DDrive began rocking the Northeast in 2004 when guitarist Don Mancuso (The Lou Gramm Band, Black Sheep, Cheater, and Celtic Fire) put together his second solo recording effort after finishing tracks for singer Phil Naro’s (Talas, Peter Criss & 24K) “Glass Mountain” project. Mancuso and Naro joined forces to write the first self-titled D Drive album. Singer Lou Gramm (The Lou Gramm Band, Foreigner, Black Sheep) heard the demos for the D Drive CD, asked if he could come in as guest vocalist/co-writer, and they obliged! Canadian producer Steve Major rounded out the direction and production.
Released in 2005, the first D Drive CD received critical acclaim and airplay in the US, Australia, and Europe. The band’s signature sound blends strong classic rock roots with a modern edge sound all its own. The first DDrive CD did so well that Mancuso and Naro decided to put together the band’s second release in 2007 entitled "Straight Up The Middle." The new album has received accolades from a rapidly growing legion of D Drive fans, and is in its second pressing. D Drive released a video in summer '08.
3D was the long awaited follow up to “Straight Up The Middle” (2007) was released in June 2010 and the fans agree it was worth the wait the album has been well received by both fans and media alike around the world. 3D is an album that will be enjoyed for generations to come. 3D has great significance as well, not only as D DRIVE's 3rd release but the CD is also housed in a special edition 3D cover with 3D Glasses and features eleven rocking tracks + the album features some special guests like Long time friend Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Talas, David Lee Roth) on the first single Dig Down. There is no slowing down for the band as the guys continue to showcase the brand of rock ‘n’ roll live, they have already started writing new material for their next release. Make sure to catch them live!
Guitarist John Naro has stepped down as a full time member of DDRIVE to focus on his education at York University. John will be missed as he has contributed much to the band in the few short years with us. We wish John nothing but the best and applaud his decision to focus on his education and we know he will make a wonderful teacher one day. This is not the end but the beginning.
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