NEW ALBUM: TRANSGRESSION TRAIL is available at stores across Canada through Scratch Records
Nobody owns Joey Only. He plays by his own rules and works for everything he has. At just 31 years old he's traveled Canada relentlessly as a musician since 1996, playing 700 shows of his own songs since 2001. Prolific as both a songwriter and musical and social activist, Joey Only’s biography reads like a list of immeasurable feats. This year has released his best album “Transgression Trail” with producers Corwin Fox and Steve Loree. The Joey Only Outlaw Band completed extensive tours across Canada to promote this hot new album appearing with Fred Eaglesmith, Buffy St.Marie and the mainstages of numerous festivals. It's destined to be a classic album from a history making band after spending six weeks on Earshots top 10 folk/roots/blues Canada wide radio charts, and two weeks in the #2 spot.
Joey plays a mean solo show but prefers to be seen with his seven piece band called Joey Only Outlaw Band. He’s hosted Sound Resistance on Vancouver's Co-op Radio Station CFRO 102.7FM since 2003. Best known as a songwriter and guitarist Joey also moonlights as a studio musician capable of playing pedal steel guitar, percussion, upright or electric bass, harmonica and all manner of vocal arrangements. The Outlaws play a professional show rarely stopping for breath between songs, their goal is to outplay other bands putting on three hour shows without set breaks that leave crowds in a dancing frenzy.
Joey Only has climbed 80 mountains, is an experienced wilderness guide, has chased tornadoes, been struck by lightning, nearly died of tuberculosis, had vocal surgery, smashed his face, been lost in the barrens, and incarcerated for activism. He was publicly deemed a terrorist by Victoria BC police in this way. He's hitchhiked 50,000km as a youth, played a 1000 shows in different bands, failed out of University, kicked out of seminary, tried to ride a moose and fought an aggressive mother bear. Joey has been a published author on an array of subjects appearing in BC Musician Magazine, MapleLeafs.com and in newspapers across the country. Joey is pro-cannabis advocate, a downtown eastside Vancouver healthcare worker and still thinks the Leafs will win the Cup any day now. He does things that no Canadian musician has ever done and is best compared to a modern version of Woody Guthrie.
by JOELLE MAY - Mod May Promotions
JOEY'S PLAYED EVERY PROVINCE & MAJOR CITY IN CANADA SINCE 2004.
SOME ARTISTS JOEY ONLY'S SHARED STAGE WITH:
Tempest Grace Gale, Anne Feeney, Geoff Berner, Buffy St.Marie, Fred
Eaglesmith, RiotFolk (Evan Greer), The Rebel Spell, Killaloe
Rastaman-Rick Reimer, Washboard Hank, Lance Loree, Steve Coffey, Jason
Burnstick, Leela Gilday, Subhumans, Kinnie Starr, Corwin Fox, CR Avery,
Bunchofuckingoofs, Poser Disposer, Mamaguroove, Wax Mannequin, Chris
Chandler, The Ripcordz, Po'Girl, Flying Folk Army, Leslie Alexander,
Linda McRae (Spirit of The West), David Rovics, Aurora Jane, The
Re-Mains, Mr.Plow, The Creepshow, Brooke Wylie, Kevin Kane (Grapes of
Wrath), Kent McCalister...and lotsa more
SOME GROUPS JOEY ONLY HAS APPEARED IN:
The Persecuted (bass), Notwithstanding AE (bass), Bloodthirst
(e.guitar), Little Miss Higgins (guitar/vox), Smokin 45's (vox),
Cowpuncher (bass), Bob Wayne & The Outlaw Carnies (e.guitar), Rae
Spoon (guitar/vox), Traveler (bass), Church in the Box (bass), The
Arrested (drums), Hot Footed Haints (a.guitar), David Roy Parsons
(everything at one time or another), T.Nile (a.guitar/vox), Knifehammer
(drums/harmonica), Genghis Ghandis (e.guitar), Joel Battle (pedal
steel), Liqourbox (e.guitar/vox), Denis Delorme from Prairie Oyster
"An anarchist sort of Stomping Tom Connors," Bob Nixon, Canada Now, CBC News.
"The voice of the movement," Dr. Heidi Rimke PHD, professor of sociology at the University of Winnipeg
"If you smoke enough pot you will swear you are out riding the range
with Joey Only and his gang of freak outlaws." Chris Walter, punk
fiction writer in Vancouver about the new Joey Only Outlaw Band CD.
"...sounds a bit like a defiantly DIY version of a young Bob Dylan,
this being partly because of Onlys world-weary voice and partly because
of his phrasing," Mike Usinger, Music editor of the Georgia Straight,
"In our humble opinion he might be the next Utah Philips," 16th Annual Under the Volcano programme 2005.
"Rarely have I heard a band with so much musical talent combined with
so much integrity. The Joey Only Outlaw Band have left a huge impact on
me and the rest of the lucky folk who chanced upon them in Kelowna (BC)
this October," Sarah Williard, CIRO Program Director.
"Joey comes from the Marmora area, a place that's only got two names in
the phone book...and Only is one of them," Washboard Hank.
"Joining Washboard Hank is Vancouver's own Joey Only-that is if the pig
magnet doesn't get arrested on the way to the show," Georgia Straight
'Straight Choices" section October 26th, 2006.
"Joey Only a textbook example of effective activism,"title of Edmonton SEE Magazine article in May 2006.
"Joey Only provided a clearcutting tone to help project the bands
messages, whether they were political or an invitation to party. He
also fused his country/bluegrass sound with his advanced skills by
playing very nice solos," Dheni Walsh, Capilano College Courier,
"Craziest band to ever play here," the staff at the Palomino Smokehouse in Calgary
"Best show the Ironwood (Calgary) has seen in a long time," Steve Coffey (of Steve Coffey & the Lokels 2009)
"The OUTLAWS are the real deal! Last thursday at the Rose & Crown in Banff,
3 hours non-stop boot-thumping kung fu country," Kenny Konrad, a Kootenay roots musician.
"I've watched Joey Only evolve over the course of several years. He's
remained true to his values, never lost sight of the injustices we
struggle together to overcome. Joey's a devoted activist for real
change, and an awesome musician too," Janine Bandcroft, CFUV radio
"The Joey Only Outlaw Band love what they do, you can see it in their
faces and the way they communicate with each other on stage...Joey
steers the ride one honkey tonk step at a time and the crowd stomps
their feet with every beat," Jason Pawlett of CITR Radio's Friday
Sunrise and blogs at www.vanmusic.ca.
"Imagine world-class shit-kicker Hank III channelling Bob Dylan circa
"Subterranean Homesick Blues" while riffing on Geoff Mack’s "I’ve Been
Everywhere" . It’s almost enough to make you want to get on a bus,"
Georgia Sraight, Instant Playlist review of the song Greyhoundin Guitar
Man off the Transgression Trail album.
"For many modern musicians, it’s a painstaking process to
establish a niche or an image that will separate them from the
crowd. But for Dr. Joey Only the image was never an effort; it
just was," Lindsay Wilson, Beatroute Magazine, province-wide in
Alberta, July 2010.
"Perhaps the kickinest, boot-thumpinest kung-fu country CD to
come through the station in years, perhaps ever," Scott
McWhinne, The Labour Show on CFRU 93.3FM, Guelph Ontario, July
"For the seven-piece cowpunk band from Vancouver, hitting the
road means getting out there and staying out there for months
on end. This summer sees the group performing almost every day
for the next three months in support of a new album,
Transgression Trail," Mike Angus, VUE Weekly, Edmonton Alberta,
"Joey Only sounded like Hank Williams, Stompin’ Tom Connors,
Bob Dylan and the finalists of an auctioneer’s competition
thrown into a blender full of amphetamines," Richard Amery,
L.A. Beat, Lethbridge Alberta, June 2010.
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