Jerry Joseph And The Jackmormons
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Jerry Joseph And The Jackmormons
In 2015, Joseph and the Jackmormons went into TRI Studios with Dave Schools and walked out with 20 songs. Those songs became the albums Istanbul/Fog Of War (10/2015) and By The Time Your Rocket Gets to Mars (4/2016). The plan was to release a third album, an EP, with the remaining three finished songs supplemented by couple of new songs that Joseph would write. The plan went sideways.
"I rented a tiny house about a mile from my home so I could write but be home for dinner and kid bedtime. I ended up writing a fistful of songs. It was cold early January but a perfect place to write. Weird stuff was happening in general, one of those weeks where I had my copy of Black Star and David Bowie died," Joseph recalls. "I tend to do the mad scribble thing when I write."
When after a week of writing, Joseph arrived at Jackpot Studios, Schools was adamant they record all the new songs. They also recorded a couple written in Scotland, "Sweet Baba Jay" and "Late Heavy Bombardment" and a few that they've been performing, but had never recorded. "The past few years we've been trying to figure out album slots for some of the hundred originals that are part of our live repertoire but have never been recorded, like 'Wild Wild West' which has been around since the late 90s," remarks Joseph. The tiny house songs became the core of Weird Blood.
When I write in a flurry like that, it's hard to see a thread. It feels more like a purge than a considered attempt at art but in the end I seem to get to stuff that I can't get to when I'm thinking too hard.
So here is the recorded during a massive snow storm at Jackpot Studios' record. There was a lot of blood, it was pretty weird, I don't even know where that came from, scribbled on something, and turned into a uncomfortable song.'
The prolific writer has released more than 30 records and has a catalog of over 250 original songs and counting. Joseph has always stayed busy on the road, not only touring the US but also far-flung, under-explored locales. In the past couple years he has traveled to war-torn regions to bring supplies and teach and share music. In 2015 he brought instruments and volunteered as a music instructor at an underground co-ed rock school in Kabul, Afghanistan. This Spring, he brought guitars and supplies and taught and performed for the residents of a permanent refugee camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
"For me, it was pretty profound. There were these teenage girls learning to play, Syrian Kurds. I wonder sometimes about the power or magic of music, but we certainly attach a lot to it. I think that there are these moments that I've found where music does make a difference. Showing these kids how to play a few guitar chords or teaching them 'Three Little Birds' by Bob Marley and teaching them about empowerment. It doesn't matter if it's clay or dance shoes, no one can take it away from you. They can take the guitar or the paint, but they can't take your creative thinking. A lot of these kids and adults feel isolated and alone, and you go, 'Here [hand them a guitar and a social media account], You're not alone. You're part of something beautiful and bigger.'"
With two dogs, an eight track recorder and a book of old murder ballads, Rich and Rob Kwait would start their musical journey. Visiting mountain cabins from Vermont to Tennessee and listening to the country blues, the Philadelphia-based twin brothers would soon begin crafting songs of their own and bring them back to Philadelphia to play for friends on the stoop. What started as cosmic country and bluegrass would soon become something more rich and textured and groovy.... The band (including Ira Race on guitar, Stephan DiVincenzo and Jeff Levinsohn on drums, and Jeanine Reed on vocals/percussion) would begin to find their sound....
After the death of the two dogs, Rich and Rob and the band (now known as CABIN DOGS) would again retreat to the mountains -- this time in Upstate New York-- and being writing songs for a new album. Aaron "Professor Louie" Hurwitz - a veteran Woodstock NY musician/engineer/producer/keyboard master would be brought into the fold and a new album (ELECTRIC CABIN) would be recorded, bringing the CABIN DOGS onto the national scene (including two appearances at the Newport Folk Festival).
Critics would compare the album to classic works by the Grateful Dead and The Band and describe the music of CABIN DOGS as something like a conduit into a colorful pastoral timeless American story.
With a growing repoirtoire (including songs culled from the Kwait Brothers Band days) and 7+ years of steady playing together, the CABIN DOGS have also developed into a forceful and seaonsed live act able to play festivals, bars and singer-songwriter venues without missing a beat.