JESSE JOICE BAND
Friday, June 14 | 8PM
The percentage of aspiring musicians from suburban cover bands who never step out of the shadows of the local bar’s live music scene is unsurprisingly large. To lift the impossible weight of anonymity nowadays takes more than just big dreams. It takes big talent.
Jesse Joice first picked up a guitar when he was nine years old. After a slew of lessons from family members, local instructors, and the years-long process of honing his crafts—vocals and songwriting, in addition to guitar—he was just fifteen when he first felt the heat of stage lights. After spending five years fronting local cover band Another Alibi, the Tulsa native had his first brush with fame when he appeared on season twelve of American Idol in 2013, making it to the top fifty guys before heading back to Oklahoma to focus on a more self-propelled shot at success.
A year and a half and one trip to Tennessee later, Joice found himself in Nashville under the wing of Jamie Tate, a Grammy and Emmy award-winning recording engineer and producer. Though the country crooner had more taste for blues/rock as a kid, he began writing seriously in 2009 and realized he felt most at home under the influences of Nashville-style songwriters. Now with one boot planted firmly on each side of the fence between rock and country, he credits Gary Morgan, Will Hoge, and Brett James for inspiring him in his first major musical endeavor.
With all the downhome grit expected from a modern country artist, Joice’s smooth gravel voice slides over each chorus just as easily as his guitar solos (worthy of major air-guitar shredding) will impress hardcore rock/country acolytes. The grinding guitars and hip-swaying chorus of his new single “Oklahoma Weather” won’t disappoint fans of Jason Aldean and presents the catch-me-if-you-can type of girl Taylor Swift wishes she could be. “Like I Ain’t From Around Here” reflects his roots—“We could roll down south to Snake Creek/Sit and talk on Cry Baby Bridge”—and is just the tune for small-town kids to blast from the speakers of their jacked-up pickups as they welcome the weekend. Also including anthem-like two-steppers and slowed down odes to his Midwestern roots, his five song EP will be released in 2015 with the hopes of a forthcoming album sometime after. His single “Oklahoma Weather” is available for purchase now on iTunes.