This roots rock volcano and fiery live performer has been erupting on our island and showering us with his creative sparks and bright illuminations for decades, with or without his band Stone Caravan. Well-known as a prodigious recording artist, his 13th album is «Sway» but already dates back to 2013. Which might cause some of you some head scratching whether he’s been ok. or what but actually points to the fact that he’s been busy with relentless touring and hitting a thousand stages and ours, all over the world. What’s more, simultaneously and with his mighty presence he’s been engaging in passionate activism on behalf of Light-Of-Day and other NGO’s that are helping the victims afflicted by Parkinson’s, breast cancer and hunger. «You have tohelp people down on their luck». It’s just that simple to him. It’s a Sisyphusian task with Joe’s heart easily the size of that famous stone.
The ursus magnificus currently dwells in Long Island - somewhere between New York City and The Hamptons we presume – and comes out roaring out of there. But his sound was born in the rolling surf along the New Jersey Shore. It’s wild and raucous music in the vein of straight roots rock but with an engaging contemporary twist on how it comes across. The lyrics have a present-day drift as well and convey a blue collar sensibility through his unique take on how to tell a story. It all comes at you like a massive rolling thunder wave that threatens to break apart over your head and lift you up and out to sea. It’s music that celebrates fierce independence and it derives its strength from the melting of his passion with the purpose of his causes.
Altruism aside, as Willie Nile so poetically put it: «Joe plays American backyard gasoline rock’n’roll». Can’t you just smell it?