Born and raised in New Orleans, LA, guitarist and songwriter AJ Caruso leaped on to the music scene in the mid 80’s, touring extensively across the Southeast U.S., ultimately forming STRAITJACKET SMILE opening for major acts such as CHEAP TRICK, REO SPEEDWAGON, FOREIGNER, KANSAS, LILLIAN AXE, and ZEBRA. AJ has also appeared on numerous nationally released tributes albums, contributing in many cases talents far beyond the guitar. In recent years, venturing into film scoring and other areas, AJ is continuing to expand his musical horizon, creating all original material for a broad array of media such as independent films, commercials, corporate videos, websites, instructional videos and various other media. In 2009, A.J. embarked on his screenwriting and directing debut as he completed work on his first independent horror-suspense thriller short film, and in 2010 completed his first full length movie score soundtrack for Reyo-San Pictures' "My Friend, Oscar.", now available on iTunes. Read more at www.myfriendoscar.com. Now an accomplished guitarist, composer, songwriter, producer, and director, A.J. has formed STRAITJACKET STUDIOS, residing in Atlanta, GA where he now writes and records.