Touring can be a rough life. You spend eight hours a day in a stinking van driving from Minneapolis to Gary, Ind., eating Lunchables at gas stations and bedding in a Days Inn after yelling for four hours through a crappy Shure mic over unstoppable monitor feedback. You don't make much money, and after a few years some promising musicians give it up for health insurance, a "real" job and a family.
Jerry Joseph, however, isn't a quitter. He's part of a graying legion of dudes, including John Eddie and Alejandro Escovedo, who've managed to eke out a living by busting night after night of rock 'n' roll to their cultish audiences in cramped venues across the country. His repertoire sits on a solid foundation of three-chord rock, electric fuzz and no-BS lyrics. Guys like Joseph don't have a lot of hits, but they don't mess around with filler either. Listen to the rural heaviness of 2010's Badlandia, recorded live in Virginia City, as a primer for a Jerry Joseph show. It's a collection of straightforward, crunched-out workingman songs that succinctly represents the kind of sound Joseph conjures with his backing band, the Jackmormons.
Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons and Three Eared Dog play Stage 112 on Thu., March 21, at 9 PM. $10/$8 advance at Rockin Rudy's and online at stageonetwelve.com.