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Rundown -1st Annual Fairly Folk Festival Oct.26

The guys at Blue Island Beer Company asked me to put together a day of music. Al said “I want you to put together a “Fairly Folk Festival” with the songwriters you feature on the podcast and some bands.” So here is the rundown.

There will be 14 acts on two stages. Running simultaneously starting at 3pm. Below is a complete rundown with times and links to the artist music. Kids are ok with an adult, pets ok as long as they are leashed.

Taco Truck On Site

indoor event

$10

Taproom Stage

10:00pm Ragged Timbers – Roots Instrumentalist from Michigan

9:15pm Jimbo Delta – Americana Slide Master

8:30pm  Ryan Walsh – Young Turk Singer Songwriter

7:45pm  Rich Krueger – 2018 Kerrville Folk Festival Winner

7:00pm B.C. Carter – South Side Workingman’s Songwriter

6:15pm Becky Levi – Chicago’s Best Kept Secret

5:30pm  Meg Meredith – 14 Year Old Singer Songwriter

4:45pm  Danny Glikis – Southside Singer Songwriter (Juke Shakers)

4:00pm Justin Howl (National Touring Bluesman)

3:00pm David H. O’Leary (Americana)

Wayback Stage

10:00pm Grit n Gravel – South Side Super Group

9:00pm Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders (Americanafest – Best Honkytonk Band Nominee)

8:00pm Erin Edmister & Three Tons (Powerful Southern Tinged Original Band)

7:00pm Joe Rian & The A.M. Drinkers (Midwestern Roots Music Makers)

 

 

Just Posted Episode 3 – The Chicago Songwriter Podcast – Michael McVady

My little interview with Chicago Singer – Songwriter Michael McVady. Hope you enjoy. Smooth, contemporary songwriting with the hint of a good 70’s cognac.

We talk about songs, recording on the the lake Michigan beaches and open fire hydrants in the hot Chicago Summer.

Our next live taping will be Wed. September 18th at Blue Island Beer Company 6-9pm. I will be interviewing Becky Levi Andy Seagram and Erin Edmister. Free, Kids Ok.

https://joerian.com/?page_id=2372

End of Summer Shows and Podcast Schedule

Hi All,

Just a quick update on the next couple months of show and podcast schedule.

Hope to see YOU out there!

Aug 7 – Reggies Music Joint, Chicago 9pm (BAND)

Aug 21 -Chicago Songwriter Podcast, Live Taping, BIBCO 6-10 (Brian Carter / Rob Fishbeck)

Aug 23- Firewater Saloon, Mt Greenwood (BAND)

Aug 24 – Chesty P’s PoloIL (BAND)

Aug 28 – Montrose Saloon 8pm (TRIO)

Aug 30 – Outaspace, Berwyn 8pm (TIO)

Sept 13 – Law Office Pub, Yorkville 7pm (BAND or TRIO)

Sept 18 – Chicago Songwriter Podcast, Live Taping, BIBCO 6-10 (Becki Levi, Erin Edmister,  Andy Seagram)

Sept 21 – Bernice’s Tavern, Chicago 10pm – 1am (BAND)

Oct 10 – Fitzgerald’s, Berwyn 10pm (BAND)

Oct 12 – Star Union Spirits, Peru IL (TRIO)

Oct 16 – Chicago Songwriter Podcast, Live Taping, BIBCO 6-10 (Justin Howl , Danny Gilikis)

Oct 26 – Fairly Folk Festival BIBCO (BAND) +jim Solo

Nov 20 – Chicago Songwriter Podcast, Live Taping, BIBCO 6-10 (Richard Prizdia, tba)

Dec 18 – Chicago Songwriter Podcast, Live Taping, BIBCO 6-10 (TBA)

Do you like ukulele teenage singing sensations? Recording a record at the beach?

Rich Krueger – First guest on Podcast – Live Taping

First Filming of Podcast May 15th
For better or worse I am.statting to record a new podcast series and recording it front of a live audience.
Each month I interview one of my favorite writers from the Midwest. We dive deep into their writing process, listen to some songs, ask a bunch of questions and maybe even drink a beer. we even take some questions from the persons in attendance and via live stream.
The show will be recorded in front of a live audience & the final recorded and edited podcast show will later be released on Podbean + YouTube.
The Midwest has a vibrant songwriting and music scene…but not many folks are really talking about it. I hope to change that each  a little bit each month.
My first guest is the WINNER of the 2018 Kerville Folk Festival.
RICH KRUEGER !!!
The first show is Wednesday May15th at 7pm.
 Blue Island Beer Company
My first guest is the winner of the 2018 Kerville Folk Festival.
RICH KRUEGER
{This grand daddy of all folk festivals happens every year in Kerville Texas. Three solid weeks of camping and songwriting. When you win this …well it means your shit is on another level}
The first show is Wednesday May15th at 7pm.
 – FREE –
This is seated, listening event!

Baltimore on Spotify | Tom Cruise Football Movies | Raising Money For Cancer | Smelly Rental Cars

In 2012 I was working for a salon furniture manufacturer in Chicago. This particular company was a small mom and pop place that used to be a big thing back in the day.  The owner had taken his father’s company to the next level by building a large distributorship across the country. He would regularly service the accounts visiting each account twice a year. In 2012 the owner was now in his 70’s and he had long since forgotten about his distributor network, instead concentrating on large, profitable corporate deals. Building 10 or 20 stores at a time for Fantastic Sams or a giant beauty school chain became more important than than the small orders from the mom and pop distributors.

I joined him in 2010 after the big recession. In fact I had concentrated on only playing music and odd jobs from 2006-20011. I was broke and the recession just killed me. My now wife and I toured the summer of 2009 in support of my second record “Should It End”.  I guess in some ways it did. I was turned off. The internet was changing everything. It seemed people suddenly would only buy a t shirt and let the hard copy of your music sit on the merch table. I retreated into the garage to work on vintage motorcycles and picked up a design job with this salon furniture manufacturer. After a year or so i was starting to get my feet back financially. I asked my wife to marry, we bought a house and very soon after a child was being formed.

It was this time while being out on the road visiting distributors and designing furniture when I wrote this song called Baltimore. I had been on the road for a good week. I traveled up and down West Virginia coal country, through Pennsylvania,  Buffalo, Cleveland, and somehow ended up at the Baltimore airport with a half a day left after returning a very stinky rental car.

I didn’t mind getting out on the road every month for this company. Hell, it was kind of like being on tour. but instead of playing to 10 people in LA or 1 person at the Women’s bookstore in Portland (yes the same on that was in Portlandia all the time); I was on the road, getting paid and seeing one or two people at a distributor and being told “what happened to you guys..it’s been years”.  Well the later part was fairly lame but the driving on the road was great.

I had recently watched All The Right Moves at a hotel room. You know – the Tom cruise movie where his dad and brother worked at the steel mill and he got kicked off the team – and blew his chance at the big scholarship. Craig T Nelson was so mean!!!

This got me wondering where it was shot at…which got me wondering about a lot of things I guess. You see I grew up in a steel and farming town much like that movie. I had also flunked out of college. I did get a little scholarship to  play some ball, but that sucked. About the only thing I like do do was art. . All of this reminiscing made me want my guitar. The next day I went to the town were that was movie was filmed and I picked up a little travel guitar to bang around on.  I can remember my dad coming home from the steel mill, I could remember the angst of being that age. I hadn’t been writing any songs anymore. I had kind of given up on the music. It had beat me. So this job at least gave us some money and I did still get to travel a bit. I didn’t even have to worry about gas money to get to the next gig!

Drive and drive, stop and talk, drive and drive, stop and talk, drive and drive, get hotel. Think about that movie. Think about the 80’s and how vibrant the middle class here in the rust belt used to be. Sad state these days indeed. but that’s a whole nother story..right.

After a week of this I found myself sitting under the escalator at the Baltimore Airport. Drinking beer and fingerpicking away. The only place you could really hear this little guitar was in small spaces and the space under the escalator by the glass windows was pretty nice. There was also a bar…so that was nice as well.

Drink a beer, have a smoke, play guitar, wash and rinse ’till the boarding time.

My wife was pretty darn pregnant,  I was a little homesick. very tired and  was wondering if we’d have a girl or a boy. The line in the song “tuck the baby girl in tight” was my gut feeling knowing that when I got home soon I’d have a little girl to tuck into bed. I remember trying to play this song for my wife when I got back home. She got kinda teary eyed and so did I. Sometimes it’s just nice to be home!

You can listen to Baltimore on any of the digital streaming channels as of today! March 15th.

I am going to donate $2 for each person that follows me on Spotify for the month of March, April and May. Giving the money raised to the American Cancer Society. Two of my good friends right now are doing rounds of chemo as I type. Maybe something like this would be a neat incentive. Life is short so it’s best to make the most of it.

You can listen to Baltimore and follow on Spotify – just click this link!

See you out there!

joe

P.S. ….If you like the behind the song type of stories like this…sign up for my “album experience” on the form below.  I break down the story on each song of the new record.  Kind of like you read here. It’s FREE and comes to your mailbox each Tuesday. 

New: Releases, Show Dates & Radio Programs

Howdy, winter’s almost gone and I’m almost back.

Finally on the mend and starting to almost feel myself after this spinal disc fusion surgery thing.  Long story short – it worked great and by the end of March I can probably start to carry my own amplifier again. Back to work in a week or so and back to a normal grind.

Speaking of backs…The band has had a few rehearsals and we will be back out playing shows again in March. We also have back to back shows at Bernice’s the 22nd and 23rd. then back to Honky Tonk BBQ for a Switchyard Sessions CD Release…See how I did that.  All shows are FREE.

Sat March 9th -Blue Island Beer Co.
(W/ Jimbo Delta)

Friday March 22nd Bernice’s Tavern
(w/ Otto and the Moaners)

Saturday March 23nd Bernice’s Tavern
(w/Otto and the Moaners)

Saturday April 13th Honky Tonk BBQ
(Switchyard Sessions Album Release)

Switchyard Sessions Release Schedule – All streaming platforms. If you are a Spotify User can you Pretty Pretty Please “Hyper-Follow” the on Spotify- Just Click link for each. This really helps prime the  Spotify Algorithm and helps the song get out of the gates so to speak. It would be a great help if I can get a few clicks.

Single- BALTIMORE March 15th (automatically saves to your playlist)
https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/joerian/baltimore (visit) “Hyper-Follow”

Single- PRAY – April 26th (automatically saves to your playlist)
https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/joerian/pray (visit) “Hyper-Follow”

Switchyard Sessions Album is being released May 23 (automatically saves to your playlist)
https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/joerian/switchyard-sessions (visit)”Hyper-Follow” 

Since the new record is coming out I have had some Roots – Folk Radio Programs coming on board to play it.  BIg thanks to the following program directors and Host DJs.

Kevin Yavit and John Whitsell –KBAC-FM
Ron Cooke -KTAL 101.5 FM
Michael Stock -WLRN Radio
John Sillberg – CKOL 93.7FM
Dan Murphy –
The Acoustic Outpost
David Sears – WBGU-FM
Gaye Auxier
– WDBX 91.1FM
Don Jacobson – KBOO 90.7FM
Susan Hansen – 
 WHUS 91.7fm
Len Holton –
KUAR
Rich Warren
– 98.7 WFMT
Artie Martello – WIOX 91.3FM

Mara Obrien – KXCJ-LP, 105.7fm
Joltin Joe Pszonek
– Blues and Roots Radio.com

As some of you know I have switched my email list. Soon I will be releasing an “Album Experience” component. Links to each song from the record complete with an “inside The Song” interview, lyrics, studio cut, download mp3 and some duo performances with myself and Jimbo Delta.

It’s free – sign up below or click here. FREE + FUN

 

AM DRINKERS + BBQ AT BIBCO AFTER BLUE ISLAND LIGHT PARADE

Hi All,

Here is a quick rundown about the show Saturday Dec 1. If you have children this may be a win win situation with a good ol’ music show and bbq at the end. Looks like there is a tree lighting and santa thing happening before hand a few blocks away. There will be BBQ being served at the Blue Island Beer Company taproom. Come grab some BBQ from Blue Island BBQ, have a Beer and listen to some tunes. This is a full band show. Playing 7pm to 10pm. No guarantees that Jesus will show for this one but I did get a picture of the last time we hang out. He usually goes back to Baby Jesus mode after Halloween.

If you are interested in the parade and santa stuff here is the info from the City’s website: “Plans are underway for a fun-filled, family friendly day to kick off the Holiday Season. The highlight of the day will be the Blue Island Light Parade that will take place on Saturday, December 1st at 5:30 pm. It will begin at Western Ave. and Prairie, go south to New Street.

Join Mayor Vargas at MetroSouth Park following the Parade to light the Christmas Trees in the park. Then bring the kids over to the Santa House at High and Western to take their picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus, bring your phone or camera (from 6:30 pm until 9 pm).

Earlier in the day, the Blue Island Public Library will be showing Christmas movies from 1 pm to 4 pm. There will also be a Kringle Mart under the tents in the parking lot located at High and Western from 2 pm to 9 pm. Free train rides, Kiddie Carousel and Ferris Wheel rides are also available for the kids from 2 pm to 6 pm while you shop!

Your can do a little Christmas shopping or get something to eat at the annual Business Open Houses up and down Western Ave and Olde Western Ave. There will also be free horse-drawn wagon rides down Greenwood from 6:30 pm to 9 pm. Pick up is by the Kringle Mart at High and Western. The Blue Island Public Library will have their annual Open House, lighting their tree and serving refreshments following the parade as well.”

AM DRINKERS – BLACK FRIDAY AT HONKY TONK BBQ

Join the AM Drinkers as we run three sets at the one and only Honky Tonk BBQ in Pilsen. If you haven’t seen our show for a while, we’ve added few new originals and a handful of covers.

Honky Tonk BBQ is home to some of the best BBQ and Musicians in the city. We go on at 9pm. This is a great little joint on Racine and 18th in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. Jim and myself haven’t played there since the small room days. So neat to see Beth and Willie’s business doing so well and have so many great reviews. Good people to say the least.

We will be following the Blue Three at 9:00pm

The Blue Three. 6pm – 8:30

​​A Chicago-based trio specializing in the forgotten small group styles of the 1920s. ​​The Blue Three is a Chicago-based trio comprised of banjoist and guitarist John Donatowicz, pianist Andy Schumm and clarinetist John Otto.

The group’s unique performances of early jazz classics and pop songs from the 1910s, ’20s and ‘30s are suitable for listening and dancing alike. Their style is characterized by a distinct, original approach to Chicago jazz and dance music traditions.

More information at http://www.honkytonkbbqchicago.com/

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