Rock And Roll Joe - A Tribute To The Unsung Heroes Of Rock n' Roll

(Songwriter/Roots Rock/Country/Country Rock) 2011 Train Wreck - 'Rock And Roll Joe' - ein einzigartiges neues Projekt des berühmten Singer/Songwriters Chip Taylor mit seinen derzeit engsten Mitarbeitern, dem legendären Kultgitarristen John Platania (Van Morrison: 'Moondance' und folgende!) und der kanadischen Geigerin/Folk-and-beyond-Musikerin Kendel Carson, zugunsten all der vielen verkannten Rock'n Roll-Helden! Damit sind all jene gemeint, deren Namen nicht fett vorne auf den Plattencovern stehen, sondern die Musiker und Songschreiber hinter den Kulissen, die in der R&R-Geschichte großen Einfluss nahmen, die aber kaum jemand kennt oder längst in Vergessenheit geraten sind. In einer konzertierten Aktion von Internet-Auftritt und diesem CD-Release erhalten die (meist verstorbenen) Unsung Heroes einen Platz für die Ewigkeit! Auf www.mrjoe.com entsteht somit seit Jahresbeginn ein tolles Lexikon für all die Rock And Roll Joes dieser Welt: Mehr oder weniger bedeutende Menschen der Branche (also oft selber "Joes") schreiben ganz persönlich über ihre Favoriten - z.B. Greg Leisz über Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Donnie Fritts über Hollis Dixon, Chip Taylor über Paul Griffin, Al Gorgoni und Mickey Baker, John Platania über Hank Garland, Robert Earl Keen über John Vandiver, Bryan Owings über Richard Bell usw. usw. Monatlich kommen neue Beiträge hinzu. Got the idea?! Ist doch genial und gar nicht hoch genug zu würdigen!! Zur Musik: Chip Taylor hat diese bei einer Skandinavien-Tour entstandene Idee aufgegriffen, aber nicht nur eine Website eingerichtet, sondern all die "Fachsimpelei" im Tourbus und Backstage in neue Songs kanalisiert und diese mit Platania, Carson sowie der Backing Crew Seth Farber (Keyboards), Ron Eoff (Bass) & Bryan Owings (Drums) aufgenommen. Musikalisch handelt es sich dabei um allerfeinsten Americana Rock in gewohnter Chip Taylor-Güte (s. sein letztes ambitioniertes Projekt 'Yonkers' von 2009) zwischen Country, Folk, Rock'n Roll und Roots Rock. Die verschiedenen Charaktere/Strophen in den Songs werden abwechselnd von Taylor, Kendel Carson und - ich glaube erstmalig - auch von John Platania gesungen. Ein absoluter Topjob aller Beteiligten. Meisterlich! Also unbedingt vorher www.rnrjoe.com bookmarken und dann beim Lesen diese erstklassige, leidenschaftliche Americana Music auf Dauerrepeat schalten!


Rock and Roll Joe is a project dedicated to promoting the unsung heroes of rock music - the people who were, and still are, critical to the spirit and passion of rock and roll and yet never have received the credit they deserve.
The idea for Rock and Roll Joe began during Chip Taylor's Scandinavian tour of 2007. As Chip traveled through Norway and Sweden with his longtime friend and guitarist John Platania, new protégé fiddler Kendel Carson, drummer Bryan Owings and bass player Ron Eoff, they talked about everything. But many of the conversations revolved around the musicians that we knew and respected and Chip realized that most music fans didn't really know the people who were behind many of the great records of the last 60 years.

With that in mind, Chip wrote a song, Rock and Roll Joe. The first verse and chorus went:
Joe is every guitar player who played it from his heart
Here's to Joe
Joe is every funky/ sweaty drummer who knew when to stop and start
Way to go, Joe
And we ll all bow down to the ones who took us to it
The ones that took us someplace where we wanted to go
And we ll all bow down to the ones that got us through it
Here's to Rock & Roll Joe

That song prompted several more, with everyone in the band suggesting more Rock and Roll Joes in need of the spotlight. At the end of the tour back in London, the band promptly recorded the new songs and the Rock and Roll Joe album was born.
The album is just the beginning of the Rock and Roll Joe project. After the release of the CD, Chip Taylor and Train Wreck Records are launching a web site that will promote and honor the unsung heroes of rock music. The history of rock is filled with people such as Hank Garland and Mickey Baker who were instrumental in shaping the sound of today s best music. Yet their contributions are barely recognized. In addition to the underappreciated musicians and session players, there will also be some room to highlight the songwriters, producers and behind the scenes people who helped shape the music we love.

And Rock and Roll Joes aren't only those musicians who helped make our favorite records - they are also those who performed the great records we never got to hear. Some in the business were the victims of bad luck. Others were our friends and family members who simply loved to play - at home or in the local bar - and introduced us to a lifetime of great music.

The Rock and Roll Joe web site will seek to redress this injustice while also being a place where music lovers can have fun learning about and discussing the present and history of rock and listening to great music. Chip has been busy soliciting entries from his fellow artists and friends in the music business to help get the ball rolling.

A portion of the profits from Rock and Roll Joe will be donated to musicians in need.

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Rock And Roll Joe - A Tribute To The Unsung Heroes Of Rock n' Roll
TAYLOR, CHIP, JOHN PLATANIA & KENDEL CARSON
Rock And Roll Joe - A Tribute To The Unsung Heroes Of Rock n' Roll
CD
TW 38
€ 14.90



1. Rock and Roll Joe
2. The Savoy Files
3. Couldn't We Use Some of That Now
4. Monica (These Fingers Move for You)
5. I'm the Law in This Old Town
6. Sugar Sugaree
7. Malmo Nights
8. Hot Rod Carson
9. I Can't Let Go
10. Intro to Measurin'
11. Measurin'
12. Intro to the Van Song
13. The Van Song
14. The Union Song (We Just Got Screwed and It Keeps Getting Better)
15. Live and Die for Rock and Roll
16. R&R Joe Reprise