Photo | Courtesy of The Merry Widow | Jerry Joseph
Band: Jerry Joseph
Date: Thursday, Jan. 24, with doors at 8 p.m.
Venue: The Merry Widow, 51 S. Conception St. (Mobile), themerrywidow.net
Tickets: $5 at the door
If there is one philosophy that resonates with most singer-songwriters, it would be personal experiences provide a foundation for a good song. For his latest effort, “Full Metal Burqa,” singer-songwriter/guitarist Jerry Joseph (Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons, Stockholm Syndrome) has translated a number of unique experiences into a collection of insightful tracks, taking listeners around the planet on a musical journey as witnessed through his mind.
Joseph’s time spent teaching at an “underground, co-ed rock school” in Kabul, Afghanistan, inspired the album’s title as well as such tracks such as “Peacocks and Blackhawks.” For this vision, Joseph’s smooth ramble of lyrics rolls across measures of pure rock ‘n’ roll. When one considers the location and the tone of this track, “Peacocks and Blackhawks” takes on an air of irony.
Joseph also heads to the Dominican Republic for “Power Out.” Clocking in at more than 10 minutes, this epic track begins with straight rock before dropping into Joseph’s edgy take on reggae. While songs this length might grow stale, Joseph’s energy and dynamics keep it engaging.
Joseph’s show at The Merry Widow will be an intimate experience, a solo show with just a guitar and a wealth of music. Don’t miss it.
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