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Blog time again! Well, what do I have to say today? Adaptability that is my word of the day.

I love the sound of over driven tubes in a small Fender amp. There was a review of my music and the reviewer made note of that. Coz it is true. But last December when strolling in the Las Vegas Guitar Center there was an old vintage Baby Taylor. Interesting... It needed work, the bridge was pulling of the soundboard, otherwise very nice, including an actual Taylor hard shell case. So... I had to snag it! I took it to RM Guitars in Las Vegas where I know Rod would repair and set it up the way I prefer my guitars to be set up. A week later I picked it up and nothing has been the same since.

Literally, my guitar playing has changed dramatically. This is such a nice acoustic guitar. The short scale is similar to an electric guitar feel, the sound is so big and luscious. Amazing for a small box guitar. It can be seen in my new video if you haven't seen it yet, here is a link: https://youtu.be/j4eStFc8JEg

So my love for hot tubes has not changed but the acoustic is for the first time in my playing career the first guitar I pick up in the morning. This has resulted in my evolution towards a more country music, really more cowboy music style of playing and singing.

Thing is, this new sound is being received very well, so, I'm no fool; as an entertainer giving audiences what they like is my job. And I am happy to oblige! I love playing and expressing my soul through music and this is just a new and exciting way to do that!


Joe The Bluesman lives out his convictions and lays out his soul in his music. You can hear in the way he sings and you can feel it in the way he plays the guitar. The new king of blues, Joe is on a mission to bring blues back to the forefront of the music scene. "I feel that a lot of the quality has left the music these days," Joe The Bluesman says. "I want to make great quality music that moves people, and that will be the driving force behind the music's success."

Joe recently released the music video for his upcoming single "One," on YouTube on July 13th, 2019. For the single Joe curated a masterful recording, working with some of the best musicians blues has to offer to give the song new life. "One," is a cover of U2's song of the same name released on their 1991 album Achtung Baby. The song was a commercial success for U2.

Joe states that he chose to cover the song because "this is a powerful song that moved people when it was released then and I am confident our cover will move people today."

Following the recent release of the music video for  "One" released on July 13th, 2019, Joe's upcoming single will be released to all major streaming platforms on September 2nd, 2019.

Joe The Bluesman aka Joe Campobasso was born in Kansas City in 1954. Early in his childhood, his parents moved to Huntington Beach, California where he would spend most of his youth. A natural musician, he was already playing the violin by the third grade and by high school he was playing in the school's band. Joe also played bass in a band during his teen years known as "Pimit Creek," who mainly played CSN&Y covers. Joe's musical influences include Count Basis and Sarah Vaughn. After high school, he put music as a profession aside stating "I have always had an interest in music but I had to put music as a side interest, like so many people I took the time to raise my family. Three years ago I said goodbye to my day job to make music my number one priority."

To date, counting the release of his upcoming single, Joe has released two singles and one E.P. A Deep South and Midwest tour is planned to promote the upcoming single. Touring will be combined with promotional efforts to market the single. 


Listen to Joe The Bluesman's "One:" https://soundcloud.com/user-959493003/one

Links: https://youtu.be/j4eStFc8JEg https://www.joethebluesman.com/ https://joethebluesman.storyamp.com/ https://open.spotify.com/artist/41f48DYm0msfSpXCXzkGOa?autoplay=true&v=A https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/joe-the-bluesman/1445353967

Here we are again, time to send out a bit of my thoughts...

What am I thinking about? Mostly getting ready for my first gig in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The land of my wife's family and the land of Hatch chilies, truly the best food in the world. But not really thinking about that, thinking about how I'll need to discipline myself in regards to practicing!

Practice? We talking about practice, Yes Alan, I'm talking about practice!

As you know I have a new single coming out in a few days. The prep work to produce recording is never seen, but at least for me, before I go into the money draining studio, I know the song inside and out. But that means I'm working those songs at the cost of all the others in my set. Like Nigel Rogers said in a tweet, "I don't practice for a day, I know it. I don't practice for 2 days YOU know it!" True words.

That is why I am practicing, I even forget the intricate fingering and or the words of even my own songs!

Now I work through the set, every day. I am excited that my new show has a large segment of all acoustic, just me and the guitar.

So, I need to figure out how to keep a better practice schedule, keeping up with the new and the older songs...it is all about personal discipline....

Joe The Bluesman is a traveling blues artist who writes occasional post for the EPR Music Blog. Check out Joe's full blog and site at - https://www.joethebluesman.com/