Hard blowing sax man and vocalist Six Foot Joe brings his own brand of rock and roll/rhythm and blues to the stage. Influenced by 1960s sax icons King Curtis and Jr. Walker, along with all the sax hurricanes of the 40s and 50s, Joe does his best to carry the torch of the original rock n roll instrument…the tenor saxophone. Joe’s songwriting has that classic R&B-horn flavored sound, influenced by horn bands like Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Jack Mack & the Heart Attack, Roomful of Blues and the Powder Blues Band; carrying on the tradition off a big horn sound with a rocking beat. Joe is currently working with a new rocking band, the Red Hot Rhinos, and continues to create an eclectic catalog of music. So please read on and check out this exciting performer, musician and songwriter.
SIX FOOT JOE & THE RED HOT RHINOS SCHEDULE:
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SIX FOOT JOE CDs:
Joe's catalog of recorded original material is constantly expanding, with material ranging from solo acoustic songs to horn soaked rockers. This eclectic collection of music is now available to the public; and it's all right here! Check out the audio files to get a sample of Joe’s CDs, just click on the “Six Foot Joe Release” button at the bottom of this page.
|Using his trade-mark sound of putting the horns out front of the mix, Joe has created a CD that jumps, swings and rocks from the first song to the last. “The Tequila Incident” (HURR-0211) features the hit song “Radio Nights” along with 11 other Joe penned rockers. Joe expands his songwriting boundary with songs like “The Girl in the Ragtop Thunderbird”, the gospel flavored “Testifying Man” to the guitar driven “Break of Day”. Other song themes have Joe explaining the evils of horn bands, stepping in a pile of blues and even wearing shades when playing the blues. And don’t forget about the title track, “the Tequila Incident”, a song that has Joe not being able to account for time spent with a women he just met---we can’t say if this is a true story or not, and Joe isn’t saying a word either. With fat horns and great grooves this disc is sure to rank as one of Joe’s all time best.|
|On his CD “Big Train” (HURR-0210) Joe showcases his songwriting talents. More of a lyrically driven disc (as compared to the horn driven discs “Feels Like Summer” and “Long Way Home”), “Big Train” has new, previously unreleased material as well as full band versions of a few songs from the acoustic “Uncut: the Demo Tapes” CD. Joe may not have taken his horn out of the case that much on this disc but still he crafted some pretty cool story songs; songs filled with heart felt lyrics that look at the way we live life and the choices we make. A nice enjoyable disc for sure!|
|The phrase "horn driven rock and roll" best describes Joe's biggest selling release "Feels Like Summer" (HURR-0208). The CD rocks, swings and jumps from the honking baritone sax line on the opening track to the disc closer, "Bar Walkin'"---a raunchy sax instrumental. Joe's voice sounds better then ever and the band rises to the occasion with some blazing grooves and hot solos. This is classic Six Foot Joe at his best!!|
|On his “Long Way Home” (HURR-0207) CD, Joe includes twelve horn filled originals that swing, groove and rock. There are songs about cars, unattainable women, women with bad intent and there’s even a song about women owning liquor stores. Some of the material on “Long Way Home” goes back to when Joe started his songwriting career. Musically the disc covers the spectrum of straight-ahead rock ‘n’ roll, with plenty of horns of course, to finger-snapping up-tempo blues flavored numbers.|
|Joe’s holiday disc, “One Cool Rockin’ Sleigh” (HURR-0209), is a special three-song release for that festive time of year. Joe makes the holidays jump, swing and rock on the opening track of this special 3 track disc---‘mistletoe’ taper you might say. And, with his story telling at its best, Joe brings out the true meaning of the holidays on the track “Santa Was Here”. Joe shows his lighter side on the disc closer “Joe’s Holiday Wish”.|
|Also available, is the ten song, acoustic guitar/vocals disc "Uncut: the Demo Tapes" (HURR-0206). Joe exposes the essence of his songwriting by stepping behind the microphone with his acoustic guitar instead of his sax on "Uncut: the Demo Tapes". The disc consists of song demos Joe made when he composed and created this material---so if you want to hear some raw, unplug music this disc is for you. “Uncut” consists of songs that Joe wrote early in his career along with some previously unreleased material.|
SIX FOOT JOE REVIEWS:
---Andrew Clark, Saxophone Journal (November 2004)
"Six Foot Joe and his band capture the roots of American blues and rock and roll with their CD ‘Feels Like Summer’. Six Foot Joe has a great wit in his writing and visits many of the touchstones of rock and blues without sounding maudlin or clichéd. His saxophone playing is grounded in the tradition of great rock saxophonists like Junior Walker and King Curtis and his arranging skills are evident on every song. His sax lines are very catchy and his solos fit perfectly into the mix of his material. This is a great effort from a guy who really shows his love for his music on every track of this CD."
---Recording Magazine (Readers Tapes)
March 2000, Volume 13, Number Six
Song critique ‘Hoochie Woman’ from Long Way Home release:
“Now we get this fresh sounding tune from Joe…the tune opens with a drum solo that sounds organic and natural. The saxes come in next, sounding good, before the band and vocals kick in…The well rehearsed band must have made it easier for Joe to do a good recording job---the playing sounds as natural as the mix.”
“Joe has made some nice progress and we congratulate him and his cohorts on a fun recording.”
-Song: The Day That Sons Go Off to War – Honorable mention in the 2013 Colorado Music Business Organization Songwriters Contest (Country category). Note: Contest organizers comments: “I think this song deserves special mention. The song, written by Joe, has this tear-jerking chorus.”
-Song: The Voice of Woody Guthrie – received a Certificate of Merit in the 2001 Unisong International Song Contest for placing in the top 10% of over 3,500 entries (from over 40 countries); can be found on Joe’s “Uncut: the Demo Tapes” disc (stock no. HURR-0206)
-Song: Kitchen Table – received a Certificate of Merit in the 2000 Unisong International Song Contest for placing in the top 10% of over 3,500 entries (from over 40 countries); can be found on Joe’s “Big Train” disc (stock no. HURR-0210)
-Song: Wheattown – winner of the 2000 Great American Song Contest (lyric category); can be found on Joe’s “Uncut: the Demo Tapes” disc (stock no. HURR-0206)
SIX FOOT JOE MUSIC RECORDED BY OTHERS:
The Shields of Faith, a gospel jazz group based in Colorado, has recorded a Six Foot Joe composition. The song, titled A Light Shining Down On Me, will be on the bands debut CD due out soon. The song shows Joe's eclectic taste in music and his ability to stretch his musical boundaries.
SIX FOOT JOE’S BAND: THE RED HOT RHINOS
Joe has known the guys in his back up band, the Red Hot Rhinos, for a long time and has worked with them off and on throughout the years. Joe’s running with a three piece rhythm section these days and has Reno Smith on guitar, the Mighty Vern on drums and Dan Schneider on bass. The horn section has Screamin’ Scott Handler on trumpet, the ‘E-Man’ Eric Whelan on trumpet and Sneaky Pete Auricchio on trumpet---that’s right, Joe has a three piece trumpet section with him honkin’ on stage! With diverse backgrounds and musical tastes all six of these talented musicians brings their unique style and sound to make up the Red Hot Rhinos.
Joe and the band are constantly on the move looking for new places to perform. Look for them to pop up all over town, making impromptu appearances and putting their music out on the street. Similarly, Joe is also constantly writing new material, both acoustically and for a full band ensemble, so future releases are expected. We will post any news on any upcoming events as details develop.
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