Show this weekend

Filed under: — joe @ 8:50 pm

For those of you that don’t visit the main page often (and if you have been, I commend your ninja-like patience!), I just added an update for this weekend. I’ll be playing a show here in Delaware (as far as I know it is free) on Saturday the 28th at 6pm. If you’re near by, drop in and shout out songs that I never wrote (“play ‘who you are’!!!”).

Grace and peace


Star wars, wonderful star wars.

Filed under: — joe @ 2:25 pm

Tonight is the night, I will most likely be seeing the last new Star Wars movie ever. It’s kind of bittersweet when you think about it, except for maybe a Star Wars tv show… this is it. Although I’m sure George Lucas will release all 6 of them until we all die from Star Warsitis. When I went to pick up my tickets a couple of hours ago, I got stopped by a writer for the Wilmington News Journal who wanted to ask some questions about the movie (and why there is only one theater in Dover). It was pretty funny. I should’ve tried to pimp my cd, “Yeah, Jar Jar nearly ruined the first movie… but he didn’t ruin my cd Promised Land which you can buy on joebassett.com!” That would’ve been sweet.

So I’ll be in line tonight with every other geek in town and if an ewok looks at me wrong, it’ll be go time! Keep us in your prayers and pray for that punk ewok who will get the beat down of his life!

Rock on!



Bow before the power of Apple

Filed under: — joe @ 11:38 pm

After years of coveting my friend’s computers, I sit here typing on my brand new G4 powerbook. I have to say, it’s a nice feeling. I’m a bit new to Mac but I knew what I was getting into before I sold my soul to Steve Jobs. One of the main reasons that I got the computer is to record some songwriting demos… so hopefully in the next few weeks I’ll have some stuff to put up here on the site. I also found out that we have an Apple store up in Wilmington (and Rhonda gets a teacher discount, yay!) so that’s a bit dangerous.

In other news, I must confess that I am dang excited about the new Star Wars movie. I’ve actually enjoyed the last two (while being well aware of their faults) but for a long time, I just couldn’t get excited about this one. However, after seeing the new trailer on the big screen and then reading a few extremely positive reviews. Well, let’s just say that I’m making a visit to Fandango for opening day. One of the first movies that I saw in the theater was The Empire Strikes Back and I’m sure that it kick started my love of movies (well, that and Jaws… and Indiana Jones). I think I’ll rewatch all the movies before opening day to get myself prepped… maybe go out and buy a wookie costume and beat up all the kids dressed as Jar Jar Binks. It’ll be a fun time indeed!

Being geeky,




Filed under: — joe @ 9:29 pm

Editor’s note- Due to technical difficulties, this was not posted when it was supposed to be. Think of it as you going back in time!

I’m going with some friends tonight to the Mars Volta concert in Philly. They’ve put out some amazing records but I haven’t had a chance to see them live… but tonight changes all of that. The only downside is that we’ll be getting back here around 3am, so tomorrow I’ll be walking around like a zombie in Dawn of the Dead (the original, not the new one where they ran around like FloJo in the Olympics!).

Speaking of concerts (that, my friend, is what we in the biz like to call a “segue”), Jeremy Casella and I are going to try to play a few shows here on the east coast. If you, your church, a friend or your dog would like to book a show, drop me an email. Jeremy will be out promoting his new record and I’ll still be promoting Promised Land as well as raising some fundage for my next record. Booking is very easy, very reasonable and in the wise words of Casella, “very sexy”. So let us know if you’re interested!

That’s all for now, I hope y’all have a great evening and that it involves watching Veronica Mars… a VERY good show that every human being should watch. Take care kids and don’t forget, stay in school and say no drugs!

Grace and peace


The times, they are a changing

Filed under: — joe @ 4:27 pm

Life can be crazy in a way that wears you out as much as it excites you. It’s kind of like a rollercoaster that is so much fun to ride… but the seat is built in such a way that it always digs into your back or your ribs. There was one at King’s Dominion called “The Shockwave” that was more a standing coaster… but it had a little bicycle seat to sit on. Man, whoever designed that needs to be shot.

Anyway, I give you all of that needless information to say this… life is interesting. Rhonda and I started attending a new church recently, a decision that was a year in the making. It’s never easy to leave a body of believers that you’re so involved with and it’s just as hard to become involved with a new one. We’re trying to hold on to our friendships for dear life while starting up new ones at Grace… it’s a bit like being an acrobat with vertigo. Our new church is a cool little reformed baptist church and so far I feel right at home. We have some friends that are there and we got to know some folks pretty well before we started attending regularly. All of that has made the transition go pretty smoothly. I’m excited to be involved there and I really feel like we have a great opportunity to grow and learn.

In other news, I’m purchasing an Apple Powerbook tomorrow and can’t wait to hook up some gear and record some stuff. I’ve been writing a lot over the last couple of months and really need to get this stuff down… nothing really feels complete until you get it recorded and can hear it back. I pestered a bunch of friends (thanks Derek!) to give me advice so I could make sure that I got what I wanted (and needed) AND most importantly, save money. Hopefully I can post some songs here for y’all to hear as soon as I get used to everything. I’m also going to start finishing my music room/studio upstairs in my house (that’s been waiting patiently for 2 years)… I can finally break out my drums without annoying Rhonda.

Anyhoo, I’m off to go bowling with some friends (does that sound as lame as I think it does????), take care!

In Christ alone,


PS, thanks to Geof and Megan for reminding me that I have a website.


"Biblical orthodoxy without compassion is surely the ugliest thing in the world."
-Francis Schaeffer