Tomorrow, Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons release a sweeping new double album, Happy Book. In conjunction with street date, Response Records re-releases three classic works from the band’s hefty discography – Goodlandia (2000), Into The Lovely (2006), and Badlandia (2010). Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons launched their spring tour this past weekend with three shows in their home state of Oregon. The complete list of currently confirmed tour dates is included below.
For more than 30 years, Jerry Joseph has been strapping on a guitar and chasing down truth, understanding and soul with tenacity and resonant skill. Until now, Joseph’s nearly 20 releases have only been available in the U.S. through Joseph’s own Cosmo Sex School Records.
But with growing worldwide demand for Joseph’s unique brand of Rock & Roll (he recently blogged from his month long tour throughout Southeast Asia), Response Records has begun the task of getting Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons discs into Europe, Asia and Australia – both in stores and online.
Jerry Joseph is the archetypal musician’s musician – something that’s resoundingly clear on his sweeping new double album Happy Book. Captured with muscle and blood by Joseph’s longtime trio The Jackmormons, Happy Book presents Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons at their most diverse and confident; it’s a record with a wide swing that dexterously moves from whisper closeness to Technicolor expansiveness. Produced by Joseph’s former Little Women band mate Gregg Williams (Dandy Warhols, Blitzen Trapper), Happy Book is an emotional and sonic wallop fueled by the tightest, tastiest playing the Jackmormons have ever captured in the studio. “After 17 years, this album brings together a lot of things I’ve always wanted on a record,” explains Joseph. “This sounds like a band that’s been together 17 years and has evolved along the way.”
Happy Book incorporates horns and other choice elements from guests – Jenny Conlee-Drizos and Chris Funk (The Decemberists), Eric Earley (Blitzen Trapper), Dan Eccles (Richmond Fontaine), Wally Ingram, Little Sue Weaver and Paul Brainard – into The Jackmormons’ tight-knit chemistry to create an expansive work that captures Joseph’s startlingly broad musical range in a roughly graceful, swiftly intoxicating way.
The list of confirmed tour dates for Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons is as follows:
Tuesday, March 20 John’s Alley Moscow ID
Wednesday, March 21 Great Northern Bar Whitefish MT
Thursday, March 22 The Palace Missoula MT
Friday, March 23 – Saturday, March 24 Whiskey Jack’s Big Sky MT
Thursday, April 5 Winston’s Beach Club San Diego CA
Friday, April 6 – Saturday, April 7 The Mint Los Angeles CA
Tuesday, April 10 Audie’s Olympic Fresno CA
Wednesday, April 11 Moe’s Alley Santa Cruz CA
Thursday, April 12 Cafe du Nord San Francisco CA
Friday, April 13 Mystic Theatre Petaluma CA
Saturday, April 14 Humboldt Brews Arcata CA
Additional dates to be announced.