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Smokin Joe radiates the soul of Johnny Cash, the sensuality of the Grateful Dead and the style of Woody Guthrie wrapped up in a folk/roots package! Smokin Joe radiates the soul of Johnny Cash, the sensuality of Jim Morrison and the style of Woody Guthrie wrapped up in a folk/roots package! He’s somewhere between "Ringo Starr and the Grateful Dead" His songs are “real life gritty”, not “Nashville pretty”!
While flying from Toronto to Phoenix, Smokin’ Joe was treated to Uncle Tupelo’s version of “The Moonshiner.” He had heard the song before but was blown away by this fresh interpretation of that traditional song. He created his own version, revising the chord structure and the lyrics and found that his friends liked the song and looked forward to playing his adaptation.
Let’s Do It!
Being a novice guitarist and songwriter and flushed from the success of his adaptation of “The Moonshiner”, Smokin’ Joe turned to his love of the blues. He discovered that 12 Bar Blues had a common structure and started writing songs in the 12 Bar Blues format. One of his favorite guitarists is Jimi Hendrix and “Hey Joe” inspired the writing of “Trouble Comes My Way” and “Do The Time.” Other songs flowed from these Blues themes including “Cheatin’ Blues” and “I Woke Up With The Blues” both of which appear on his first CD. His 2nd CD “Blue Smoke” was released in summer 2009 and features original songs and collaborations as well as covers from other SongU students. He has since released Life is Good and is halfway through Bound For Hell.
Growing Through Collaboration!
Smokin’ Joe found that while the songs came quickly, making them sound different was a challenge as his guitar skills are limited to rhythm support. Discussions with son Waylon led to collaboration on “No One Got The Blues.” This song was recorded at Mallczar Studio in Stephenville with assistance from MusicNL.
Joe has developed co-writing associations with Gerald Butler, Dennis Long, Pamela Gibson. Dennis Dolloff, Pat Kelly, Rachel Bay, Emmet Bresnahan and others. He continues to develop SongU co-writing partnerships as well as among the participants of the Ryerson Songwriting Workshop such as Matt Gerber.
“Smokin Joe Wiseman: Life is Good” was replicated at Blu Monster Media in Toronto, Ontario. The CD features 12 new songs plus a bonus track – the country song “Everything But Me” from his 1st CD “A Field By The Sea.” The CD is a country-folk CD and includes originals as well as co-writes and covers of some of Smokin Joe’s favorites.
Smokin’ Joe was successful on his second attempt at getting a demo grant from MIANL and three demos were produced. “No One Got The Blues” was recorded as a demo in Stan Gallant’s Mallczar Studio in Stephenville, Newfoundland. “Riding With the Wolves” and “Do The Time” were also recorded at the same time. These songs feature many of Smokin’ Joe’s friends who donated their time and skills to help make these demos a success.
Building on this studio experience and with relationships developed through SongU, the REO Songwriter’s Retreat and MusicNL Joe released his first CD “A Field By The Sea” in March, 2007. The Western Star covered the CD release and here is an excerpt from the entertainment page review:
His CD is a compilation of 10 of his originals, along with Moonshiner, which is his own adaptation mixed in with the lyrics from several versions of that particular song.
Wiseman said the CD's title song, A Field By The Sea, is about people leaving this province and "not" ending up in the field by the sea.
Another song, The Legend of the Blue Puttees, is a tribute to the Newfoundland Regiment and Wiseman has even included photos of his two uncles, Harold and Clyde Coish from Seldom, Green Bay, on the CD jacket. Harold was killed at Beaumont Hamel, France, and Clyde at Paschendale, Belgium, in another horrific battle.
As a result of what Newfoundlanders gave to the effort, King George V renamed the Newfoundland Regiment the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, the first time such an honour was bestowed in war time.
"I wanted to tell the story of what happened at Beaumont Hamel that July 1, 1916, when the next morning of just over 800 soldiers that went into that battle only 68 answered the roll call. This represents the character of the Newfoundland people," he said.
Hello Joe Welcome to the revolution. Make yourself at home and feel free to browse the site, make some new friends and fans. There is so much to hear, see and do here like blogs, videos, events and even chat. There are also many resources for musicians to take advantage of. Cheers Nick