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Jerry Joseph is an American singer, songwriter, and guitar player.
Joseph was born on April 23, 1961, and grew up in the San Diego area. He started playing guitar professionally at age 15 while living in New Zealand. After moving to Arcata, California, he formed the rock/reggae band Little Women in early 1982.
Little Women was formed with Brad Rosen, Louis Butts, Jr. on bass, Geoff George on keyboards and originally with Steve James on Guitar. Several guitarists, including Greg Malar, Steve Kimock and Steven James Wright eventually filled the slot.
Little Women's first self-released cassette was Life's Just Bitchin in 1987 and featured Jerry (vocals, guitar), Louis Butts, Jr. (bass), Geoff George (keyboards, vocals), Greg Williams (drums).
That was followed in 1990 with Pretty Wiped Out which was the first release to feature the staple Chainsaw City and had Rosen on Drums, James on Guitar, and also featured David Lindley, Ian McLagen and Steve Kimock.
Little Women released a single for the Wahine Records label in 1992 of Drive b/w Milk. In 1993 the band released Live at New Georges which was recorded in 1992, and contained North, the Jimmy Webb classic Wichita Lineman and consisted of Jerry, Steve James, Greg Williams and Glen Esparza (bass).
In 2006, Jerry's Cosmo Sex School records released Live Radish Head, another 1992 live set.
They eventually signed to Capricorn Records but were ultimately dropped after recording what would become The Welcome Hunters in 1990.
Solo Career and the Jackmormons:
After the breakup of Little women in 1993, Jerry released The Welcome Hunters which was basically a Little Women record with James, Esparza and Gregg Williams on drums. This was the first album to contain the Widespread Panic hit Climb To Safety.
1994 brought the next Jerry solo record, Love and Happiness on Back Door Records which featured an all-new lineup of musicians, including Dave Schools on bass. The record was recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
In 1996, Joseph moved to Utah and formed the band Jackmormons with bassist JR Ruppel, drummer Jim Bone and keyboard player Dave Pellicciaro. Their first album was Butte, Mont. 1879 in 1996, followed by Cotton in 1997. After a few personnel changes the band released Goodlandia and Salt Lake City and then the three-piece lineup of Joseph,Rosen and Ruppel was in place. This lineup would remain for the Jackmormons for more than a decade, including on 2001's Conscious Contact which also included Chuck Leavell (Organ, Piano), Randall Bramblett( Organ, Wurlitzer), Michael Houser (Guitar), Vic Chesnutt (Backing Vocals), John Keane (Pedal Steel), John Neff (Pedal Steel), Todd Nance (Percussion) and David Barbe (Sirens), and 2003's Mouthful of Copper. In 2005, the Jackmormons released Into the Lovely which was the first record to feature Steve Drizos on drums, and included backing vocals from his wife Jenny Conlee of The Decemberists.
In parallel to the Jackmormons' career, Jerry released the solo record Everything Was Beautiful for Ulftone Records in 2000 which featured Ruppel, Rosen, Pete Droge, Ian Moore, Layng Martine III and others. Jerry's first release for Cosmo Sex School records, a label he founded in 2003, was a duet with Danny Dzuik (credited as Dzuiks Küche), called Oil, which also featured David Lindley on the track Any Other Day. In 2004 Cherry was released on Terminus Records. 2006 brought April Nineteenth, recorded at Mississippi studios in Portland and featuring Joseph, Drizos and the return of Steve James. In 2010, the group released Badlandia, recorded in Virginia city, Montana and also featuring Conlee.
The first vinyl release on Cosmo Sex School was a 2012 Jackmormons 7" of Mile High, Mile Deep b/w a cover of Michael Houser's Airplane. In 2012 the JAckmormons released Happy Book, a 2-CD set featuring guest appearances by Conlee, her Decemberists bandmate Chris Funk, Eric Earley (Blitzen Trapper), Dan Eccles (Richmond Fontaine), Ingram, Little Sue Weaver and Paul Brainard.
In 2008, Joseph and Drizos recorded a self-titled album under the moniker The Denmark Veseys. The album, recorded in Athens, GA and released on Cosmo Sex School, features appearances from Barbe, Neff and the Chase Park Transduction Choir. Soon after the pair entered the studio with multi-instrumentalist Bret Mosely to record the Charge EP at Old Soul Studio in Catskill, NY. the album was recorded live-to-tape and was the first album Joseph offered exclusively as an online download of digital tracks.
Joseph and his Stockholm Syndrome bandmate Wally Ingram teamed up for 2010's Civility EP which includes covers of M.I.A.'s Paper Planes and Blitzen Trapper's Furr.
Joseph has recently released Jerry Joseph on October 31, 2013, an album of 11 original songs, many of which are older Jackmormons, Little Women and Stockholm Syndrome songs reworked to fit his current solo acoustic aesthetic.
Joseph began to use the Stockholm Syndrome moniker for a tour of Europe with Danny Dzuik in 2003.
The band later morphed into a 5-piece with Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools, guitarist Eric McFadden, and Ingram. They recorded Holy Happy Hour at the famed Compass Point Studios with producer Terry Manning. The album featured mostly new compositions, along with a cover of the Climax Blues Band's Couldn't Get It Right
Stockholm Syndrome toured in 2004 to support the album, while Schools' primary gig was on hiatus. Stockholm Syndrome reformed in 2010 with Gov't Mule keyboardist Danny Louis replacing Dzuik, and recorded Live at Streetlight Records during a tour stop in California, and also Apollo in 2011.
Joseph is noted for his songwriting and the depth of his "creative, cathartic" lyrics. Widespread Panic has covered seven of Joseph's songs on record, and several others live.
Climb to Safety has appeared on the 'Til the Medicine Takes, Live in the Classic City, Colorado Springs 1998, Wood and Choice Cuts: The Capricorn Years 1991-1999 albums.
His song North (co-written with Woody Harrelson) was featured in the movie The Earth Will Swallow You and later on the studio album Dirty Side Down and archival release Wilmington, DE 2001.
He later co-wrote Second Skin and Time Zones for Earth to America and three compositions for the Free Somehow album, Boom Boom Boom, Flicker, and Dark Day Program.
He also co-authored Yellow Ribbons for Bloodkin with lead singer Daniel Hutchens.