JOE GRUSHECKY and Special Guest JOE D’URSO’S ACOUSTIC EXCURSION * SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2020 * UMT Presents “A Light of Day Acoustic Matinee” featuring JOE GRUSHECKY and Special Guest JOE D’URSO’S ACOUSTIC EXCURSION. Join us for an April afternoon of stirring songs and homespun stories by two of the best touring Americana artists in the business! “For almost 40 years publications such as Billboard, Rolling Stone, Village Voice, No Depression and many others have hailed JOE GRUSHECKY as one of rock & roll’s most talented singer-songwriters.” DOORS: 2PM - SHOW: 2:30PM, Tickets: $22.50 adv / $28 dos at THE SAINT.
JOE GRUSHECKY, adopted son of the Asbury Park music scene, Light of Day Foundation board member and WinterFest favorite is the epitome of a blue-collar roots-rock & roll singer, songwriter and guitar player. Born in the coal mining hills surrounding Pittsburgh, Pa., Joe has cut a path of devastatingly honest shows from Pittsburgh to Asbury Park and beyond. In the musical tradition of artists like Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, John Mellencamp, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen, Joe Grushecky has been making American blue-collar rock that draws from classic rock ‘n roll, Memphis soul, folk songs, electric blues plus a dash of punk since the late 1970’s. Recordings such as “Have A Good Time But Get Out Alive”, the classic “American Babylon” (Produced and joined on the subsequent tour by Bruce Springsteen), “East Carson Street”, the stunning “Somewhere East of Eden”, “It’s In My Song”, a very passionate protest anthem “That’s What Makes Us Great” (again in collaboration with Springsteen) and his latest “ More Yesterdays Than Tomorrows" are just a sample of the over 20 recordings that present Joe’s very singular, “down home” take on “living, working, family, politics and loving” in America. “In a better world, Joe Grushecky would live in a mansion down the road from Springsteen....Who do you know who has made back-to-back great albums more than 30 years ago and is doing the same thing now. There's Dylan, Lucinda Williams, Neil Young, Springsteen, maybe a few more. He's on that level.” Joe and his music have certainly stood the test of time.