“NO MORE TROUBLE IN THE PEACE” now available on pre-release


Now you can finally hear it for yourself…and order your copy ahead of it’s public release.



Well.  Malcolm Maclean called me and said ‘I want you to come to Alberta and play my wedding.’  I asked what the date was and he said July 30th and I was sad to report that was impossible as it was Artswells.  So he called me back after calving a few cows and said they changed the wedding date and now I had to come…so I said HELL YEAH!!  Now I’m heading over the mountains and gonna play a bunch of shows…tell your friends to be there!!


July21: DV8 Tavern, Edmonton AB

July22: TBD by the groom, Bonnyville AB

July23: Malcolm Maclean/Jeny Soucy Wedding, Bonnyville AB

July25: Sideliners Pub, hosting open stage, Edmonton AB

July27: Pinecone Opry with Boots and Give Em Hellboys, Red Deer AB


NO MORE TROUBLE IN THE PEACE: Online Release July 29

No Trouble In The Peace Album Cover low qANNOUNCING ONLINE RELEASE ON CD BABY and BANDCAMP: July 29th!!

Doing this to try and raise more capital for the project.  You can also donate at our GoFundMe page.

Also coming soon: official music video for NO MORE TROUBLE IN THE PEACE.  In editting and production right now, hopefully ready by July 29th as well.

Also coming up…official album launch…NO TROUBLE TOUR DATES including October 1st at the Prince George Legion, October 9th at Vancouver’s WISE Hall and October 15th at the Occidental in Quesnel!

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Canadiana  outlaw country virtuoso and folk singer Joey Only and his band of Outlaws are hot out of the gates and ready to share their latest recordings. Fresh back from the Transgression Trail, Joey Only has a brand new full lenth LP, “No More Trouble in the Peace”. This album is about trouble and redemption with explicitly Canadian content.  The songs you will hear on this album speak about the restlessness of the heart, finding family, lost loved ones and overcoming unimagineable struggles.  Anyone who has heard the demo cuts already agrees, this record will be the best product Joey Only has ever created.

The title track ‘No More Trouble in the Peace’ is a joke song about the oil and gas companies trying to take over my friends ranch up in the Peace District here in British Columbia.

‘Beer League’ is a hockey song telling the story of the Big Dog Plumbing Team down in Nanton Alberta.  The last team unfortunate enough to have Joey Only staking down the wing.

‘North of Number Seven’ waltzes eloquently about the loss of the old rural ways.  It’s a lament about how things just never stay the same.

‘Walker Rock’ encourages survivalists to hit the bush when the shit hits the fan.  Live in the shadows, think like an animal…you will do what it takes in those life or death days.

‘Noble Cause of the Cowboy Soldier’ is mostly based on the true story of a fallen friend and his family.  The Alberta born young man went to Afghanistan and didn’t last a month there, the family didn’t want him to go but he believed he was doing the right thing.

‘Tempest Wind’ is the true story of our friend Tempest Grace Gales murder on Hornby Island BC, November 16th 2009.

I become widely known as a Stompin Tom Connors impersonator.  So I rewrote the words to Tom’s tune ‘the Don Messer Story’ and relabled it ‘the Stompin Tom Story’ and now open my Stompin Tom Tribute shows with this number.

‘Cold Wooden Box’ is an epic waltzing ballad that reminds us to not take life for granted because it is so short.  The only success I hope for is to have my songs remembered when I am gone.

JULY: Shows in Alberta and BC..Album Printing Underway and more

MapleRidgeJuly2016Firstly…the album has gone to print!!  NO MORE TROUBLE IN THE PEACE is weeks away from being back in our hands.  Official release is going to start in September/October with shows already booked for PG, Vancouver and Quesnel .  It was a project we started in March 2015 and have patiently, meticulously and laboriously combed over every detail of the production so as to make it as close to as what we view as perfect as possible!

Advanced copies should be available by the time Artswells rolls around.  We will also be doing an online release in the near future to try and raise some more capital, look for the announcement very soon as to the date for that.  Also, we are still accepting donations for thisRickshawPosterJuly2016 project.  I am going into debt for duplication but am still hoping to pay our publicist from our gofundme campaign, as it is what we have left in the bank is probably less than half of what she’ll need.  This whole project is for nothing without her publicity!!


SHOWS!!  Yes, coming down to the Lower Mainland this weekend.  Friday night we’re at the Haney House in Maple Ridge and Saturday we are at the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver (with Devil in the Woodshack, Space Chimp and Cornshed).  The show promises to be fabulous!!  From there I have a couple weeks off before I head over to Edmonton to play PineconeOpryDV8 on July 21 and then to Bonnyville AB for Malcolm Macleans cowboy wedding to Jenny Soucy.  The next week I will make an appearance at the Pinecone Opry in Red Deer Alberta (July 27 with Boots and the Hoots and the Give Em Hell Boys).

Artswells Festival starts here right after that which will kick off my busiest part of the summer schedule…the next number of weeks after that have me busy at Camballah, Robson Valley Festival and Music on the Mountain!

I am very much looking forward to all that’s coming up!  Will keep this short for today…No Trouble In The Peace Album Cover low q

Outlaw Band June Newsletter

We just played our first gig in seven months as a band.  If you recall bassist Ed Hanrahan had double knee surgery and has been on the disabled list since last year.  But we got to Sweetwater 905 Festival outside Rolla BC and hit the stage at midnight firing wildly in all directions.  Ed was so happy to be back.  We were so happy to have him back.  We were so happy to be back.  The crowd exploded with joy and so did we.  So we’re back!!  RickshawPosterJuly2016

That same weekend we also recorded 3.5 hours of footage for a 3.5 minute long music video that’s in production.  No More Trouble In the Peace will be the first official music video of this album – and with any luck it’ll be public midsummer.  Josh Trotter Wanner did the filming with us in locations such as the Sweetwater Festival, the Rolla Pub, the Peace River and more.

The album No More Trouble in the Peace is now mastered and the artwork layout has begun.  The album will be released in mid-September and we are currently booking the release shows which I ambitiously hope will take place in many towns across the BC.  More on that later.

We are still raising money for the record and desperately need support…all the money we raised so far has already been spent on production.  Please go to: https://www.gofundme.com/joeyonlyoutlawbandand give us your childrens college fund.  In return we’ll say a healing prayer for you or something

Upcoming shows!!  You can find us at the Haney in Maple Ridge on MapleRidgeJuly2016July 8th and the next night (July 9)  in Vancouver at the Rickshaw Theatre with a slew of great bands such as Devil in the Woodshack.  It’ll be a legendary show, all the bands involved are noteworthy!

There’s a rumour we’ll be opening for a famous Canadian classic rock band in July as well but no confirmation on that yet.

Then I’ll be in Bonnyville Alberta on July 23rd for Malcolm Maclean and Jeny Soucy’s wedding with Edmonton’s best outlaw band the Give Em Hellboys.  The rodeo is in town there that weekend so I’ll be playing a show there as well as another in Red Deer (which will be announced in two weeks time).

The end of July brings Artswells which I will play at for the 11th consecutive time.  I have now played more Artswells Festivals than any other singer songwriter. The line-up looks great again this year.

The next weekend I attend once again an annual private party called Camballah  before we get to Robson Valley Music Fest the next weekend on August 13th.  August 20th we’ll be at Music On the Mountain in Fort St.James opening up for the legendary punk band DOA.  My summer season always ends with Barkerville Cowboy Festival on September 10th.

From that point forward we start our CD release shows…details on that will come out next month!  Already I can tell you we’ll be at the WISE Hall in Vancouver on October 9th!!  This is gonna be a fun summer…but I’m already looking forward to the fall and our album launch.


When I go fishing I’m usually not in it for sport, I intend to eat something.  Even if you play by the rules there’s an opportunity to eat for cheap and make a dent in your grocery bill.

The best advice I can offer you is talk to the people in your community

12lb pike, caught with a worm and bobber while standing in some rapids outside Actinolite Ontario...good memory, good eating.

12lb pike, caught with a worm and bobber while standing in some rapids outside Actinolite Ontario…good memory, good eating.

who know the place better than you.  Go and do what they tell you.  Use common sense, don’t be greedy and don’t fish out the stock.  Know what the rules and penalties are where you are going.  Don’t leave home and not have gear.

Use live bait when you can.  When I was fourteen I landed a 12lb pike with a worm and bobber.  I’ve caught fish with corn, cheese balls, frogs, dead mice, minnows, leeches, crayfish, grasshoppers, fish eyes, roe, chunks of bacon, dragonflies, moths, grubs, newts and every kind of lure.  If I told you I used a kitten for musky I was kidding.  A combination of lure and live bait can work best but not all places allow for live bait fishing.

First fish of 2016, a keeper.

First rainbow of 2016, a keeper.

I use a lot of different techniques in a year.  It’s a game of percentages.  In the right moment the same trick may work for any kind of fish.  Learn the tendencies of different fish.  Talk to locals, watch fishing shows, experiment, observe and try different things.  Taking account of the body of water, its currents, time of year, time of day, weather, type of bait/lure, types of fish present and whether your technique is working will all greatly effect your odds.

Where legal to do so salt the water with something greasy like a piece of salmon roe.  When the oil spreads it sometimes turns a quiet hole into a predator hot spot.  I put smells on my hands so that my stinky, greasy, cigarette, liqour smells don’t taint my line and lure.  Touch your catches so your hands and lures stink like fish.  This is important in murky water.

Retrieving a snagged lure on a day I left the hip waders at home.

Retrieving a snagged lure on a day I left the hip waders at home.

I’ve done a lot of fishing from shore.  I use hip waders and often throw down the rivers current.  Getting your lure to play properly in the current is key, sometimes this is impossible standing on shore.  I look for deep pockets in the water, drop offs, places where currents converge and hiding places.  Learn to work your lures in different ways.  Figure out where the hunters hide and get their attention.  The hip waders are also handy in lakes where deep water is further from shore and often allow me to safely retrieve snagged lures.  If I’m fishing far out in them I bring a net.

Always hold the biggest fish out in front, unlike here in this 1983 pic where my relative holds the small fish and the 8lb sheepshead is behind my head.

Always hold the biggest fish out in front, unlike here in this 1983 pic where my relative holds the small fish and the 8lb sheepshead is behind my head.

I find weights on my line are helpful for getting a good cast off but in shallow water they can lead to snags.  Quality 8-12lb test fishing line is worth the extra money; it’s thinner, stronger, casts further, tangles less and you lose fewer lures.  Always bite off bent, twisted and compromised line and start fresh.  Sometimes I find it handy to go to some shithole, like Walmart, and get those 5 packs of red devils/spoons for $5.  I don’t want to throw away my best lures in rough or shallow water.

Cheap telescopic rods break easily but you can clip them on your pack with a caribeaner and go anywhere in the bush.  Go to yard sales and buy everything that is cheap.  I have eight different rods kicking around I don’t care about for other people.  Canoes are easier to fish in than cayaks.  Get a second hand motorboat if you can.  9 horse motors are cheap at Crappy Tire and good for trolling.  Ice fish if it’s winter.

Even if all you get is a real small fish...make sure you never let your father-in-law forget the day you caught more than him.

Even if all you get is a real small fish…make sure you never let your father-in-law forget the day you caught more than him.

When a fish grabs your line jerk the rod and set the hook deep in its mouth.  Keep tension on the line.  Set your drag so that if the fish pulls a bit of your line comes out and decrease your chance of breaking it.  Be strong if they are going into obstacles, stay with them but try to keep them deep as long as you can so they jump less.  If they jump let off so you don’t pull the hook out of their mouth.  Let them run if they want but keep tension so the hook stays set.  Let them tire out.  Being impatient and trying to get the fish in too quickly may result in losing them within your reach when they flail.  Use a net.

A lot of people like to drink beer when they fish, fishing with a bobber

Rainbow trout.

Rainbow trout.

works well for this.  I’m an active fishermen and I never seem to be able to take my hands off the rod long enough to drink.  That’s why I suggest either hard liquor or pre-rolled joints that can just hang out of your mouth while you fish.  Instead of trying to pass one joint around sure everyone has their own.  Don’t let your hands get too stinky.  If you get caught drinking and boating you’ll have a bad day.  Make sure your boat isn’t helping an invasive species of plant or animal move to a new habitat.  Be a safe boater.

Why not cook it in the pan with some butter over a shoreline fire.  I often cook them whole then pull the spine out.  Fillet bigger fish.  A

Just another 2lb large mouth.  Photo outside Parry Sound 1992.

Just another 2lb large mouth. Photo outside Parry Sound 1992.

large pike can be filleted so you don’t get many bones.  Make sure your fillet knife is sharp.  I’ve bought a lot of cheap fillet knives over the years.  Make a kick ass soup out of the filleted spine.

I think baked fish is best served medium-rare to medium and cooked at 300-325 degrees.  Butter, salt, pepper and lemon are a must.  Stuff it with onions and garlic.  Make your own tartar out of mayo, relish and lemon juice.  If you have fillets or salmon steaks dip them in egg then roll them in flour loaded with garlic salt and pepper.  Throw them in the deep fryer or a well oiled cast iron pan.  Salmon heads make excellent soup.  Eating the brain seems bizarre but that’s what a fat craving grizzly bear would want.  The cheeks and eyes are rich.  Not all fish are fatty enough to sustain you.  By making use of the head and bones you can score more precious fatty acids.

Smoked trout a'la'Joey

Smoked trout a’la’Joey

I love my smoker.  The Little Chief smoker works well.  I have a big wooden box with a door and a hole at the top, there’s oven racks inside and a hot plate.  I put a pan on the burner with various bits of wood in it.  Sometimes I buy premix packs and sometimes I use Cottonwood or whatever is handy.  See what trees in your region are used by the locals.

The brine is important, don’t skip on the brown sugar or maple syrup.  You can half smoke your fish for a couple hours or leave it for a day or two so it dries.  You can use your smoke house like a big dehydrator, add heat but no smoke.  You can freeze your smoked fish.  You can freeze all of your fish.  Canning and pickling fish works but it’s not really for me.  Canning, smokehouse and brine recipes are online.

Chowder made from smoked fish.....mmmmmmm.....

Chowder made from smoked fish…..mmmmmmm…..

Lastly always keep a spool of fishing line and some hooks in your truck or survival kit.  Becoming a ruthless fish killer takes time.  If you’re hungry you’ll either learn quick or be glad you learned before.  You will need to do more than just read articles.  You’ll have to learn to tie your own hooks and put your own worms on them.  Good luck!

Sockeye salmon

Sockeye salmon

MARCH: band news, tour news etc.

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BOOTS AND THE HOOTS TOUR COMES THROUGH THE CARIBOO: April 4th at the Jack of Clubs Pub in Wells BC and April 5th at the Occidental in Quesnel.  I’ll be opening for these shows.  We met Boots and his Hoots in Red Deer Alberta last year.  They play an old-timey kinda pro-cannabis country music and dress like the Grand Old Opry.

SOUTHERN SPRING SWING APRIL 22-30: I’ll be heading down south in April to play Penticton’s Gallery 557 on their artistic Pecha Kucha night on April 22.  The Byng Roadhouse in Cranbrook on April 23.  The Grateful Fed in Kelowna on April 27.  I’ll be performing my Stompin Tom Tribute on April 28th at the Royal on Baker in Nelson BC.  House show with Dave Soroka in Grand Forks on April 29th.  Gallery Vertigo in Vernon with Dave Soroka on April 30th.

SUMMER FESTIVAL CIRCUIT: We just agreed to play Sweetwater 905 on June 11th in Rolla BC.  After that we have a lull till I play solo at Hootstock Festival at the end of July.  Other notable festival appearances will be Artswells, Robson Valley Music Festival and Music On the Mountain where we get to open up for the legendary punk band DOA!!  As always I’ll be doing Barkerville’s Cowboy and Drover Festival in September.

NO TROUBLE IN THE PEACE -ALBUM UPDATE: Six out of nine songs are done and ready for mastering for our new record No Trouble In The Peace.  Advance copies will be ready in time for festival season and our official release and promotional push will commence when the summer ends.  The songs sound better than I ever dreamt they would, I just know this record is gonna turn some heads.  We’re still trying to raise money to pay for the whole project, especially to pay for our publicist and her operating costs.  If you wish to donate please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/joeyonlyoutlawband

10TH YEAR OF THE BAND: On March 3rd the Outlaw Band didn’t celebrate our 10th anniversary, but it happened anyway.  To celebrate I released my movie NO GLAMROCK COUNTRY STAR on youtube.  That’s episode 1 above us which takes place in Kelowna.  The movie is made up of 15 scenes from my 2005 tour.  I think I sold 300 of the DVD’s in 10 years so I decided to make it free and have it be seen, some of it is pretty good.  You can see all 15 parts here:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfV_OphtphlCVYuBKPZTtezFMfDXUHru7

ANOTHER NEW VIDEO: I played a gig in Fort St.James earlier this month and we made a movie while we were up there.  It’s the song

Stupid Fuckin Things I Done by Andrew Neville.  I been playing it for years and have no intention of recording it, so I thought I’d just make a cool youtube movie with our friends from Music On The Mountain Fest.  It’s pretty funny…enjoy.

Lets see, what else.

SHOWS OVER THE LAST MONTH: There’s been a few.  Two of them were here for groups of sledders.  At the second one we befriended a wonderful woman named Laura Storoschuck who was killed just the next day which also happened to be Valentines Day.  Michael Mourneau and I also played at her funeral two weeks later in Williams Lake.  We made a few friends out of all the sadness but that was a strange time indeed.  Mike and I also did two gigs at Troll Ski Resort while I played a solo show up in Fort St.James in the middle of March.

Anyway, I think that’s all for today…cheers…joe