Jerry Joseph (born April 19, 1961) is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist.
|Born||April 19, 1961|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Genres||Rock, pop, country, Americana|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer, songwriter|
|Labels||Cosmo Sex School, Sanctuary, Terminus, OuterSpace, Cavity Search, Trespass, Holladay, Earth Pig, Back Door, Response, Capricorn|
|Associated acts||Little Women, Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons, Stockholm Syndrome, The Denmark Veseys, Jerry Joseph & Wally Ingram, Widespread Panic, Bloodkin|
Jerry Joseph was born on April 19, 1961 in Los Angeles, California and is of Irish, Lebanese and Syrian ancestry. He grew up in the San Diego area. In high school, he began experiencing trouble and was sent by his parents to a boarding school in New Zealand, where he started playing guitar professionally at age 15. He experienced further problems with juvenile delinquency while there and was eventually deported back to the United States. He wound up in Arcata, California, where he has familial ties stretching back several generations.
While in Arcata, Joseph formed the rock/reggae band Little Women in late 1981. The band consisted of Brad Rosen on drums, Stephen Darby on bass, Eric Hellberg on keyboards and Jerry Joseph on guitar. Several guitarists(lead), including Greg Millar (1983), Steve Smith (1989), Steve Kimock (1989) and Steven James Wright (1987),replacing Darby on bass was C. Louis Butts,Jr(1983-1992). & percussionists, Ernesto Pediango (1983), Tony (1983) eventually filled the slot.
Little Women's first self-released cassette (recorded 1986-7@SaltLakeCity,UT) was Life's Just Bitchin in 1987 and featured Jerry Joseph (1981-?, vocals, guitar), C. Louis Butts Jr.(3/13/1983-8/7/1992, bass, vocals), Geoff George (1982-1992, keyboards, vocals), Gregg Freeman (1985-1989, percussion), and Brad Rosen (1981-1993, drums, vocals).
That was followed in 1990 with Pretty Wiped Out which was the first release to feature the staple Chainsaw City and had Rosen on Drums & Butts on Bass, James on guitar, and also featured David Lindley, Ian McLagan and Steve Kimock.
Little Women released a single for the Wahine Records label in 1992 of Drive b/w Milk as well as the live album, Live Radish Head(Butts on bass). In 1993 the band released Live at New Georges which was recorded in 1992 (Butts on bass), and contained North, the Jimmy Webb classic Wichita Lineman. The live band line-up (late-1992 onward) consisted of Joseph, Steve James, Greg Williams and Glen Esparza (bass).
In 2006, Joseph's Cosmo Sex School records rereleased Live Radish Head, another 1992 live set (Butts on bass,vocals).
Solo career and the JackmormonsEdit
After the breakup of Little women in 1993, Joseph released The Welcome Hunters which was basically a Little Women record with James, Esparza and Gregg Williams on drums. This was the first album to contain the hit Climb To Safety which is often covered by the band Widespread Panic.
1994 brought the next Joseph solo record, Love and Happiness on Back Door Records which featured an all-new lineup of musicians, including Dave Schools on bass. The record was recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
In 1996, Joseph moved to Utah and formed the band Jackmormons with bassist JR Ruppel, drummer Jim Bone and keyboard player Dave Pellicciaro. Their first album was Butte, Mont. 1879 in 1996, followed by Cotton in 1997. After a few personnel changes the band released Goodlandia and Salt Lake City and then the three-piece lineup of Joseph, Rosen and Ruppel was in place. This lineup would remain for the Jackmormons for more than a decade, including on 2001's Conscious Contact which also included Chuck Leavell (organ, piano), Randall Bramblett (organ, wurlitzer), Michael Houser (guitar), Vic Chesnutt (backing vocals), John Keane (pedal steel), John Neff (pedal steel), Todd Nance (percussion) and David Barbe (sirens), and 2003's Mouthful of Copper. In 2005, the Jackmormons released Into the Lovely which was the first record to feature Steve Drizos on drums, and included backing vocals from his wife Jenny Conlee of The Decemberists.
In parallel to the Jackmormons' career, Joseph released the solo record Everything Was Beautiful for Ulftone Records in 2000 which featured Ruppel, Rosen, Pete Droge, Ian Moore, Layng Martine III and others. Joseph's first release for Cosmo Sex School records, a label he founded in 2003, was a duet with Danny Dzuik (credited as Dzuiks Küche), called Oil, which also featured David Lindley on the track Any Other Day. In 2004 Cherry was released on Terminus Records. 2006 brought April Nineteenth, recorded at Mississippi studios in Portland and featuring Joseph, Drizos and the return of Steve James. In 2010, the group released Badlandia, recorded in Virginia city, Montana and also featuring Conlee.
The first vinyl release on Cosmo Sex School was a 2012 Jackmormons 7" of Mile High, Mile Deep b/w a cover of Michael Houser's Airplane. In 2012 the JAckmormons released Happy Book, a 2-CD set featuring guest appearances by Conlee, her Decemberists bandmate Chris Funk, Eric Earley (Blitzen Trapper), Dan Eccles (Richmond Fontaine), Ingram, Little Sue Weaver and Paul Brainard.
In 2008, Joseph and Drizos recorded a self-titled album under the moniker The Denmark Veseys. The album, recorded in Athens, GA and released on Cosmo Sex School, features appearances from Barbe, Neff and the Chase Park Transduction Choir. Soon after the pair entered the studio with multi-instrumentalist Bret Mosley to record the Charge EP at Old Soul Studio in Catskill, NY. the album was recorded live-to-tape and was the first album Joseph offered exclusively as an online download of digital tracks.
Joseph released Jerry Joseph on October 31, 2013, an album of 11 original songs, many of which are older Jackmormons, Little Women and Stockholm Syndrome songs reworked to fit his current solo acoustic aesthetic.
Joseph began to use the Stockholm Syndrome moniker for a tour of Europe with Dave Schools in 2003.
The band later morphed into a 5-piece with Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools, guitarist Eric McFadden, and Ingram. They recorded Holy Happy Hour at the famed Compass Point Studios with producer Terry Manning. The album featured mostly new compositions, along with a cover of the Climax Blues Band's Couldn't Get It Right
Stockholm Syndrome toured in 2004 to support the album, while Schools' primary gig was on hiatus. Stockholm Syndrome reformed in 2010 with Gov't Mule keyboardist Danny Louis replacing Dzuik, and recorded Live at Streetlight Records during a tour stop in California, and also Apollo in 2011.
Joseph is noted for his songwriting and the depth of his "creative, cathartic" lyrics. Widespread Panic has covered seven of Joseph's songs on record, and several others live.
He also co-authored "Yellow Ribbons" for Bloodkin with lead singer Daniel Hutchens.
|Artist||Album title||Release date||Label||Format(s)|
|Little Women||Life's Just Bitchin'||1987||Studio EP|
|Little Women||Pretty Wiped Out||1990||Studio|
|Little Women||Live at New George's||1993||Live|
|Jerry Joseph||Welcome Hunters||1993||Studio|
|Jerry Joseph||Love and Happiness||1994||Back Door Records||Studio|
|Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons||Butte, Montana 1879||1996||Holladay||Studio|
|Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons||Cotton||1997||Holladay||Studio EP|
|Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons||Goodlandia||1997||Trespass||Live|
|Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons||Salt Lake City||1998||Holladay||Studio|
|Jerry Joseph||Everything was Beautiful||2000||Ulftone||Studio|
|Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons||Conscious Contact||2002||Terminus||Studio|
|Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons||Mouthful of Copper||2003||Terminus||Live|
|Stockholm Syndrome||Holy Happy Hour||2004||Terminus||Studio|
|Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons||Into the Lovely||2005||Terminus||Studio|
|Jerry Joseph||April Nineteenth||2006||Reap and Sow||Live|
|Little Women||Live Radish Head||2006||Cosmo Sex School||Live|
|The Denmark Veseys||The Denmark Veseys||2008||Cosmo Sex School||Studio|
|Jerry Joseph, Bret Mosley, and Steve Drizos||Charge||2009||Cosmo Sex School||Studio EP|
|Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons||Badlandia||2010||Cosmo Sex School||Live|
|Jerry Joseph & Wally Ingram||Civility||2010||Cosmo Sex School||Studio|
|Stockholm Syndrome||Live at Streetlight Records||2010||Cosmo Sex School||Live EP|
|Stockholm Syndrome||Apollo||2011||Cosmo Sex School||Studio|
|Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons||Happy Book||2012||Cosmo Sex School||Studio|
|Jerry Joseph||Jerry Joseph||2013||Cosmo Sex School||Studio|
|Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons||Singin' In The Rain||2014||Cosmo Sex School||Studio|
|Jerry Joseph||By The Time Your Rocket Gets To Mars||2016||Cosmo Sex School||Studio|
|Jerry Joseph||Weird Blood||2017||Cavity Search Records||Studio|
|Jerry Joseph||The Beautiful Madness||2020||Jerry Joseph||Studio|
- Kayce, Aaron (November 13, 2012). "Jerry Joseph: I'm F***ing Happy". Relix. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
- "Jerry Joseph: Discography".
- Kayce. "Passion and Pain with Jerry Joseph [Part I]". JamBase.com.
- "Cosmo Sex School: The Denmark Veseys". Archived from the original on 2013-12-25.
- "Cosmo Sex School Records: Charge". Archived from the original on 2013-12-25.
- "Allmusic: Earth To America".
- "Allmusic: Free Somehow".
- "Jerry Joseph: Yellow Ribbons".
- "Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons: Singin' In The Rain". Archived from the original on 2015-06-14.