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A Week of Wax, MoM and DOA!!!

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With Joey Shithead Keithley at MoMfest

Some tales of my last week.  It was a week that basically ended a run of 45 days that were pretty busy for me.  I had been to a bunch of festivals, played the lower mainland, been out to Alberta, Artswells, Camballah, Robson Fest…and now all this.  But what an end it was!

When booking agent Joey Balducci wrote me and asked if I were willing to do some shows with Wax Mannequin up here in northern BC…it was pretty much a no brainer.  I had known Wax for 11 years now.  That was long enough for me to have high praise for his art and his character.  In fact I felt real lucky to have the opportunity.  It really only amounted to three shows in between stints at Robson Valley Music Festival and Music on the Mountain Festival the following weekend, but it was a worthwhile venture.

Show one was to take place at the Jack O Clubs Pub in Wells BC.  This was a show that I wasn’t too nervous about even though it was beginning to feel like people everywhere were losing energy.  It was such a busy summer.  So many bands, so many festivals including the crazy one here in town.  I know a lot of people who have been drinking for months and were wearing out.  Nonetheless a pretty good crowd turned up and we turned it on.  By the time the night was over IMG_7484something resembling a successful show had taken place.

One thing I hadn’t counted on was Wax bringing his brother Mr.Money Mustache along for the ride.  Having no brothers of my own I was tempted to feel intimidated by this at first, but in my stubborn way I pushed through.  After all Mr. MM made it a little bit easier being a popular blogger and intellectual.  We certainly came from very different spectrums of lifestyle but that made for all the more interesting conversations.  We learned from each other and challenged each other, we were lucky to get that chance.

Success was less the case with Williams Lake the next night.  Although well intentioned on the owners part the show hadn’t really been sold in a way that caught the publics imagination.  Regardless of that we had been hired to do a job so we did just that.  We were rewarded for the effort by making new friends.  We found that despite the turnout the owner at CJ’s treated us really good.  She was open to new ideas and we both decided that she was the kind of person we could we could work with in the future.  It was a good experience.

Wax Mannequin makes some t-shirts Friday morning before we leave for MoMfest.

Wax Mannequin makes some t-shirts Friday morning before we leave for MoMfest.

In the case of our PG show ownership was not so forthcoming and honest.  What I can say about the Westwood Pub is the girls who work there are very good at their jobs.  The food was excellent.  There are lot of regulars who are loyal to the place and it’s easy to see why.  We realized at the end of the night that no cover charge was collected from ‘regulars’ and instead the measly pittance we were given was made squarely off the kindness of my friends who came to the show.  Despite the fact that I’ll

Lunch at PG city hall with Elissa, Chris Chevious and Mr.Money Mustache.

Lunch at PG city hall with Elissa, Chris Chevious and Mr.Money Mustache.

never play the Westwood Pub again so long as this is how they do business and reward their entertainers…despite the fact that I will recommend to other musicians not to book there…I can’t deny that we had a lot of fun at the show!  Wax was very good and we got to have Jeremy Stewart open.  Some good friends came and partied.  Because of those things I’m still glad it happened.  My next show in PG is on October 1st, it’s the CD launch for No More Trouble In The Peace.  I can honestly say for myself and everyone I know who has played the Legion in Prince George that they found it to be a good experience.  Come to the show!

We stayed at Elissa’s house, who is one of the organizers of the Coldsnap Festival and left around noon the next day for Music on the Mountain.  Friday was amazing there.  Dave Soroka had already started the Sorokathon, a 24 hour marathon of a concert.  I also had some friends come back to town in the form of the Give Em Hell Boys who gave me one of their shirts that says “bluegrass is dead”.  They killed it, and then we proceeded to kill each other with strong drink.  Soon the whole show was over for the night and

Dave Soroka is finished his 24 hour concert and enjoys his meal. He tells me he was about to give up when I came along willing to be the obnoxious jerk to tell everyone to tone it down.

Dave Soroka is finished his 24 hour concert and enjoys his meal. He tells me he was about to give up when I came along willing to be the obnoxious jerk to tell everyone to tone it down.

I was sitting in what was now a very loud Sorokathon…that was enough to piss me off sufficiently leading me to stand up and announce ‘why don’t you all take part in a Shut-the-fuck-up-athon, he’s been playing for 14 hours already.  You didn’t come in and listen all day but now you wanna come in and talk over top of his show!?”

Someone yelled, “we don’t like you anyway Joey.”

I retorted, “then I have nothing left to lose in telling you to either shut up or get out!”

At supper the next day Dave thanked me saying that when I spoke up was right when he started to really doubt he could play for 24 hours!

Soon I was in Darlene and Harold Prince’s bannock shack eating moose meat and drinking beers at 8am.  Sleep came hard and I was unable to party so wildly the next day and night.  I had a show of my own to put on.  We were on right before legendary punk band DOA stole the festival!  So we put a little extra jam into our show and DOA noticed.  I’m sure the crowd seemed to go off as well, but that didn’t matter so much to me.  Joey Shithead gave me a half hug when we got off and said ‘great fucking songs, great fucking show, great fucking band man!’

DOA killed it!!

DOA killed it!!

I’ll take that!

DOA was amazing next.  They played all the best songs from my favorite record of theirs, War on 45!!  They were hot hot hot!!  I don’t know what else to say about it.  Hippies were moshing.  I was pounding beers and in near tears.  It was a thing of beauty.  But it didn’t stop there.  I got to spent a little time with the band after.  It was just a real special night all around.  One of those days that reminds you why you sacrifice so much to keep at this music business thing.

The next afternoon was the One Last Show…when I get up on stage and pull together all my favorite singers and friends who are left at the end of the festival and put on one hell of an opry!!  Joining me on stage was Dave Soroka, Wax Mannequin, Raghu

The One Last Opry

The One Last Opry

Lokanathan, Iyan George Bruvold, Tax Free Liqour, Twin Peaks, Jeff Andrew, Party on High Street, Zonnis and yet more.  The stage was teaming with musicians of all sorts.  It was the 6th time I had done this at MoMfest but it just keeps getting better.  I think I’ll call it the One Last Opry.  We end every one with the One Last Song, I guess you could say after six years that it’s the unofficial anthem of the festival.

No sooner did the show end we got in the van and were gone.  We had to get our kids from our friend in PG.  Just like that I was home the next day…summer feels kinda over.  I think about this last 45 days, I’m elated sometimes and then for a moment am tempted to feel the depression.  It’s really hard to put out so much energy, but as I age I am aware of it and try to find good ways to process all the feelings I get from a trip like that.  The best way is simply to put it down in a blog, then forget about it and move on…it’s time to plan the next show.  Why bask in the glow when you could be making steps to get back to that happy place…to get back on the stage again.

with DOA!!

with DOA!!


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.


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


Vancouver Show A Success, Busy January Ahead

A personal review of our Vanouver concert at the WISE Hall.  Plus details of my upcoming shows with Malcolm Maclean, Troll Telemark Festival and Canada Winter Games:

Thurs.Jan22: MALCOLM MACLEAN BAND with Joey Only, Rileys Pub, Prince George BC.

Fri.Jan23: MALCOM MACLEAN BAND – ROBBIE BURNS DAY, The Legion, Fort St.James

Sat.Jan24: MALCOLM MACLEAN, the Occidental, Quesnel BC

Sun.Jan25: MALCOLM MACLEAN, the Hotel Pub, Wells BC

Sat.Jan31: TROLL TELEMARK FESTIVAL, with the Joey Only Outlaw Band, Troll Ski Resort, Quesnel BC.

Sun.Feb22: CANADA WINTER GAMES, Mainstage/Civic Centre, Prince George BC

 

So the Vancouver show was a success.  The best part for me was a lot about who I got to play with while so many old friends were able to come and say howdy.  We partied like bastards at the WISE Hall and the crowd danced like time was short.  My friend and mentor David Roy Parsons opened the show with top notch guitarist Paul Doherty and steel guitarist Steven Drake playing behind him.  Steve Drake produced some pretty big albums including a few stints working with the likes of the Tragically Hip.  Now figure that was just the opening act.

From there on in it was all a mish mash of the same players who would later make up the Outlaw Band that night.  First Jeff Andrew played a wicked 30 minute set backed by Brin and Kenan.  Then the Party On High Street kicked into action with 45 minutes of kickin hard funk.  Because it was all the same players in the three final acts there was nothing to move on stage, everything changed over very quickly and the crowd was always engaged.WISEposter

Next thing you knew the Outlaw Band was up with Mike Zinger, Kenan Sungur, Brin Porter, Travis Charuk, Adam Farnsworth, Jeff Andrew, Steve Drake, Leah Martin, Rowan Lipkovits and myself.  Talk about an ensemble of mandolins, accordions, steel guitars, stratocasters, drum kits, keyboards, fiddles, tambourines and me.  We played for more than 90 minutes and kept our shit together though the drinking was trying to interfere.  What a pleasure to play with so many players who have all given their skills to my band in the past.

We had Chris Leuchte, who I think is one of the best stage managers I ever seen, running the show so he pulled the plug at last call, made sure we had beers, made sure the change overs were smooth and kept us all laughing.  Mean while the best emcee in BC, Doug the Hug Koyama, did all the talking for us between sets.  This was how we were able to keep the show running so smoothly.  There were so many old friends in the WISE Hall that night.  It was a real overwhelming musical homecoming of sorts!

Just as an example of what kind of week it was…At one point I was sitting in the dressing room talking with Donny Ducharme who plays bass with Buffy St.Marie and has his own band Whisky Jane.  Next to Donny and his girlfriend Mardine is Travis Challord from the Rebel Spell, a band who has played with many of the greatest punk bands on earth.  On my right was Steve Drake while Mike Zinger walked by just back from four years of working for Fred Eaglesmith.  That was just one example of the amazing people in the music game we got to spend some time with that week.  Even our soundman that night was Brian Else who himself has produced many of the best albums DOA, Hanson Brothers, Nomeanso and Dayglo Abortions did.

The after party was even crazier than the show!

It was a star studded week like that which included chit chats with folks like Gerry Useless, CR Avery and Chris Walter while witnessing Joe Keithley, John Wright, Jon Card, Mike Graham and more perform.  That all took place at another special night we attended which I am hesitate to say to much about as it was a memorial for a fallen comrade.  It was a real special night for us all though to say the least as we came together to remember Brian Goble.

We ate top quality sushi and got to party on a yacht with my semi-famous gold mining friend.  I did two radio shows, rehearsed in the WISE Hall all night, caught up with a friend who works at the Safe Injection Site and head a whole bunch of his stories over numerous drinks.  I got to see so many special friends and was even able to go to lunches and dinners with so many of them.  I’d call that an interesting trip.

Fortunately the bad weather didn’t kill us on our trip to the city…and the speeding ticket on the way back won’t set us back too far.  One thing that helped was the visits with our friends in Tax Free Liqour and Genghis Ghandis to break up the long drive to Vancouver.  The weather was so terrible that driving for more than a couple hours at a time was very stressful and dangerous.  We felt lucky to have safe havens to weather the storm at.

After all that travelling there’s hardly a moment to pause cause up next is a trip around the BC interior with my good friend Malcolm Maclean.  We spent a few months up in the Peace Region building fences and doing cowboy sorta things together, it turned out he’s a real good songwriter.  So we’re finally gonna get him some recognition in BC by bringing him down through Prince George, Fort St.James, Quesnel and Wells…with the chance that we’ll add some more shows to the trip.  I’ll be his drummer and we’ll have a good old time of it, people in BC will be shocked to see I’m not the only outlaw out there.  I can’t say enough about the kind of person he is, he’s a real deal Alberta cowboy who knows how to put a show on too.

The month ends with a party at my favorite place to snowboard on earth, Troll Ski Resort for the annual Troll Telemark Festival.  Details can be found online at http://www.trollskiresort.com.  We’ll probably start playing shortly after 4pm, so come ski for a day and then dance your snowboots silly.

As soon as we’re done playing at Troll the band is gonna have one thing in mind, getting ready for our big show at the Canada Winter Games.