Y'all know I dig a storytelling troubadour, Residing in Austin, TX, Joe Sundell shoots right up my list of the great new crop of singer/songwriters purveying in the art of modern day minstrel's. Joe incorporates a great New Orleans vibe in his rustic americana blues with real salt of the earth folk tales. There's everything here from Ol' timey swing to Rock n Roll. Joe is definitely someone to watch and I consider The Hat Thief essential listening and a Best of 2014 release.
Joe worked on the 12 original songs for over a year and a half. The tracking was completed with Alex Moore at Lunchroom Audio in Buda, TX and includes some fantastic musicians such as David Jellema on cornet and clarinet and Western Swing hall of famer Jake Erwin on bass. The album was mixed at EAR Studio with famed producer Billy Lee Myers formerly of Austin City Limits.
Born and raised in rural Southeast Arkansas, Joe picked up guitar at the age of 13 and his first memories of music are playing with his father in the living room at the family home. Along with his brother Jack, they played a variety of folk and traditional music on family occasions. At 19 while
attending Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, Sundell began to play banjo and two years later formed his first band the Damn Bullets. After college Sundell moved to Austin, Texas where he has released a total of five albums and is a founding member of Sad Daddy, the Austin Steamers, and the Show and Tellers. His music has been described as a combination of many different genres of American music, most notably Bluegrass, Western Swing, Dixieland Jazz, Country Blues, Folk, and Ragtime. He has done numerous tours both as a solo artist and with his various groups, going to both coasts of the United States as well as across the water to the United Kingdom and Europe. His second full length solo album in 2014, the Hat Thief, was released in August 2014. Goat Motel was released in Febuary.
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10/3 Driskill Hotel in Austin, TX 9-11pm w/ Show and Tellers
10/10 Charlie's Backyard Bar in Marshall, TX 9:30pm-12am10/11 Bear's in Shreveport, LA 10pm-1am
ON TOUR WITH SHAKEY GRAVES
10/15 Terminal West in Atlanta, GA 8pm-12am
10/16 Mercy Lounge in Nashville, TN 8pm-12am
10/18 Grey Eagle Tavern in Asheville, NC 8pm-12am
10/19 Visualite Theatre in Charlotte, NC 7-11pm
10/21 The Hamilton in Washington, DC 6:30-10:30pm
10/22 World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, PA 7-11pm
10/24 The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA 8:30pm-12:30am
10/25 Port City Music Hall in Portland, ME 8pm-12am
10/26 Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY 8pm-12am