Daryl Stuermer grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he began playing guitar at age 11. Early pop and rock influences such as Elvis Presley, The Ventures and later on, The Beatles were instrumental in shaping his musical style and direction. As a teenager, studying the solos of jazz guitarists such as Howard Roberts, Wes Mongomery, and Joe Pass provided more challenge for the self taught musician. In the late 60s - early 70s, his influences soon turned to the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Larry Coryell and John McLaughlin. During a 1975 tour date in Milwaukee, Frank Zappa's keyboardist George Duke, sat in with Daryl's band Sweetbottom, at a local night club.
Later that year, Duke recommended Daryl for an audition in Los Angeles with jazz violinist, Jean-Luc Ponty. At age 22, Daryl went on his first world tour and recorded four albums with Jean-Luc Ponty.
In December 1977, Daryl met with Genesis member Mike Rutherford in New York City to audition for the role of guitarist/bassist for the upcoming "And Then There Were Three" tour. This began a 20 year relationship with Genesis that Phil Collins defined as a "permanent-temporary-part-time member." When Genesis singer/drummer Phil Collins formed his own group in 1982, he selected Daryl as lead guitarist and made him a "permanent-touring-recording member." In addition to touring, Daryl has played on all of Collins solo albums and shares writing credits on numerous Grammy winning albums. Daryl's co-writes with Phil Collins includes: "Something Happened On the Way To Heaven," "I Don't Wanna Know," "Doesn't Anybody Stay Together Anymore," and "Only You Know and I Know."
In between touring with both Genesis and The Phil Collins Band, Stuermer began writing and working on his own music. After finishing the 1987 Genesis "Invisible Touch" tour, he took the opportunity to record his first solo instrumental album, "Steppin' Out" on GRP Records.
The 90's have brought a diversity of experiences to Stuermer's career as a writer, producer and performer. In May 1998, Daryl formed an independent record label Urban Island Music with a new solo CD entitled "Live & Learn" as its first release.
Another Side of Genesis
One of the first collector's choice in guitar music is undoubtly Daryl Stuermer 's new album Another Side of Genesis. No other artist has more knowledge and legitimation to cover Genesis' tunes. If you read about Genesis, you will find names like Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks. May be you will hear about earlier members like Dave Stewart, Anthony Phillips, John Silver, John Mayhew and Steve Hackett. But the world success of Genesis by selling millions of albums was also founded on Daryl Stuermer's skill in playing guitar. Daryl joined Genesis 1978. He was in the band 1978 - 1992. This was the time of big hits like Land Of Confusion (#4), No Son Of Mine (#12) or Hold On My Heart (#12). "Since recording these songs, I've become an even bigger fan of the music. Those years with Genesis were some of the best years of my life," comments Daryl this period of his life.
When Genesis singer/drummer Phil Collins formed his own group in 1982, he selected Daryl as lead guitarist and made him a "permanent-touring-recording member." In addition to touring, Daryl has played on all of Collins solo albums and shares writing credits on numerous Grammy winning albums. Daryl's co-writes with Phil Collins includes: "Something Happened On the Way To Heaven," "I Don't Wanna Know," "Doesn't Anybody Stay Together Anymore," and "Only You Know and I Know."
Follow You Follow me from the 1978'er album And Then There Were Three was a hit in Europe and USA. The start of the Genesis formation as we know them today. Daryl presents a Samba interpretation accompanied by the great percussionist Luis Conte and Kostia on piano and keyboards.
Hold On My Heart from the 1991'er album We Can't Dance is a slowtempo contemplative song with Daryl's wonderful guitar solo. Amy Keys rounded up the tune with background vocals.
Taking It All Too Hard from the 1983'er album Genesis also secured a place in the chart-lists. A romantic song perfectly played by Daryl's guitar.
Throwing It All Away from the 1986'er album Invisible Touch was one of the #1 hits. The album itself was a multi-million-seller. Daryl catches brilliantly the Genesis spirit of this outstanding tune.
Since I Lost You fom the 1991'er album We Can't Dance is a slowbeat piece.
A real break follows with the uptempo beat piece Land Of Confusion, a megaseller, which was among others part of a video with England's famous Spitting Image puppets.
In Too Deep is another romantic tune hooked in our ears since the release of Invisible Touch. Phil Collins rough voice is worthy replaced by Daryl's guitar.
Turn It On Again appeared on the 1988er Invisible Touch Live album and on the 1999er Genesis Turn It On Again hit-collection.
Man On The Corner from the 1981er album Abacab was a Top 40 single-hit.
My personally favorite on Daryl's album is No Son Of Mine. This piece is part of the We Can't Dance album.
Final cut on Daryl's finest guitar is Never A Time from the same Genesis album. It's one of the fireplace/redwine tunes, all admirers of Smooth Jazz love. Guitar music and Genesis songs, what a perfect mixture. Daryl 's hit-collection is a special alternative to other Genesis collections, you shouldn't miss.