The Cosmic American Derelicts were founded in the spring of 1998 and have been going strong ever since,. The Derelicts have released 4 albums and have performed on some of the world's most famous stages, traveling throughout the US and UK over the course of their 23 year career to bring their style of music straight to the people. A true rock and roll band in every sense, the Derelict's brand of music ranges from honky-tonk/country-bluegrass to heavy blues and r&b, as well as some forays into psychedelia/acid rock, folk, funk and reggea/ska. These cats really love to play and with each record the Derelicts have grown in their music, taking different musical paths, leading to new plateau's of sonic joy. Their influences include, The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Byrds/Flying Burrito Brothers/Gram Parsons, Savoy Brown, The Yardbirds, Cream, Townes Van Zandt, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Fleetwood Mac-Peter Green, Grateful Dead, Buffalo Springfield, Tony Rice, Louvin Brothers, Johnny Cash, all things Motown/Stax/Muscle Schoals/Chess, and of course Elvis, Jerry Lee, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino!! The Derelicts live and breath rock and roll, always wearing their influences on their sleeve and carrying on the musical traditions of their forefathers.
The Cosmic Americans Derelicts band members are: 2021
Co-founding Member, Bandleader & Producer-George Kapitanelis- Fender Bass, Acoustic Bass, Songwriter/Arranger
Eddie Rainey-Guitar, Mandolin, Lap Steel, Slide Guitar, Dobro, Drums/Percussion and Vocals
Scott Lauro-Guitar/Banjo/Lap Bender, Vocals/Songwriter- Our longest tenured singer (16 years-2006)
Danny Pavas-Guitar, Songwriter & Vocals
Nick Reeb Fiddle-vocal
Rob Clores- Acoustic & Electric Piano/Hammond Organ & Synths
The Derelicts never forget their roots, and former members regularly sit in from time to time-
Original Derelict Drummer Overdose Galinos Kapitanelis
Original Derelict Joe Wilkinson-Guitar/Songwriter/Vocals
Co-founding members Mike Corr-Guitar/Songwriter/Vocals
Co-founding member Brian Murray-Singer/Songwriter, Rhythm Guitars
George, Mike and Brian formed the band whilst hanging in a bar over a few beers back in the early spring of '98. The original band also consisted of Joe Wilkinson, Overdose Galinos, and Sotiri Karlis on congas. Eddie joined in on the third gig, (Aug '98). Mike, Galinos, and Joe W, all split by the end of '98. Leaving the band a four piece. They then proceeded to record their self-titled debut album spring April 2000, and released in Dec 2000. In July of 2001 Brian split and Joe Wilkinson joined back up with the boys to help them fulfill their gigging obligations and also added a few songs to the Derelicts second album the Product '05. Joe performed with them on and off until 2005, when he moved to the west coast. Joe still sits in with the band from time to time and will be adding his talent to the Derelict's upcoming Bergenfield's Blues Vol. 1 album, due out in December of 2021. In that same time period we also had a very talented Jamaican singer sitting in with us, Latoya Williams, sang with us, on and off for about 3 years, and Danny Pavas also joined for a short while in that same time frame, 2003-05. Although their time in the band was short lived, the Derelicts did feature Latoya on the second album, The Product-2005 which was compromised of 4 George/Latoya songs, 4 Joe W, songs and 2 Derelicts country instrumentals. In early winter of 2006 current singer/songwriter Scott Lauro joined the band and helped them write their next two albums, Songs From The Homestead-2008 and Whiskey & Blood-2016.
The Derelicts are currently writing and recording many new songs, these recordings will feature current and past members of the band and their songs, (Brian, Scotty, Danny, Joe, George, and Mike). The plan is to release 5-6 albums within the next 12 years or so.
The Derelicts have completed an album of original songs titled (8), written by George Kapitanelis and sung by their friend and British singing legend Terry Reid. The Derelicts hooked up with Terry Reid back in 2007 and have been touring and performing with him ever since, having played almost 100 shows to date, and also recording several songs, which appear on, Whiskey & Blood and Smells Like Music 2009-George's collaborative album with Danny Pavas. The band is planning on releasing the Terry/Derelicts album sometime in the spring of 2022. George will also be completing Bergenfield's Blues, the Derelicts 7th LP, an album of blues/R&B songs which George wrote and recorded with the boys over a dozen sessions between Aug. 2020 and Aug 2021. Looking to have it wrapped up and out on the streets by December 2021.
In the summer of 2020 legendary audio guru/mastering engineer Barry Diament approached us to see if we would be inclined to create a partnership with his label SoundKeeper Recordings, to commit to creating 2 new albums of original music, one acoustic and rootsy, the other more honky tonkin, rock and rollin. After a few very encouraging conversations we have decided to take the plunge and sign on with SKR for another musical adventure. We are very excited to be partnering with such a fantastic label. Barry is a true craftsman in his work and we are really looking forward to working and laughing with Barry.
As long as we can draw breath, we will continue to spread the gospel of rock to all who will listen...So buy an album and start your musical trip. Get Derelized!
For bookings contact George at Tcad69@gmail.com