Joe has been working ceaselessly in the Boston area over the last 30 years on a steady incline building his career as a singer/songwriter and/or a soloist or band leader.
His Latest accolades consist of two well-received performances, opening up for The Steve Miller Band. He won the "Ohh, Ohh it's Love" Subaru commercial competition where they were looking for a "fresh new sound for 2013" where his voice was heard on radio and television, won two awards from Limelight Magazine "Male vocalist of the year" and "Song of the year" for "We'd Be Lying," which he co-wrote. He and band joined Carole King at an event in N.H. where they played a set and then he performed with King herself, just finished four major commercial spots for a nationwide gym.
Currently Joe's working on original compositions for an album except a piano-based cover of "Stairway to Heaven"
Being a songwriter,as well as an accomplished drummer, piano player, bass player and a producer.
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Cd Release Party Review
Lost in Boston with Joe Merrick
It was raining on June 5th, but inside Rick's Music in Raynham, where Joe Merrick launched his fourth album, Lost in Boston, the sun was shining. With a three-man backup (drums, guitar and bass), Joe, who moved between playing both the acoustic guitar and keyboard, kept the dreary Friday night upbeat with a mix of songs from his new album, a few favorites from previous albums, and some fantastic covers.
He started the evening playing "Just In Case" off of his new album - a song from the point of view of a soldier overseas writing home to his family, just in case he doesn't come home. He played songs he's written for each of his girls (wife Chrisann and daughters Elizabeth and Grace) and covers of songs like Marc Cohen's "Walking in Memphis", Jim Croce's "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and the best cover of Joni Mitchell's "Case of You" that I've heard. (I recently reviewed Warner Brother's 50th Anniversary album Covered, in which the same Joni Mitchell song was covered by Michelle Branch. I liked Joe's version better).
The best thing about the evening, for me, wasn't the food or the company (though I enjoyed both): it was the kind of music Joe Merrick plays. I've heard several of his albums and this is my favorite. While starting out intending to make a country album that ended up much more like a rock album, Joe did something wonderful: he took rock and roll back to its roots. Rock evolved from Jazz and Country music (After all, Elvis and the Beatles took much of their inspiration from artists like James Brown and Chuck Berry, they were some of the artists who really started the movement called rock music), and Joe's album takes you back to that original rock and roll sound. And it's not just great to listen to; it's refreshing. Especially in a world where rock music is sounding significantly less and less like rock music everyday. (Since when is Kelly Clarkson rock music, Kiss 108?).
So even if you weren't with the lucky few of us in Rick's Music, you can still get Lost in Boston with Joe Merrick and rediscover what rock is supposed to sound like.
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