Today we have Joe The Bluesman with us and here we are sharing the exclusive interview of him with our loyal readers.
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Q: First of all we want to say welcome to you.
A: Thank you, I appreciate the opportunity to tell you about Joe the Bluesman
Q: How did you come into music industry?
A: Slowly! Well I dabbled as a young man in the LA and San Diego areas of California as a guitarist and bassist. But became frustrated with the whole band thing and at that time I didn’t think I could sing, so out of frustration I sold off most of my gear and started oil painting, the timing on that coincided with my decision to become a family man, so music as anything more than personal pleasure was put on the shelf. Then in 2000 I got the bug again, I needed to play, so started acquiring gear again and started playing with the intent to perform. It was a few more years before I felt I was ready, and by then there was this on line revolution, so it was about 2004 I started putting thing on line. In a very primitive manner, but that is how I came to currently be in the music world.
Q: Who was your inspiration for music?
A: Whew, so many, as a kid I listened to everything from the Stones, Johnny Winters to Johnny Rivers, Everly Bros., and Ray Charles! My father played a lot of Jazz so I heard a lot of that through my teens and as a young man. It was Blues guys that I wanted to imitate as a kid. As I got older and listened to more and more, I’ve been inspired by so many. When I first got back into music, around 2000, Walter Trout and Buddy Guy were huge inspirations. They both still are, But I find myself inspired a lot these days by Johnny Cash, Willy Nelson.
Q: What is the name of your debut song?
A: First thing I put on line was Ol’ Black Cat. A song that is a double entendre, it is about my black cat but really about all the women. It isn’t probably, very condoned by the “Me Too” ladies but it is meant to be in fun.
Q: Say something about your musical journey?
A: Well, It started slow. I was a novice with no idea what to do next. Then I got some direction and things moved along much better, very excitingly even. But the core word… frustrating! Just because I want to do more and more, especially live shows and they are not easy to land. BUT the antidote to the frustration is to do more. The more I apply for gigs the more I get gigs! Funny that way! So the journey is often emotionally trying, but, the rewards are so great that I can’t imagine not being on this journey.
Q: Who helped you most in your journey?
A: Truly, Chris at Entirely PR has been the greatest help. Of course friends and family have been there. And inspirational words from people along the way, Leon Blue, was a neighbor and has been supportive. But it was Chris that guided me through the new century of the on line music world.
Q: Who gave you pieces of advice?
A: While Chris has been a wonderful guide through the music world, the best advice, the advice that sticks with me every day is my Mother and Father’s advice, “Do what makes you happy!” Interesting that when you get old and have lived through the crap, the advice you give, Do what makes you happy!
Q: What do you do now a days?
A: I’m retired from my day job, well mostly, I do some side work for my former employer, but mostly enjoy retirement, traveling in my RV and making music.
Q: Let us know something about your future projects
A: Have just written 2 new songs, so I am looking to record these soon, as well as some cover songs. My goal is to release a new single every 3 months so I can keep my journey moving along. I am very excited about the new songs, One of them is very personal and I think will resonate with anyone who has been in and out of love. Additionally I am constantly looking for new gigs, I expect to play gigs in the tri-state area of southern Ohio, Kentucky, will be in Louisville, Memphis and Nashville this year.
Additionally I have launched a new YOUTUBE cooking show, Joe the bluesman’s Traditional Kitchen. Every month I will be demonstrating a new dish that you will enjoy to cook and eat. The feedback is exciting, people find the show entertaining! So check it out.
Q: What is your message to your fans?
A: Please click on the new material, I am very excited about it and hope you all will like it as well. Also, please click onto my website, joethebluesman.com to see what’s new. Also check in at Facebook.com/joethebluesman, the info is there as well. And don’t forget to check out the cooking show, I think you will enjoy it.
Q: Any message for new artist?
A: Same as my Mother and Father… DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY! But don’t give up, there are encouraging moments all te time, don’t get too frustrated when things don’t move as fast as you’d like.