Albums

The Good, the Bad and the Holy

Joe Tunon

An album of biblical proportions.

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Look Ma, No Band!

Joe Tunon

A collection of solo acoustic covers, with a couple of originals, similar to what I play at the gigs.

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D.I.Y.

Joe Tunon

Various original band songs collected over the years. I had fun multitracking the other guys' parts, hence the title.

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On My Way

Joe Tunon

A long time ago, in a bedroom far, far away, I recorded my first multitrack album. I was 21 when I wrote these. (Pictured here slightly younger)

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Musical Bio

I was born in 1964, the year the Beatles first came to America. What does that mean? Nothing. I just think it's cool.  

In the 1970s, when I was finally tall enough to reach the keys of the piano, I started figuring out how to play the songs I heard on the radio. At 16 I got my first guitar and would sit on the bed for hours figuring out the chords to my favorite songs. (Sometimes I still do.) 

In the 80s, lip-sync contests were all the rage, and I had won enough contests doing a mean Springsteen to buy myself a keyboard. I even got called to be on the TV show "Puttin' On the Hits" (anyone remember that?). I didn't want to lip-sync, so I declined. (And to think I could have been the next Milli Vanilli.) 

I started songwriting on my new keyboard. My friend John Portuondo and I composed a song that was chosen for the commissioning of a WWII battleship, the U.S.S.Leyte Gulf. It was sung by Juan Secada (before he was known as Jon Secada), and it was performed by the U.S. Navy band on the day of the ship's commissioning. (That's pretty much my claim to fame!) 

I didn't have a band, so I wrote some songs and recorded my first home-made album "On My Way". The inside of my electronic keyboard sparked my interest in computers, which led to my day job as an I/T engineer for 30 years. On the side I played my music and directed a couple of youth choirs at Church. John and I tried making several bands work, but we kept finding the most talented but irresponsible musicians in Florida. And so the music went into hibernation, until... 

One fateful day a friend and coworker asked if I would pull out the old 80s lipsync routine for a benefit show at work. I did it for fun and for the cause, and it led to me playing in and directing the live bands for the next 5 shows (see pics and archived videos). I was approached to join a few bands after that, but I didn't want to go through the band drama again, so I decided to go solo with the acoustic guitar, and I've been happily gigging ever since! 

Over the years I got to play every type of private event and I got to be a regular at places like Jimmy Buffet's Cheeseburger In Paradise, Bargello Bistro at the Falls, Black Point Marina, and currently Snook's Bayside in Key Largo. (Shout out to Frank, Fred, Karl, Connie and Ronnie for all the work and the love over the years!). 

In 2010 I won a nationwide Ovation Guitar contest (see my entry at the bottom of the videos page), the grand prize of which was an Adamas guitar that I got to customize myself. (Pics here). It was a musical dream come true. 

A year later another musical dream came true when I married my soulmate, Iris. How is that a musical dream? Well, like most musicians, I always dreamed of fame, fortune, and getting any girl I wanted. I didn't get fame or fortune, but I'm bless to play at a beautiful venue where "everybody knows your name", I get to pay the bills with my guitar, and I got the girl I wanted! (The opening chords to "Drive" by Incubus proved more effective than a pickup line ;-).  

I had some songs left over from my band days, so I played the different parts and recorded "D.I.Y.", followed by an album of acoustic covers, "Look Ma, No Band!".  

In 2015 I suffered a back injury that forced me to stop performing for 2 years. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise, since it gave me the time to compose a musical summary of the Bible.  (I had been a Bible teacher on and off for about 30 years and always wanted to do that). I finished writing it in 2017 and started presenting it to different churches as my back started to heal. 

In 2018 I got accepted by Musicians On Call, a volunteer organization that brings live music to hospital patients, and it was the most fulfilling gig of my life. Music truly heals!

In 2020, with my soulmate's support, we took a leap of faith, and I gave up my day job of 30 years (shout out to my Assurant peeps!) to become a full time musician - at the tender age of 55! (It's never too late!)

Which brings us to today. In 2022, I was the random winner of a year of free Chik-Fil-A sandwiches by Flocknote, the church messaging platform. And what, pray tell, could this possibly have to do with music? Well, it happened on the same day I released "The Good, the Bad and the Holy". Coincidence? Or a divine and delicious seal of approval? Either way... yummy!

On that note, this musical bio comes to a close. Thanks for reading!