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Joe Medwick

singer-drummer-writer-promoter
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My Story

BORN IN THE NORTHERN NEW YORK TOWN OF WATERTOWN,

  just minutes from the Eastern Ontario Canadian border, Joe was touched by music at an early age.His 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, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and Gordon Lightfoot. His piano playing mother 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 4 or 5! ” He just knocked me out!

 

  Joe’s 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 a lot 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 legendary 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.

 

  After 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 the late Tim Drummond introduced him to musical pals like Dylan, Young and J.J. Cale.Hoping to get back to his northern roots and be near his friend Levon Helm and other members of The Band, Joe headed back east from Santa Barbara CA to live, work and play near Woodstock, New York. He formed his first Joe Medwick’s Memphis Soul Band there with players like Jim Weider, Connor Kennedy, Scott Sharrard, John Simon, Jake Guralnick,  Bruce Katzand many, many more He became a lifetime member of the Midnight Ramble, Levon’s soon to be “best jam ever” according to Rolling Stone Magazine and enjoyed countless shows at Levon Helm Studios, that literally “saved his life”.(He was almost killed in a car accident on black ice near Millbrook NY that year. )

 

  In 2012 Joe moved to the live music capital of the world in Austin Texas, and though he dearly misses upstate New York, his summer visits to the 1000 islands and trips to Canada and Quebec, Austin treated him very well both musically and healthwise. He performed with Miss Lavelle White, Guy Forsyth and Rosie Flores among many others, and hung with the likes of Texas legends Marcia Ball, Joe Ely, Cindy Cashdollar m Bobby Whitlock and a countless other local artists that he so admires, while enjoying the “healing waters” of Barton Springs 68 degree all natural pool almost as much! Moving back to Northern California 2014 for family reasons, Joe has picked up right where he left off in Austin.​His first record “Memphis To Montreal”, was completed at Johnny Lee Schell’s Ultratone  Studios in Studio City with additional recording with the amazing musician/producers Gary Mallaber and JT Thomas , also legendary musician and friend GARTH HUDSON from the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame giants: THE BAND, members of the BONNIE RAIIT / TAJ MAHAL bands and others.

 

  Moving to the “new” live music capitol of North America Asheville North Carolina (ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE) in 2019, Joe released his latest album ALL MY FRIENDS featuring Lucinda Williams guitar legend DOUG PETTIBONE: Producer, Singer-Songwriter, Composer, Multi-instrumentalist: Chris Rosser from noted world fusion trio Free Planet Radio,and Lizz Wright’s band….and Cajun fiddle legend JOEL SAVOY from The Savoy Family Band and The T Bone Burnett sessions and others. “This album is a huge deal for me, I have had so many friends from all over the world asking when my next album would be out, and I am so thankful that so many will support these tours and this release in the months and years to come...and I can’t wait to thank each and every one of them from the bottom of my heart!”

 

​  “Between Tower Records, my interviews on film and in print, my label work and promo work I’ve been so lucky to have interviewed or hung with hundreds of my musical idols like: Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Levon Helm & Garth Hudson, Ringo Starr, Steve Cropper & Booker T, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Albert Lee, David Lindley, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Taj Mahal, John Lee Hooker, Dan Penn, John Hiatt, Emmylou Harris, Kate & Anna McGarrigle and so many, many more.  It’s been like a dream come true, and every single day I meet someone new that thrills and inspires me”.​  ~Med

 

 

 

Credits

CHARLIE STARR (LP) “ Tough & Tender) Prophesy Records
• Promo Services/ Booking


THE DEAN BROTHERS (LP) “As They Are” Pilgrim Records
• Promo Services / Booking

CORNELIUS BUMPUS (DOOBIE BROTHERS) (LP) “A Clear View” Broad Beach Records

• Promo Services

DWIGHT YOAKAM (EP/LP) “Guitars Cadillacs” LP Oak / Slash Records
• Promo Services

ALBERT LEE (LP/CD) PolyGram Records (re-issue )
• Promo Services

ALBERT LEE CD (CD) “Heartbreak Hill: The Songs Of EmmyLou Harris / Sugar Hill

• A&R/ Concept

MARK INSLEY “Good Country Junk” / Country Town Records

• A&R

LONNIE MACK (LP)“Strike Like Lightning” with Stevie Ray Vaughan / Alligator Records

• Promo Services

DAVID LINDLEY (Import LP) “Mr. Dave” / Warner International
• Promo Services

LEVON HELM (CD/LP)“Dirt Farmer” / Vanguard Records
• Promo Services

PAUL BARRERE (LITTLE FEAT) (LP)“On My Own Two Feet” Mirage/ Atlantic Records

• Promo Services

NRBQ (LP) “Grooves In Orbit” / Bearsville Records
• Promo Services

BAP KENNEDY (CD)“The Big Picture” Loose/ Lonely Street Records
• Promo Services

VALERIE CARTER “The Way It Is” CD Pony Canyon
• Promo Services

JOE MEDWICK (CD) “Memphis To Montreal” / Monkey Butt Music Artist

JOE MEDWICK (CD) “All My Friends” / Monkey Butt Music Artist

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL (Video/Film) ISLAND VISUAL ARTS/ PBS/


DELIAH FILMS WRITER, RESEARCHER, INTERVIEWER, COMPILATION DIRECTOR, EDITING...

CREAM “Strange Brew” (Video/ Film) A*VISION/ DELILAH FILMS
WRITER, RESEARCHER, INTERVIEWER

RAY CHARLES “An Evening With” (Video/ Film) A*VISION/ DELIAH FILMS WRITER, RESEARCHER, INTERVIEWER

JAMES BROWN “Influences” (Film) HBO/ DELIAH FILMS
WRITER, RESEARCHER, INTERVIEWER

RHYTHM COUNTRY & BLUES (Video/ Film/ CD) MCA/DELIAH FILMS
WRITER, RESEARCHER, INTERVIEWER


OLD WORLD LULLABIES (VIDEO/FILM) BMG KIDZ/ RINCON/ VALENCE FILMS
PRODUCER/ WRITER

Gimme a shout, would love to say Hey!

Joe Medwick

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