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in the northern New York bordertown of Watertown just a half hour
from Ontario Canada, Joe Medwick was touched by music at the earliest
of ages. "I swear I remember my mom playing piano when she was
pregnant with me, especially that left hand... that's probably
why I ended up being a drummer."
middle class home on Michigan Avenue was full of music day and
night during his youth. His older brothers and sister filled the
place with the likes of Elvis, The Everly Brothers, Miles Davis,
Hendrix, Bob Dylan and Gordon Lightfoot. His piano playing mom
meanwhile leaned more toward the likes of Count Basie, Duke Ellington
and Nat King Cole mostly on Canadian radio stations. " I loved
everything my mom and brothers and sister liked but I really was
transformed by the voice of Ray Charles. I remember the first
time I heard him, I was maybe 9 or 10, it just killed me...so
much soul, so much emotion."
first band The Baskerville Hounds were a "semi-big deal"
in the summer of '69 on the Gatsby-ish Thousand Island rich folks
summer home circuit as well as the catholic school dance and festival
scene. "As a 14 year old lead singer I saw and learned alot
that summer. Being the 60's it was an education in a lot of the
ways of the world but it also taught me about the music business
and the dynamics and politics of being in a band." Soon
after, Joe started booking local dances and after high school
and college booked concerts and colleges around the northeast
out of Ithaca, New York... Artist management gigs followed as
well as stints in record retail and distribution in Syracuse and
New York City. A 1979 move to California to finish college at
San Francisco State University landed him a job with Tower records
at it's famous Columbus and Bay store, which eventually turned
into a top marketing position with the mega-retailer at it's corporate
office in West Sacramento. After a brief corporate stint at Jose
Menendez's Live Home Video in Southern California, Medwick turned
to free-lance writing for labels like Warner Bros.,Virgin, MCA
and feature writing for the weekly industry-insider Hits! Magazine.
20 plus years of helping his friends sell and market records,
Joe got back to performing in the early '90's with the help of
guitar great and now best mate, former Clapton, Emmylou Harris
guitarist Albert Lee. "Albert's been an extraordinary friend and
his guitar playing speaks for itself...brilliant." Other buddies
like former Neil Young/ Ry Cooder bassman Tim Drummond introduced
him to musical pals like Dylan, Young and J.J. Cale. "Between
Hits! Magazine, my work at the labels and all my friends I've
been lucky to have interviewed or hung with hundreds of my musical
idols. From Ray Charles to Miles Davis, Levon Helm to Ringo Starr,
Joni Mitchell to Jackson Browne...and especially musician's musicians
like Dan Penn, John Hiatt, Booker T. & Steve Cropper, Kate
& Anna McGarrigle, Ron Sexsmith, Earl Palmer, Lonnie Mack
and so many more. It's been like a dream come true, and every
single day I meet someone new that thrills and inspires me".
still hard at work on his first solo LP "Memphis to Montreal",
stay tuned for details. Till then check out the gigs or say hello.
He'd love to see and hear from you.
Medwick "Memphis to Montreal"
Lee "Heartbreak Hill: Songs of Emmylou Harris"
Insley "Good Country Junk"
the Good Times Roll"
Country & Blues"
Evening With Ray Charles"
Bonnie Raitt, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Alison Krauss, Joe Ely, Emmylou
Harris, Ron Sexsmith, Dan Zanes, Loreena McKennitt, Blue Rodeo,
Laura Nyro, The Chieftains, The Neville Brothers, The Black
Crowes, Los Lobos, Bruce Cockburn, Celine Dion, Daniel Lanois,
Dan Penn, Jules Shear, John Hiatt, Herb Alpert, Ringo Starr,
Carly Simon, The Everly Brothers, David Lindley, Albert Lee,
Dwight Yoakam, T-Bone Burnett, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Lee
Hooker, Roy Buchanan, Lonnie Mack, J.J. Cale, plus many more,
including over 100 music executive interview/profiles.
Warner Bros. Records, MCA Records, Virgin Records, A & M Records,
plus many more.
Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Jim Lauderdale (Santa Barbara)
Kate & Anna McGarrigle and family..including Rufus & Martha
Wainwright, Albert Lee, Ron Sexsmith, Joe Medwick, others: ("Save
The River" - Sackets Harbor, N.Y.)
Levon Helm & The Barn Burners, The Jim Weider Band, Albert
Lee, Dave Edmunds, Joe Medwick - ("Sounds & Lights
from the Harbor" - Sackets Harbor, N.Y. 2002)
Plus many more.
has been featured in Rolling Stone Magazine, The New York Times,
The Los Angeles Times, U.S. News & World Report, Billboard Magazine,
Time Magazine, Der Spiegel among others and on MTV, ABC "Good
Morning America", ABC "Nightline", CBS "Evening News", NBC "Today
Show", The BBC, CNN, FNN, WOR, WPIX, PBS, "Entertainment Tonight",
"Showbiz Today", plus many more.