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Jerry Joseph at Otus Supply, 3 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Jerry Joseph is one of the best, and certainly busiest, singer-songwriters that too few people have heard of.

The Los Angeles-born troubadour has 35 albums to his credit, starting with the reggae band Little Women in 1987 and with his own group the Jackmormons. Joseph, 58, also collaborated with the Stockholm Syndrome project with Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools and others, and his songs have been recorded by Widespread Panic and appeared in movies such as "The Earth Will Swallow You."

Joseph recently recorded a new album with Drive-By Truckers, whose Patterson Hood is producing. Meanwhile he's back on the road playing solo acoustic shows -- clearly with no shortage of material to draw from...

Joseph says by phone that solo touring is economical, but he prefers to be in the company of his bandmates in the Jackmormons. "I find solo touring to be difficult. I got in a band so nobody would ditch me and I'd have friends, and now I get out on these (solo) tours, and it's probably better than anything else I do but it's not the same. It does give me a chance to look at the material, and sometimes it kind of creeps me out, especially the olds tuff. There's a lot of songs I'm playing that I wrote when I was a reggae singer with a fake reggae accent, which was so important to me when I was 22, not pushing 60. It's like a creepy diary, and I don't know if that's always good."

During more than 30 years of touring, the Detroit area is one of a handful of places Joseph has never played -- until now. "About two years ago I was talking to my agent about where I've never played, and it was North and South Dakota, Miami, San Antonio and Detroit, and some places in Canada. In Detroit I can think of five gigs off the top of my head that canceled, and a couple of times they were, like, big ones, too. So it's been kind of a bane that I've never played Detroit, and I keep going, 'I don't care if it's just for the door, if I have to put up the money." It's insanity that I've never played Detroit. But I finally feel like I'm going to make it."

Joseph says his next album is finished, culled from 30 songs he worked on with Hood and Drive-By Truckers. "There's another record's worth of material," he notes, but as he finalizes details from the next one he's trying to temper rising expectations. "The pitch is 'This is Jerry's moment' after all these years of doing it, and that has my stomach in knots. I'm not sure I have the stomach for a year's worth of rejection if people don't like it. And I don't know what it is. There are a couple of things that are kind of heavy, politically, and there are these beautiful moments on it, too. Patterson did a great job of producing it and talking me up; I just hope I live up to it."

Jerry Joseph performs at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27 in the Parliament Room at Otus Supply, 345 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale. $12 advance, $15 at the door. 248-291-6160 or otussupply.com.

Web Site: www.otussupply.com

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