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#2 Roots Music Report Alt Country Album Chart (7 weeks)

#7 Roots Music Report Country Album Chart (5 weeks)

#26 Roots Music Report Country Song Chart (“Corner Tap”)

#27 Roots Music Report Country Song Chart (“Jim Bristol”)

#29 Roots Music Report Country Song Chart (“Midwest Boy”)

#30 Roots Music Report Country Song Chart (“I’m Gonna Love You”

#35 Roots Music Report Country Song Chart (“Daddy’s Head Hurts”)

#13 Roots Music Report Americana Country Song Chart (“Midwest Boy”)

#14 Roots Music Report Americana Country Song Chart (“I’m Gonna Love You”)


Joe Rian

Joe Rian (Ryan) was adopted as an infant and raised in Rock Falls Illinois. Sings tavern songs, beer soaked and road worn.

Young Joe flunked out of college, moved out of the Midwest and scraped by like most 20 year olds working multiple -minimum wage jobs. The main gig was sweating away at gold and silver refinery on the west side of Phoenix AZ. Other jobs included telemarketing, working concrete, putting up and then chasing hot air balloons, selling buying club memberships, moving appliances and a very short stint collecting outstanding debts for characters you might find on a once popular TV series.

This was 1989 Arizona. That’s when he won an American Stratocaster on a radio contest signed by Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Then, pure chance found him at the last ever SRV concert. Weirder yet is that he ended up working at Buddy Guy’s Legends.

Summers would find him busking the streets of Chicago…where the real action was. Mid 90’s blues revival indeed was certainly a thing Heavy Blues… Street Blues really. That was never the only thing. Joe is certainly not a Bluesman, but a songwriter that likes to stir the sounds of Roots, Country and Folk styles into a nice pot of soup. Songs best consumed in your local tavern with a dirty floor.



Hodlrs are allowed to use any single (with permission) for their personal or professional projects (free of charge). (not usable on YouTube due to DSP/ YouTube licensing). Must Credit Artist

6 Color Set (1) Song

6 Color Set (1) Song

(1) 5 Song Vinyl Record
(3) Solo Acoustic Version MusicNFT of the
(3) Solo Acoustic Version MusicNFT of the same song.

Track Stems

Track Stems

Hodlrs will receive (by request) track stems (individual recorded tracks) for their personal and professional projects free of charge. (may not use on YouTube due to DSP/ YouTube licensing). Must Credit Artist

Free Discord Concerts

Free Discord Concerts

Hodlrs of 1 or more JRNFT are gated discord channel for live in studio shows with joe and other Artists



It’s a song that’s got a gritty guttural guitar riff at its base, with Joe Rian’s vocal competing to be an even lower down whisky soaked growl. Tender and romantic it is not, but Rian does declare that he’s in earnest “if you think that love ain’t true, I’m gonna love you.“ ~Jonathan Aird

    Jonathan Aird


    A soulful voice that burns through the tracks. The wood-stomping shuffle of "Start All Over Again" casts a vision of heart-worn highways, and western towns rolling across a dusty car window. This becomes much more intimate on "Baltimore: where the syncopated guitar rhythm unravels a tale of distance and longing. He has the grit and soul of a traveling man, and I love that hie music totally embodies that. I'm digging what I've heard so far, and I'm excited to see what you have in store for the future.

      Jeb White

      Stonecutter Records

      In The Blue" Chosen #28 Best Songs of 2019" - The Americana Music Show. Joe's Record "Switchyard Sessions is a great traveling companion album. If you could only grab one CD out of your stack of CD's, throw it in the car when you're headed out the door, this is a great one to pick up when your traveling on a lonely trip.

        Calvin Powers

        Americana Music Show


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