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Joe Purdy

Today I will WOW you with the musical catalog of the fiercely independent Joe Purdy!

Joe Purdy Discography and best song from album:

  • Joe Purdy
    • Mary May & Bobby
  • Sessions from Motor Ave.
    • Come Back Down Joe
  • Stomping Grounds
    • Rainy Day Lament
  • Julie Blue
    • Wash Away
  • Only Four Seasons
    • The City
  • You Can Tell Georgia
    • Ode to Sad Clown
  • Paris In the Morning
    • Two Left Feet
  • Canyon Joe
    • Outlaws
  • Take My Blanket and Go
    • White Picket Fence
  • Last Clock on the Wall
    • Dead End Kids

Top 3 Joe Purdy Albums:

  1. Only Four Seasons
  2. Julie Blue
  3. You Can Tell Georgia

Top 10 Joe Purdy Songs:

  1. Ode To Sad Clown
  2. The City
  3. Falling Down
  4. You Can Tell Georgia
  5. Two Left Feet
  6. Brand New Set of Wings
  7. Can’t Get It Right Today
  8. Wash Away
  9. Only Four Seasons
  10. Waiting On Something Good

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25 albums you should own!

Over time, there have many great musical artists and from each artist comes an assortment of songs that become an album. In theory the sum of an album should be equal or greater than its parts (songs).  If only this were true.  Today, with streaming audio, and the ability to buy/download single songs, the allure and importance of the album has waned.  Artists might release several EP’s before they release a full length album. 

Growing up, I had to roll the dice and hope that each album I saved for would be as good as the song I heard on the radio.  Sadly, that was not always the case.  Domo arigato Mr. Roboto!

However, some artists do indeed get it right and below is a list of 25 albums you might not know but you should own.  This collection does not include live albums or greatest hits. 

Also, I do not include any type of review for the below artists/albums.  This is in an effort to allow you to form you own opinion, keep the blog reading to an acceptable time, and selfishly save me time writing the blog itself. 

Twenty Five albums you should own! (In no particular order):

Artist Album
Alexi Murdoch Time Without Consequences
Animal Liberation Orchestra Fly Between Falls
Arcade Fire Funeral
Ben Harper Welcome to the Cruel World
The Black Keys Attack and Release
Citizen Cope   The Clarence Greenwood Recordings
Chris Whitley Living with the Law
The Dead Weather Horehound
Drive-By Truckers Brighter Than Creation’s Dark
Elliott Smith From a Basement on the Hill
Sonic Youth Daydream Nation
Jason Isbell Sirens of the Ditch
Jeffrey Foucault Stripping Cane
John Butler Trio Sunrise Over Sea
Joseph Arthur Come To Where I’m From
My Morning Jacket The Tennessee Fire
A Perfect Circle Mer De Noms
The Raconteurs Broken Boy Soldiers
Slaid Cleaves Broke Down
Tom Petty She’s the One
The Tragically Hip Fully Completely
Joe Purdy Only Four Seasons
Son Volt Trace
Neko Case Middle Cyclone
Iron & Wine Our Endless Numbered Days

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You should still be listening to Joe Purdy

Here is a little more info on Joe Purdy to assist in your acclimation to his style of music.

 Currently, Joe has ten albums to his credit and over 100 songs in his catalog.  Below is a list of his albums:

 Joe Purdy Discography:

  1.  Joe Purdy
  2. Sessions from Motor Ave.
  3. Stomping Grounds
  4. “Julie Blue”
  5. Only Four Seasons
  6. You can tell Georgia
  7. Paris in the Morning
  8. Canyon Joe
  9. Take My Blanket and Go
  10. Last Clock on the Wall

 The above mentioned albums are listed in chronological release order.  While I recommend them all, “Julie Blue” was my first Joe Purdy album and still ranks among my favorite.  This collection of songs were written and recorded (in less than a week) while Joe was staying on a river island in upstate New York.  The rough nature of the recording is further enhanced by the sound of the water hitting the docks in the background.  It also contains the song “Wash Away” which has been featured in the TV show “Lost” and is currently being used in a “Dawn Soap” commercial. 

 Joe recently ended his 2009 tour in Austin on December 20th.  He should begin touring sometime in early 2010.  And, I stand corrected from my previous blog, the Austin date was not his first venture into Texas, he has previously played at Austin’s SXSW in 2007.

 In addition to me being a fan, Joe seems to have a growing legion of folks who praise his musical prowess.  Pete Townshend (The Who) is among one of the many.

 Check out the amazing duet of “Let My Love Open the Door” with Joe Purdy and the legendary Pete Townshend at the Hotel Cafe.  http://www.ilike.com/artist/Joe+Purdy/videos/352175492

 So, continue to take your time and immerse yourself to the greatness of Joe Purdy and let me know what you think.  All songs are available to stream for free from his website www.joepurdy.com .

 Great music awaits!


You should be listening to Joe Purdy

Joe Purdy is an anomaly in the current music industry scene.  He releases, writes, produces, and sings everything himself.  Not signed to a major label, an indie label, or any label at all. His music is not sold in any record store.  Purdy has been offered a major label contract on numerous occasions and he’s turned them down every time.  With ten albums behind him, songs on a smattering of TV shows (Lost, Grey’s Anatomy) and two commercials (Kia & Dawn) it would appear that his lack of a label has not hurt his ability to make a living or make incredible music. 

His music might be categorized as folk but don’t get too caught up in the genre label.  His music is raw and gritty with great stories behind it.  He switches seamlessly between piano and guitar with the occasional harmonica.  Each song has warmth to it that invites you to listen.  His lyrics and song characters are vulnerable yet familiar with underlying strength and assurance from his voice. 

I’ve been a fan for about six or seven years and recently had the good fortune to see him live in Austin on Dec. 20th.  I believe this was his first show in the great state of Texas.  It was well worth the wait.  The concert lasted a little over 2 hours and Joe was an engaging stage presence who took requests from the sold out crowd.  He was funny, accessible, determined to give a good show, dealt with drunks well (I was not one) and, wouldn’t play Wash Away (popular song from TV show Lost and Dawn commercial).

Top five Joe Purdy Songs according to Butler (Albums listed to right of song):

  1.  Mary May & Bobby (Joe Purdy)
  2. Falling Down  (Only Four Seasons)
  3. Ode to a Sad Clown (You can Tell Georgia)
  4. Two Left Feet (Paris in the Morning)
  5. San Jose (Take My Blanket and Go)

So, take some time and acclimate yourself to the greatness of Joe Purdy and let me know what you think.  All songs are available to stream for free from his website www.joepurdy.com .

Joe Purdy’s music is available on i tunes, CD Baby and www.joepurdy.com.

Great music awaits!