Track Premiere: Jerry Joseph “Cosmic”


What if Steve Earle sang with U2? Find out when the new single arrives this week; is from forthcoming album due in mid April.

By Blurt Staff

Rocker/songwriter (and Oregon Music Hall Of Famer) Jerry Joseph just wrapped up a weeklong residency with his longtime band The Jackmormons at Portland’s Laurelthirst House. With that taken care of, he’s now prepping for the release of full length album By the Time Your Rocket Gets to Mars, due out April 15 via Voodoo Doughnut Recordings/Cosmo Sex School. This week he’s kicking off a series of solo shows, and he’s got a new single from the album dropping as well, on March 4. We’ve got the premiere for you right here, so check out “Cosmic”:

Of the song, Joseph notes, “I was in Afghanistan teaching teenagers to play guitar and cook Mexican food, though our dream of a Kabul based taco empire, to be called Cholo’ban, lost steam. I was able to write a lot. My friends had a walled off courtyard and I’d wake early to the muezzin, peacocks and American Blackhawk helicopters and I’d start writing. I have young children and I was there to teach music, I was desperately trying to not write dark political songs. I was hoping more for magic and God and love, themes that have eluded me in the past. So, as I often do, I thought, ‘what would Steve Earle do if he sang for U2?’ and I wrote this because it’s cosmic baby.”


The new album was recorded at TRI Studios, produced by Dave Schools (J Mascis and the Fog, Hard Working Americans, Stockholm Syndrome), mixed by Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Wilco) and featuring Joseph’s full band, Steve Drizos on drums, Steven James Wright on bass and Jeff Crosby on guitar, as well as special guests Mookie Siegel on keyboard, Scott Law and Steve Kimock on guitar, Jason Crosby on piano and Michael Lewis (Blue Skies For Black Hearts) on vocals. By The Time Your Rocket Gets To Mars, incidentally, is the second of three full length records resulting from these sessions. The first, Istanbul/Fog of War, released in October 2015 is two songs, 31 minutes of music, recorded in one take. The third in the series is tentatively scheduled to be released in Fall of 2016.

Cosmic - Single


Tour Dates for Jerry Joseph Solo/Acoustic

Jerry Joseph Australia/New Zealand Tour

Tour Dates for Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons
Apr 21 New York, NY, Mercury Lounge
Apr 22 Fairfield PA, Taverna 5450
Apr 23 Baltimore MD, The 8 X 10
Apr 24 Charlottesville VA, The Southern
Apr 27 Buffalo NY, Buffalo Iron Works
Apr 28 Syracuse NY, Funk ‘N Waffles
Apr 29 South Burlington VT, Higher Ground
Apr 30 Portsmouth NH, Birdseye Lounge
May 4 Pittsburgh PA, Rex Theater
May 5 Chicago IL, Back Porch Stage – House Of Blues
May 7 Chicago IL, Back Porch Stage – House Of Blues
Jul 9/10 Telluride CO, Ride Festival

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