Recording and touring workhorse Jerry Joseph is as relentlessly creative as he is artistically talented. Not a year goes by that he misses the chance to offer a fresh batch of tracks to loyal fans, and it has been exactly that length of time since he sat on the Sheridan Opera House stage with drummer Steve Drizos. Now coming off the October release of his brand new self-titled solo album Jerry Joseph, the alt-folk rocker’s intimate project taps into minimalist reflections of a man and his guitar now three decades into the business of making great music.
Although many of the tracks on Jerry Joseph will be familiar in name to fans that have followed him through his career in bands like the Jackmormons and The Denmark Veseys, Joseph described these striped down reincarnations saying, “What ended up on this album represents, to me, pretty good songwriting presented in a super intimate, completely unaffected way. We tried for perfect takes early on and figured out quickly that we just needed to let the tape roll and let each performance be as honest as possible.”
That approach adapts perfectly to the spirit of live performance. The last 12 months have taken Joseph from his Portland home to destination shows as far away as Thailand, Vietnam, Israel and the Czech Republic. For an afficianado of eclectic music like Joseph, these trips are sure to bring back new and inspired elements that will only enhance his already diverse range of musicianship.
Although he has played with greats like guitarists Steve Kimock in Little Women and Widespread Panic’s Dave Schools in Stockholm Syndrome, the best balance of his personalized, raw folk matched with needed rhythm is in the current duo act with Drizos on drums. Having previously playing together in the Jackmormons, the two connected as a duo on the self-titled album The Denmark Veseys and again as a trio with Bret Mosely on Charge, two of Joseph’s more lively efforts in the last half decade.
Expect passionate live renditions of tunes from these albums and the rest of Joseph’s two dozen album catalog during the very intimate performance at the Fly Me To The Moon Saloon on Wednesday night.
Jerry Joseph, Wed., Dec. 11, Fly Me To The Moon Saloon, 10 p.m., $15
Best of the West: TellurIDOL at the Sheridan
The Western Slope’s local version of audition-based singing competitions popularised on primetime television takes place this Tuesday at the Sheridan Opera House. The 4th Annual TellurIDOL finalists were selected a month ago at the Alpine Chapel, and they will now showcase their best vocal chops on a bigger stage for the chance to win a grand prize of up to $1,000. Each of the four performers in the kids category and 12 in the adult category will have three-and-a-half minutes to impress judges with their self-selected songs. Expect all kinds of props, elaborate costumes and even live instruments on stage. All proceeds raised from the event and additional silent auctions for hot air balloon rides, lodging packages, and restaurant gift cards during the community events will go to benefit Telluride Young Life.
Telluridol, Tue., Dec 10, Sheridan Opera House, 6 p.m., $25/$40/$50