A shuffle beat trucks over the metallic glissando of pedal steel while acoustic and electric guitars chunk with desperation on the 2 and 4 of every measure held-down defiantly by a smooth bed of bass. Over this din of roadhouse country and hometown rock and roll rides a taffy-thick baritone singing nonchalantly of the defeats of failure, the humility of uncertainty, the laughter in love, and the preciousness that can be found in the solace of a honky tonk. And this is just the first song of the set!!
Joe Thompson, a singer-songwriter living in New York City, has been known to describe his music as a refreshing cocktail of Country, Folk and Rock N’ Roll. His debut LP, The Hunting & The Hope, seems to solidify this notion in the eyes and ears of The Daily Vault’s Jason Warburg: “Thompson's genre is Americana, and that label has rarely sounded more apt than in the midst of this set of thinking-man's blue-collar country-folk'n'roll.” With his live band, The Comfortable Catastrophe, a rollicking 6 piece, Thompson brings an honest brand of country that is unusual to New York City. Unlike the sounds coming out of the Brooklyn Country scene, there is an air of honest, immediate urgency to Thompson’s music. However, there is maintained an undeniable playfulness that keeps the set from sinking into a mire of precious lyric boredom. In these live shows it is obvious that here is a man of great passion and humor backed by a very talented band having the time of their lives.
You can see Joe Thompson & The Comfortable Catastrophe in New York City’s finest Honky Tonk’s including; The Rodeo Bar, The Living Room, Rockwood Music Hall, Banjo Jim’s, Lakeside Lounge, The Bitter End, The Red Lion, The Knitting Factory, Public Assembly and many, many more. Joe Thompson’s follow-up to The Hunting & The Hope, tentatively titled, Yankee Twang, is expected to be released in the fall of 2009. Please check-out music, videos and photos online at www.baljoey.com or www.myspace.com/baldjoey. For information concerning booking or other inquiries, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheers.