Zero Mile Presents
Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons and Bloodkin
Wed · October 31, 2018
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
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In 2015, Joseph and the Jackmormons went into TRI Studios with Dave Schools and walked out with 20 songs. Those songs became the albums Istanbul/Fog Of War (10/2015) and By The Time Your Rocket Gets to Mars (4/2016). The plan was to release a third album, an EP, with the remaining three finished songs supplemented by couple of new songs that Joseph would write. The plan went sideways.
I rented a tiny house about a mile from my home so I could write but be home for dinner and kid bedtime. I ended up writing a fistful of songs. It was cold early January but a perfect place to write. Weird stuff was happening in general, one of those weeks where I had my copy of Black Star and David Bowie died, Joseph recalls. I tend to do the mad scribble thing when I write.
When after a week of writing, Joseph arrived at Jackpot Studios, Schools was adamant they record all the new songs. They also recorded a couple written in Scotland, Sweet Baba Jay and Late Heavy Bombardment and a few that they've been performing, but had never recorded. The past few years we've been trying to figure out album slots for some of the hundred originals that are part of our live repertoire but have never been recorded, like Wild Wild West which has been around since the late 90s, remarks Joseph. The tiny house songs became the core of Weird Blood.
When I write in a flurry like that, it's hard to see a thread. It feels more like a purge than a considered attempt at art but in the end I seem to get to stuff that I can't get to when I'm thinking too hard.
So here is the recorded during a massive snow storm at Jackpot Studios record. There was a lot of blood, it was pretty weird, I don't even know where that came from, scribbled on something, and turned into a uncomfortable song.
The prolific writer has released more than 30 records and has a catalog of over 250 original songs and counting. Joseph has always stayed busy on the road, not only touring the US but also far-flung, under-explored locales. In the past couple years he has traveled to war-torn regions to bring supplies and teach and share music. In 2015 he brought instruments and volunteered as a music instructor at an underground co-ed rock school in Kabul, Afghanistan. This Spring, he brought guitars and supplies and taught and performed for the residents of a permanent refugee camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
"For me, it was pretty profound. There were these teenage girls learning to play, Syrian Kurds. I wonder sometimes about the power or magic of music, but we certainly attach a lot to it. I think that there are these moments that I've found where music does make a difference. Showing these kids how to play a few guitar chords or teaching them 'Three Little Birds' by Bob Marley and teaching them about empowerment. It doesn't matter if it's clay or dance shoes, no one can take it away from you. They can take the guitar or the paint, but they can't take your creative thinking. A lot of these kids and adults feel isolated and alone, and you go, 'Here [hand them a guitar and a social media account], You're not alone. You're part of something beautiful and bigger.'"
After high school, they started getting a little more serious about their blossoming songwriting partnership. Their road wound through Huntington, WV, and eventually on to Athens, GA, which they soon came to call home. They continued to concentrate on their songwriting, and by the early ‘90s they had a catalogue of over 300 compositions. By this time Hutchens and Carter had given their musical collaboration a "band name": Bloodkin.
People started to notice, and some even started covering some Bloodkin compositions, most notably Widespread Panic, who wound up recording three Bloodkin songs, and who continue to play those and other Bloodkin songs live. Panic's cover of "Can't Get High" peaked at #27 on the Billboard AOR charts. Other songs in Panic's regular rotation are "Makes Sense To Me", "Henry Parsons Died", "End Of The Show", "Who Do You Belong To", and occasionally "Quarter Tank Of Gasoline".
Daniel also wound up playing with ex-Velvet Underground member Moe Tucker in the early-to-mid ‘90s; he played on three of her albums and several of her tours.
In 1994 Bloodkin released their first official CD, GOOD LUCK CHARM. The project was produced by Johnny Sandlin (legendary producer of the Allman Brothers, Eddie Hinton, and so many others). Bloodkin recording projects over the years have also featured producers John Keane (R.E.M, Cowboy Junkies, etc.) and David Barbe (Son Volt, Drive By Truckers, etc.). All the while, the Bloodkin boys have continued to play live all over the Southeast and beyond.
Daniel and Eric have shared the stage with different lineups throughout Bloodkin's history, but the last several years have cemented a familiar band: Daniel on vocal and guitar, Eric on guitar and backing vocal, John Neff on guitar and pedal steel, Jon Mills on bass, and Aaron Phillips on drums.
The CD releases to date are:
GOOD LUCK CHARM, 1994
OUT OF STATE PLATES, 1999
ALL DOLLED UP, 2000 (live)
THE BLOODKIN COMMUNITY GOSPEL REHAB, 2001
RAVIN' BEAUTIES, 2002
LESSER, 2003 (Daniel Hutchens solo)
LAST NIGHT OUT, 2005
LOVESONGS FOR LOSERS, 2006 (Daniel Hutchens solo)
BABY, THEY TOLD US WE WOULD RISE AGAIN, 2009
ONE LONG HUSTLE (5 disc box set) 2013
THE BEAUTIFUL VICIOUS CYCLE OF LIFE 2016 (Daniel Hutchens solo)
215 N. Lumpkin St
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