CORNERSTONE

Country USA

Style Melodic Rock/AOR/Pop

Cornerstone ( 1982-1992) was a regional touring band in the northeast of the United States. They were based in state of Maine and played throughout New England and the Canadian Maritimes. They were known for professional musicianship, strong vocals harmonies, and energetic 80’s style stage shows with large audio, lighting production and even pyrotechnics. They covered music from Styx, Toto, Yes, Steely Dan, Jefferson Starship, Duran Duran, Little River Band, Bryan Adams, Huey Lewis and the News etc, meanwhile writing and performing original songs in similar styles.

Completed in 1989, “Foundation” was Cornerstone’s first and only full length CD release. They had previous had a single released in 1985 called “Leavin’ penned by Crowley which was pressed as part of a local music competition. Later in 1987 Cornerstone released a single called “Shades of Summertime written by Boutet and Merrill. They would become the primary writers of the songs on Foundation. After this release, Cornerstone continued playing live shows and recording for another 2+1/2 years before disbanding and pursuing other projects.

Lead singer Dan Merrill has remained a performing and recording artist and has released two solo CD’s: “Revolution” in 1996, and “Tomorrow to Yesterday” in 2009. Dan was the singer for the Philadelphia based progressive rock band “Simon Apple” who released “River To the Sea” in 2006. Larry Crowley released a solo CD in 2008 called “Bang!” and Brian Johnson released a self titled CD, ” Brian Curtis Johnson” in 2010. In 2017 Dan Merrill teamed up with the original producer and engineer of “Foundation,” Tom Blackwell, to remaster this CD for this re-release.

– Foundation [1989]

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