Country Joe was the lead singer and guitarist in the ‘60s psychedelic rock band, Country Joe and the Fish. Through their performances at the Monterey Pop Festival and both the original and the reunion Woodstock Festivals, Country Joe and the Fish road a wave to stardom.
In 1971, the band appeared in a Western film starring Don Johnson; also, in the George Lucas film, “More American Graffiti; and, in the Roger Corman film, “Gas-s-s-s.” Country Joe’s biggest hit was “I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag”, one of the most memorable anti-war songs of all time, which became an anthem of the ‘60s after his solo acoustic performance of it at Woodstock.
Country Joe’s original songs also include lyrical love songs and ballads. With the Fish, Country Joe was billed with such groups as Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Moby Grape, Blue Cheer, Led Zeppelin and Iron Butterfly. For a long time, Country Joe dated Janis Joplin, who also appeared at Woodstock. He released his first record in 1965 and since then has continued his performing career, touring throughout the US and abroad, with over thirty albums and hundreds of original songs to his credit.
About his Guthrie tribute (his Monday night concert) Country Joe says, “It is the idea of a man of the people playing music of the people in his own way - music that the people can relate to, that says what they can't say but what they feel. Woody did this and it enabled others to do it.” Known by the nickname the “Dust Bowl Troubadour,” Guthrie produced songs that defined an era from the mid-1930s to the late 1940s in songs he composed that spoke to the hardships of Depression-era America, Dust Bowl refugees, migrant workers, labor strife, racial inequity, economic justice and war. His best-known song is “This Land Is Your Land.” Country Joe has performed his tribute to Woody Guthrie concert to great acclaim in the US and abroad. His Monday night show in Pagosa occurs just a few days after the centennial of Guthrie’s birth. A DVD of the show will be released this year.
Intoxicating Melodies from Brazil, Spain, Latin America and Africa
Initially drawn to Brazilian music, which he learned to play and sing in Portuguese, Andrew’s other early musical interests were Flamenco, various African styles, and Classical Indian Music. After founding and singing lead vocals in the World Music dance band Compás, he started playing solo as well, initially specializing in Brazilian Bossa Nova and other Latin troubador music in Portuguese and Spanish. In recent years, his songwriting has come to be the thing that gifts him the most in music, with over 60 new original songs being born, many of them now available on one of his five solo CDs. Check out his website
Andrew's unique musical style developed with the rhythms and influences of Brazil, Latin America, Spain, and Africa subtly and almost unconsciously lacing through most of his music. His poetic lyricism, developed through his own unique and unusual life experiences, and also influenced by the Sufi poets Rumi and Hafiz, and Cuban troubadour Silvio Rodriguez, weaves together a startling intimacy and vulnerability with a light-hearted, magical playfullness.
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