In the Zone with Jerry Joseph

He’s known for his dynamic and even anthemic live shows (think Bruce Springsteen), but while Jerry Joseph can go from a whisper to a scream, in-between there’s some incredible subtlety and poetry at play in his songs. He says his music is very personal, not about other characters. And Jerry works to bring the truth to every song, emotionally and lyrically. We also talked about what has informed his songwriting over the years; that and more in our pre-induction interview. Watch and then listen to the unedited conversation as we go deep into how he shapes songs and on-stage performances.

Hitting the Emotional Spot on Stage and in Songwriting

 

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L-R Dave Scott, Jerry Joseph, Inessa Anderson, Dave Schools, Tony Lash

 

Here’s a bit of bio-background on Jerry and his vaunted history:

Singer/songwriter, guitarist Jerry Joseph formed the band Little Women in 1982. The band was a cross between Burning Spear and the Grateful Dead with the band looking more like the New York Dolls. The band’s live shows were legendary and between that and several self-released albums, Little Women’s fan base grew across the country. Since then, Jerry has released 6 solo albums, 9 albums as Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormans, 3 with the Stockholm Syndrome which include members of Gov’t Mule and Widespread Panic as well as a number of other recordings and collaborations. Widespread Panic has covered 7 of his songs and even co-wrote a song with Woody Harrelson for the movie “The Earth Will Swallow You.”

 

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Check out the video portion of the interview and then grab the unedited conversation below. Lots of ideas flowing about how songs arrive, where they come from and how to grab lyrics and nail these ideas down! Jerry told us “If a lyric is good, usually it will come in the instant”.

 

For more behind the  artistry of Jerry Joseph, be sure to take in the unedited conversation as we all attempt to get at the “truth” of this craft. We think it involves becoming naked to it.

 

 

 

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LINK UP

Newest project and more about Jerry Joseph Here.

 

Read this great interview courtesy of relix from 2012. Jerry gives fans some fantastic insights.

 

Find out more about Brent Angelo and his photographic work HERE

 

Check out more 2015 Induction interviews HERE.

 

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6 replies
  1. Spike says:

    I love this man with all of my heart….thank you for showing the world what i have always seen. My friend Jerry is a genius but don’t ever tell him I said that…

    —spike

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  2. Chris says:

    I have seen Jerry perform countless amazing shows over the years and there is a one word theme that always strikes me, and never goes away: PROPHET. I realize the religious undertones of this term, but my interpretation is spiritual and not necessarily religious. He is a humble rock star but the truths he reveals are so eloquently exposed that we realize they were there all along, we just needed a leader to show us.
    https://soundcloud.com/chris-robinson-181/sets/jackmormons

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    • inessa says:

      Chris that is why Jerry acquired the nickname “The Reverend” much like Springsteen is called “The Preacher of Rock & Roll”. Jerry is mos def showing us the way. ~Inessa

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