DDrive began rocking the Northeast in 2004 when guitarist Don Mancuso (Lou Gramm Band, Black Sheep & Cheater) 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 DDrive album. Long time friend Lou Gramm (LGB, Foreigner, Black Sheep) heard the demos for the debut DDrive CD, and asked if he could come in as guest vocalist and co-writer, and they obliged! Canadian producer Steve Major rounded out the direction and production. Released in 2005, the first debut CD received critical acclaim and air play 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 debut CD did so well that Mancuso and Naro decided to put together the DDrive as a full-fledged band. After the lineup was complete DDrive wrote, recorded and released its second album in 2007 entitled "Straight Up The Middle." The new album also received accolades from a rapidly growing legion of D Drive fans, and is in its second pressing. D Drive released a video in
the summer '08 for the track “Pray for Tomorrow”.
With a killer lineup, two successful releases, and a steady stream of live dates. DDrive was ready to unleash 3D the long awaited follow up to “Straight Up The Middle” (2007) 3D was released in June of 2010. Fans and critics alike agree it was well worth the has been well received by both fans and media alike around the world. 3D is not only the bands 3rd release but has great significance as well. 3D is also housed in a special edition 3D package with state of the art artwork and includes a pair of 3D Glasses. 3D also features long time friend Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Talas, David Lee Roth) on single Dig Down.
DDRIVE have been hard at work on their follow up to the critically acclaimed album 3D which was release in the summer of 2010. The band has never been one to rush a project as they believe quality of their recordings is more important than the quantity of releases. DDRIVE are keeping a tight lid on the details of the new album, but promise that the fans of DDRIVE and fans of rock ‘n’ roll will not be disappointed. The new album should see a late fall release.
In the midterm the band have also been working hard on a retrospective album called “Critical Mass” to introduce a whole new generation of fans to their brand of rock n roll, while giving their loyal and steady followers an album of classics and a taste of what’s to come. “Critical Mass” consists of music recorded between 2004 and 2013 and features 2 bonus tracks, a newly re-recorded acoustic version of “I’m A Little Outside” plus a brand new song called “Ten Things I hate the Most” “Critical Mass” is set for late April 2013 release
"The legendary amount of talent we have on this stage tonight… we are blessed, … we are damn lucky, God, these guys are just awesome,
absolutely incredible…" - Carl Russo, Classic Jock, 97 ROCK, Buffalo, NY
"The combined forces of Mancuso, Naro, … plus a long list of talented musicians… resulted in a melodic hard rock album that deserves global
attention…" - Chris Lambert, Editor in Chief, RockReport, Belgum
"Mancuso‟s feet are rarely on the ground as he rocks crowds – whose asses
are rarely in their seats – with arena-era, blues-tinged guitar." – Frank De Blasé, Rochester NY City News
"Mancuso and Naro have been around long enough to be expert musicians and songwriters…" "Good music never goes out of style, and that’s
exactly what D Drive delivers - good music." - Derric Miller, hardrockhaven.net
"Phil Naro is, without a doubt, the one true voice of Rock ‘n’ Roll" – Paul Autry, ballbustermusic.com