Caroline's Spine is an American alt-rock band started in southern California. The band first gained national attention with their recording of Jimmy Newquist's "Sullivan" - the true story of five brothers lost at sea during WWII. Extensive tours throughout the US & Europe have refined their "astonishing and heartfelt" performances. RIAA Gold certified, Caroline's Spine performs electric & acoustic songs with "shiny, singable rock hooks that set it apart...akin to Live and Pearl Jam." - Billboard.
"Caroline's Spine" was the title of the solo-debut by Jimmy Newquist. Nationally released by the ANZA Records label, Newquist performed virtually all of the instruments recorded for "Caroline's Spine" under the direction of producer/bassist Dan Calderone and engineer/guitarist Joe Statt. Jimmy performed the first Caroline's Spine "band" concert in Tempe, Arizona. The band included lead-guitarist Scott Nelson, drummer Mike Carnicom, and bassist, Bob Curran.
Caroline's Spine was created by lead singer/songwriter Jimmy Newquist. Under the direction of ANZA Records (San Diego, CA) producer/bassist Dan Calderone and engineer/guitarist Joe Statt, Newquist performed virtually all of the instruments recorded for the Caroline's Spine self-titled debut album. Newquist’s former Grovers bandmate, Mark Haugh (Tulsa,OK) contributed guitar parts for the record and along with guitarist Scott Nelson, drummer Mike Carnicom, & bassist Bob Curran - performed the first Caroline's Spine concert in Tempe, AZ.
Shortly after, drummer Jason Gilardi, Josh Cohen, Adam Shore & Luis Moral (Los Angeles, CA) became members of the band. Caroline’s Spine was heralded as a 'Top 5 Unsigned Band' in America by Yamaha Music Corp. To make ends meet, the band sold all their furniture and went on the road. The most famous line- up was completed when Scott Jones (Tulsa, OK), an old friend of Mark's, joined as the bassist. After four records with ANZA, Caroline's Spine signed with Hollywood Records.
The band released two albums, Monsoon and Attention Please and made appearances on two motion picture soundtracks (An American Werewolf In Paris and Varsity Blues). They also toured around the world, opening for famous bands such as Kiss and Aerosmith. Word of mouth and extensive, nightly performances kept the band on the road for years.
Caroline's Spine would release Like it or Not & Overlooked amidst reissues, industry samplers, videos and bootleg "live" recordings. In addition, the band took a hiatus to concentrate on family as well as other music projects. Wanting to pursue other interests, Mark Haugh, Jason Gilardi and Scott Jones departed following a short and successful tour to promote 2007's Captured release.
2008 saw the release of the new Work It Out album and tour to follow with new lead guitarist Matt McHan (2008-present), the song Light Inside becomes the most downloaded Caroline's Spine song. Balancing short tours and family life, Jimmy starts work on a concept album that takes him many years to complete. Also during this time, Jimmy released some singles occasionally that didn't fit his concept project including Eskimo Butterfly and Do You Remember When while other song ideas were explored. Around 2009 Jimmy caught the wave of artists that began to perform private performances for fans and corporate events and that has kept him on the road a lot of the time while working on his new vision for his next release.
In 2020, right before the pandemic, Stranger Angel was released, a sort of "commuter track" concept with the entire EP meant to tell one linear story. A limited edition bonus CD was available at that time that had alternate versions of the songs and some other rare tracks. The pandemic saw the start of live online shows using the Zoom platform which has continued with a loyal following. Meant to be an interactive format with some fans asking questions between songs. This allowed many to hear all sort of rare and seldom played Spine songs, some nights had Jimmy playing an entire album from start to finish in sequence, while other nights were sometimes a top 10 rundown of all the top request from those that buy tickets. Summer of 2021 during one of these shows he debuted a new song and talked about it being on the next released, stay tuned.