Joe’s music is a collage of soulful, emotional, sensual, & melancholic feels, spanning the gamut of folk-rock from warm country-rock to an exotic Spanish-Middle Eastern confluence to hard-hitting, rootsy rock & roll.
Joe Strong's music has its own unique style, but it is often likened to Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler, Leonard Cohen, Tom Petty and John Lennon.
Click the play button to hear a demo comprised of excerpts of the new CD.
“Looking Through the Glass Darkly”, the 2nd album by singer/songwriter Joe Strong, has been released!
The album is a mix of genres – rock, blues, country, & Middle Eastern, from barnburners to moving ballads -- filled with intimate lyrics of
soul-bearing vulnerability and mature reflection, sung with inspirational but often haunting melodies.
The album’s 12 tracks span a wide stylistic territory, from pan-cultural, polyrhythmic “No Stars in the Sky”,
to folk-Americana “Hayride”, to country-rock barnburner “Dance All Night”, to stark musical-theater “Nonstop Service”.
“Looking Through the Glass Darkly”, recorded at Left Orbit Studio in Portland, is the result of a four-year collaboration with Portland’s premier musician Scott Pemberton, who co-produced, engineered, and played an assortment of instruments on the album.
Additionally, the album features an impressive collection of accomplished Portland musicians: Ji Tanzer, one of Portland's most versatile and solid drummers; Jeffree White, known as a dazzling guitar player; pianist and keyboardist Jeff Baxter; saxophonist Sly Pig; and violinist Annalisa Tornfelt.
Click to play a demo of samples from the CD:
Click here for a gallery of photos from the studio.