Caroline's Spine Biography
Born in Boston and raised in Phoenix, singer+guitarist & songwriter Jimmy Newquist launched the Oklahoma, USA-based Alternative-Rock band Caroline's Spine in 1993. He teamed up with his college friend, Tulsa native guitarist Mark Haugh and the two began to make music together.
Newquist got a record deal with Anza Records, located in Cardiff by the
Sea, California; he and Haugh spent 9 months in the studio and approximately
12,000 miles of driving back and forth from Los Angeles; the result was
Caroline's Spine's eponymous debut album, it was sent to college stations
across the country and went #1 in an upstate New York school.
Soon after that release drummer Jason Gilardi came on board, along with bassist Scott Jones; in spring of 1994 Newquist with the band returned to Anza for 3 days to record "...So Good Afternoon".
The group steadily built a rabid national fan base with compelling live shows and after two more indie albums, "Ignore The Ants" in 1995 and "Huge" in 1996, the band was signed by Hollywood Records.
"Monsoon", Caroline's Spine's major-label debut, was released in April 1997 and was essentially a compilation taken from the four independent releases, plus the addition of one new song and a re-recorded version of "Say It To You"; but it was " Sullivan" that moved them into The Mainstream Rock Tracks chart at #23; the follow-up single, "Wallflower", was practically ignored by radio and failed to dent the charts.
After touring exhaustingly throughout Europe and North America performing with bands ranging from 3 Doors Down and Nickelback to Catherine Wheel, Better Than Ezra and Aerosmith, in August 1999 the Tulsa rockers unveiled their sixth album in all, "Attention Please"; the title-track hit #30 on Billboard's Active Rock chart and "Nothing To Prove" peaked at #23.
Jimmy Newquist wrote 13 new tracks for the latest Caroline's Spine album, which is called "Captured".