Joe Linus is a modern urban folk songwriter with a tender grit vocal, pouring out his vivid cautionary tales over languid, finger-plucking rhythms on acoustic string guitar.*
Based in Northern California, Joe Linus released his first full length cd GUNPOWDER TEA in 2005, earning a 5 star rating from Roots Music Report, and has since been energizing audiences with his minimal stylings and eloquent lyrical narrative, laying bare the conflicts of love and life against a timeless American landscape.
In his new release SMOKE/SHADOW: alone_alive! Linus continues to explore the intimate and soulful complexities of life, with an even more stripped-down-to-the-bone authenticity. Rounder Records extols Linus as a “classic storyteller with a great voice “ delivering songs of “emotional resonance. “ Still, Linus remains an independent artist.
Through the inward-looking nature of his works, joe Linus persuades even the coldest of hearts to beat again, as he grasps at slender threads of hope, if ultimately in vain. He draws his listeners in closely, at times with the subtlest ironic nuance, to witness the dark and beautiful melancholy of dreams laid once again to waste. Smoothly vibrant in his simple execution, he leaves his audiences uplifted and wanting more.
*(At very special events, Joe Linus may bring his backing ensemble, The Pretty Saro, adding a wondrous dimension to the show. The Pretty Saro is an ever-evolving group of fine musicians dedicated to the presentation of joe’s songs; the scale and combinations of the PS players are tailored for the moment’s potential entertainment, yet always evocative of the singer’s core values. )
For information contact: Booking@joeLinusMusic.com