April 17, 2013
Award-winning alt-country singer-songwriter Joe West will debut his ninth CD, Blood Red Velvet, at Vanessie 427 W. Water St. Santa Fe, NM 8:00 PM Friday April 26th.
After an early career in the New York Theater scene, Joe moved to Austin, Texas and formed a group called Joe West & the Sinners. His bizarre Alt- Country band created an immediate buzz, attracted lots of fans and landed a regular spot at Austin’s world famous Continental Club, sharing the stage with such Texas legends as Jon Dee Graham and Wayne “The Train” Hancock. In 1999 Joe’s first self-released CD, Jamie Was a Boozer, was voted “Top Ten Texas Platter” by the Austin Chronicle’s Critic’s Poll and “Top Ten Male Vocalist ” by the Chronicle’s Readers Poll. Joe’s “Jamie Was a Boozer” CD received extensive indie radio play across the country and in Europe. He began to tour the U.S. and Europe, sharing the stage with the likes of Arlo Guthrie, and the Violent Femmes. At the turn of the century, Joe returned to his home town of Santa Fe where he lead several different bands and musical projects most notably THE SANTA FE ALL STARS which was voted “BEST BAND WITH TWANG” 4 years in a row by the SANTA FE REPORTER’S READERS’ POLL. In 2005 Joe’s CD, THE HUMAN CANNONBALL, reached #2 in the EUROPEAN FREEFORM AMERICANA CHARTS.
In 2011, with the help of producer and music guru Arne Bey, Joe created THE SANTA FE REVUE which performed for sell-out crowds and even earned the dubious honor of headlining the 2012 UFO FESTIVAL IN ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO and recently the band performed a special on Public Television.
Joe’s music has been used extensively in film and TV production, most notably the EMMY AWARD winning documentary, SPLIT ESTATE, the feature film CONSPIRACY starring Val Kilmer and most recently, Joe created music for an independent feature, DEATH AND TAXES, by cult movie producer Peter McCarthy (SID AND NANCY, REPO MAN).