter, Cream, Buddy Miles, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and BB King among others.
By the fall of 2015 the band members felt the need to dig deeper and began writing and recording music for their debut album – “x.” With so many years of playing in support of others behind them, they feel they are finally expressing the music that’s truest to their soul. This music draws upon all of their influences and fuels the fire that burns at their hard rocking live shows.
The release date for “X” is July 2016, and their hope is that this music will enable them to reach new audiences across America and around the world.
TOM SCRO ~ vocals
Tommy is widely recognized as a dynamic vocalist, front man and composer. Though his main emphasis in Cryin’ Muthas is singing and composing, he is also an accomplished guitarist and Naylor Engineering endorsing artist.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Tommy’s voice and guitar playing have propelled several of the area’s hottest Rock and Roll acts over the years. He has burned up the circuit with well known local bands such as Neighborhood Jukebox, Mint Stick and Drivin’ Wheels, but he is most noted for his work as a solo artist.
His 1996 solo CD, “Home Grown,” featured his signature brand of blues based rock, soulful riffs and guitar solos. His songwriting and high energy performances were well received by the rock and roll press, and his music became a shining light in the Brooklyn music scene. His lyrical style conveys the essence of New York City, which he exposed to other parts of the country by touring to great acclaim in support of it’s release.
Tommy counts Paul Rogers, Mark Farner, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eddie Van Halen, Eric Clapton and Robben Ford among his primary influences. He feels that Cryin’ Muthas provides the perfect platform to present his songs, and is excited to be writing and performing new music to bring to a new audience.
CARMINE DIORIO ~ guitar, backing vocals
Carmine Diorio Is the youngest of the multi-talented Diorio musical family. Equally skilled on Guitar, Bass, and Drums, he has been playing all three instruments professionally since his teen years in Sheepshead Bay. He is also a talented writer, and producer who has contributed music and guidance to many projects since the 1970’s.
Carmine’s first instrument was the drums. As a child he would sneak onto his brother Frank’s drum set and try to emulate the beats he heard on the records of bands like Grand Funk Railroad, Led Zeppelin, Tower of Power, Queen and The Beatles. Eventually, his older brother Peter took an interest in Carmine’s growing musical abilities and got him a drum set of his own. From there he began playing constantly and was soon playing drums with Peter’s band, among musicians who were much older than him. His playing developed quickly which led to drumming on sessions in Peter’s “SoundLab Recording Studios.” He provided drums for clients in styles ranging from Rock and RnB, to Dance and Soul music. Notably, he recorded on the Top 10 Billboard charting album “Transformer” with the group Whistle, which was produced by the renowned production team of Full Force and Hubert Eaves.
He began experimenting with the guitar around the same time as he was getting serious about the drums. He had a natural feel for it from the first time he played it, after watching his older brother Peter play for as long as he could remember. The guitar led Carmine to a deep appreciation of Blues and Rockabilly and he began learning by emulating artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Freddie King, Brian Setzer, Danny Gatton, Scottie Moore and Johnny Winter. Soon he was playing and recording rhythm and lead guitar in local bands and on sessions as well.
Carmine has been a main driving force in several popular Brooklyn bands including OverEzy, Neighborhood Jukebox, Drivin’ Wheels, and The Poorboys. He has opened for acts such as Madonna, The Good Rats, and Billy Crystal. He has toured with Andrew Dice Clay’s backing band “The Brooklyn Bad Boys,” and can be seen in the concert film “Dice Rules.”
He has also been active as an actor with credits including The Devil Wears Prada, The Sopranos and The Louie CK Show.
Carmine is excited to be playing guitar and writing for Cryin’ Muthas. The band style best reflects his musical influences, and allows him to express the music that’s closest to his heart. He’s looking forward to sharing this music and performing for as many fans as possible.
PAUL BRISCOE ~ bass, backing vocals
Born in Las Vegas, Nevada and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Paul inherited his parents musicality . His dad Gene played fender bass, trombone, and guitar in the Vegas Show scene and his mom Rosalie, was a successful singer/dancer showgirl as well. Paul’s parents divorced when he was an infant and his Mom brought him to the East coast to live with her and her parents in Bensonhurst Brooklyn. Despite not having an immediate musical guide, he was instinctively drawn towards playing guitar and was encouraged by his family to pursue it with lessons at their neighborhood music store, Maggio Music.
His mom Rosalie exposed him to a variety of great music ranging from Miles Davis to Donna Summer and Paul quickly grew interested in the deep low end sound of the bass guitar.
For 30 plus years, Paul has been playing bass in New York and its surrounding areas, and has recorded and/or performed with musicians such as Chubby Checker, George Lamond, Rocky Bryant, Judy Torres, Dunn Pearson Jr., Dodie Petit, Billy J. Kramer, Andrew Dice Clay, Freedom Williams, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Frank Annunziata, Dana Hawkins, and numerous others. Paul’s playing can also be heard on Liberty Devitto’s band The Slim Kings debut single titled “Dirty Minds,” which was featured on Showtime’s Nurse Jackie. Paul also shares the compositional duties with NYC jingle keyboardist Lloyd Landesman in the rock fusion band Meridian Voice. Their debut release “Atypical Symmetry” was well received and they are currently working on their second outing slated for 2017.
Paul believes that his musical vocabulary was developed by listening to all levels of musicians. From beginners to established players, he tries to draw something from them all. “We tend to only take musical information from whom we consider to be superior musicians, when the real lesson comes from the innocence of musicians that haven’t learned the musical rules yet”. Some popular influences of his include Anthony Jackson, Bill Connors, Joey Lauricella, Steve Gadd, Billy Sheehan, Weather Report, Pat Martino, Will Lee, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Van Halen, Jaco Pastorius, Chick Corea, Prince, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Michael Jackson, Pat Metheny, Omar Hakim, Allan Holdsworth, Whitney Houston, Victor Wooten, John Patitucci, and so many others.
Paul feels completely at home in Cryin’ Muthas and enjoys learning and playing alongside his band mates. He looks forward to continuing on this long musical journey together.
FRANK DIORIO ~ drums
Frank Diorio has been laying the foundation for bands with his impeccable taste and deep grooves since the mid-1970s. He grew up in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn playing and recording a variety of musical styles with his older brother Peter (guitarist, studio owner and renowned producer) and younger brother Carmine. Together, the talented Diorio family helped fuel a sizable chunk of exciting music that was happening in and around Brooklyn, NY from the 1970’s through the 90’s.
As a teen, Frank logged some old-school musical miles, playing 6 nights a week in the Catskills Mountains in Upstate New York. This proved to be an excellent training ground that led to a road gig with an 8 piece show band, playing five nights a week – six sets a night. By the time he got back from the road his skills were as sharp as those of older seasoned pros in the area, and Frank became the go-to guy for many local projects, from Rock to Blues and Fusion to RnB.
Notably, he’s recorded and toured with Capitol recording artist William Oz, as well as the popular band The Starters. Both bands served as the opening act to The Joe Perry Project. He was also a member of a band led by David Letterman band guitarist Felicia Collins, that backed artists Phoebe Snow and Joan Osborne. He has recorded and toured with comedian Andrew Dice Clay, and can be seen in the concert film “Dice Rules.”
Frank counts among his influences – John Bonham, Steve Gadd, Tony Williams, Jack DeJohnette, Elvin Jones and Chris “Whipper” Layton. He feels that Cryin’ Muthas is the perfect vehicle to express the many sides to his playing, and looks forward to taking the band to a wider audience.
RUSS PALADINO ~ saxophone, keyboards, backing vocals
Russ grew up in Oceanside, Long Island in a musical household. His father played saxophone, and his brother the drums. His Dad exposed him to a variety of great music ranging from Jazz, Rock-n-Roll, RnB, Latin, Blues and Opera. In a house filled with instruments, he gravitated to the saxophone, but also learned to play flute, drums, piano and guitar.
Russ has been a player on the New York scene since the early 80’s and has recorded and/or performed with artists such as Ronnie Spector, Brian Setzer, Paul Schaffer, Joan Osborne, Andrew Dice Clay, Debbie Gibson, Jelly Bean Benitez, The Drifters, The Coasters, Felix Cavalieri of the Rascals and countless others.
His sax sounds can be heard on commercials for companies and products as diverse as Sheraton Hotels, Oreo Cookies, and Pfizer Inc., and he has composed and recorded music for Johnson and Johnson Inc, Telluride Film Festival, NY Mets, Media Right Productions and Bob Giraldi Productions.
Russ’ musical influences include John Coltrane, Michael Brecker, Sonny Rollins, Cannonball Adderley, Gato Barbieri, King Curtis, David Sanborn, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel, Sam & Dave, BB King, Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Tom Waits, Luciano Pavarotti, and too many others to list…. He feels that the synergy in Cryin’ Muthas is a musical dream come true, and enables him to write and perform the music he was truly born to make. He is looking forward to sharing this music with as many fans as the band can reach.