This wasn’t intended to be a review…it was a message my country singing brother in Red Deer Boots wrote me. He has a pretty ass kicking act himself known as Boots and the Hoots…so such high praise means something to me. I asked him if I could share it and he said “I suppose I wouldn’t say it to you if I wouldn’t say it”.
BOOTS: This has gotta be the best record you ever cut! (Maybe I havent heard em yet) Mikes pickin comes through in the first 30 seconds amd tastfully and hauntingly finds it’s place the whole way through.
I love the boogie on the Tom Connors tune and his solo/leads. Leah kills it on Trouble in the Peace especially, Like Bakersfield kills it! When is her album comin’ out? Whos this piano man? He’s got some old cajun man livin inside of him.
Dont even get me started on Joey, I have always loved how autobiographical you are. I don’t mean loose vague references to your experience but full blown first and last named anecdotes that are as witty as they are poignant. I certainly appreciate that style of story telling.
I loved when the steel came creepin in halfway through the album on ‘Noble Cause…’ I was sure to listen with headphones to appreciate the sTeReO effects haha. the sad songs brought me down as much as they filled me with a raucous punk rage, well done. I didn’t intend to review your album or even tell you how I felt about it but I am seriously impressed, when is the full band touring?
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