Happy Reformation Day!

Filed under: — joe @ 1:54 pm

Find a good pub, argue theology and then nail this to a door!

Semper Reformanda


Quarryville show

Filed under: — joe @ 12:49 am

I just got home from the show tonight with Eric Peters and wanted to post this before I hit the hay. Thanks to everyone that came out and Bob and John for putting it together… you guys rock! And of course, thanks to Eric for letting me open (sorry ’bout the mix up!), it was great to hear him play again. Awesome songwriter, musician and all around cool guy.

Look for some more shows before the end of the year (hopefully we can get Media, PA rescheduled soon) and possibly some news on my next cd (if Santa is gracious this year!). Other than that, thanks again to the Quarryville folks and I’ll talk to you all soon. Keep on keeping on!



Top 5 Albums of all time

Filed under: — joe @ 3:08 pm

I haven’t done this for a while, so I figure it’s about time. The following is my opinion which should count more than all others (just kidding… sort of… but not really). These are the records that I just can’t get away from, I find myself always returning to them. There’s some new stuff that may eventually jocky for position but for now they’re just too new. These are the ones that have stood the test of time (for me). So here we go…

1) Achtung Baby U2- My favorite band of all time and I believe the BEST band of all time. This spot used to be held by The Joshua Tree but over the last couple of years, this record has moved into first. A great album that took U2 and redefined them all over again and proved that they were a band to be reckoned with. Also, this just happens to be produced by my favorite producer of all time, Daniel Lanois. Andrew Osenga told me that this is the one that made him want to write songs and make albums… so we can thank it for that as well!!!

2) Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles- What an amazing record, the production on this is phenomonal… and while I’m a big fan of all the Beatle records (especially Revolver, Rubber Soul and Abbey Road), this is the one that just seems to hit on all cylinders. They were so far ahead of their time it’s actually scary. Paul McCartney has said this record was made in response to the next one on this list….

3) Pet Sounds The Beach Boys- Brian Wilson was inspired by The Beatles Rubber Soul (and ended up inspiring Sgt Pepper’s with this record) and it really showed how brilliant Brian Wilson was/still is. I can listen to over and over forever… a brilliant cd. If they could’ve finished Smiley Smile (although Wilson did recently and it’s awesome), I think the Beach boys would’ve been remembered as much more than just a “beach tunes band”. For me, this record proved they were far more than that anyway, but man… what if????

4) Time out of Mind Bob Dylan- This was a tough choice, I wanted to go with Blonde on Blonde or John Wesley Harding or any other great Dylan record. However, this is the one I keep coming back to and it doesn’t hurt that Lanois produced this as well. This record re-established Dylan for my generation (following some questionable 80’s records) and proved that he’s still at the top of his game.

5) Born to Run Bruce Springsteen- This was another tough choice for me, Nebraska could easily be here as well as The Ghost of Tom Joad. Springsteen is never better than when he goes into storyteller mode. But this is the record that defined him for me and I think it’s one of the best all around rock albums. This is the one spot that could possibly change more often though… Nebraska is right there for me and could easily slip in. For right now though, this is the one.

That’s it for now, as usual…. if you don’t own them, buy them!

Rock on!


U2- Greatest band of all time

Filed under: — joe @ 3:37 pm

Rhonda and I got back late last night from the U2 show in Philly and all I can say is “WOW!”. U2 continues to be (imho) the greatest band of all time and every time you go to see them, you’re in for a great show with plenty of surprises. They reached way back in the vault with songs like 40, Electric co, I will follow) and the new stuff sounded phenomonal. The show kicked off with City of blinding lights and just did not stop, the crowd was still singing 40 long after the lights came on. However, the hightlight for everyone was the sudden appearence of Bruce Springsteen himself! Bono announced that they were going to play People get ready (Bono said it was for the guy with the sign… maybe it was Tim Lahaye!) but that they needed another guitar player. Out came The Boss to trade solos with The Edge and duet with Bono (and Springsteen’s wife Patti Scialfa). What a great moment and something for us to tell the grandkids someday! We also have tickets for a Springsteen solo show next month so we can’t wait for that.

As if that wasn’t enough, on Saturday we were in New York and managed to get tickets for the always sold-out Spamalot (based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail). Not only did we get tickets but they were 2nd row tickets! What a great show! I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time, especially at a musical. We also got to see Alan Tudyk (from Serenity/Firefly/Dodgeball/A Knights tale) who was filling in for Hank Azaria as Lancelot. As some of you know, I’m a big fan of his so that was really cool (although seeing Hank Azaria of The Simpson’s fame would’ve been equally cool). It was great to hang out in Times Square for the day, see St Patrick’s Cathedral and visit Rockefeller Center. We’re going back next month for a couple of days and just sight see (and maybe see Spamalot again!) because there’s a lot I didn’t get to do while we were there.

This weekend I’ll be playing a couple of shows with Jeremy Casella (why does this guy put up with me??!!!??) and one of them is with Eric Peters, so I’m looking forward to that. Check the main page for details.

It’s been a busy, busy couple of weeks (especially this past weekend!) so we’re gonna try to get rested up and ready to go for this weekend. Thanks for stopping by and be good to each other!

Grace and peace


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