** Away, the debut album from my one-man band project, Joe and the Navarros, is on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify, Apple Music, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio and many more online stores and streaming services! **
This is an ongoing solo project, one where I tackle playing all instruments, vocals, recording, mixing and mastering. The music I've done for a long time but the recording process is new to me, so I'm constantly experimenting and pushing to improve.
For the past couple of years I've focused on cover tunes, some being my favorites and some by request. From "full-band" tracks where I get to jump around and play everything, to single-track "live in the studio" acoustic takes with me, a microphone and an acoustic guitar, I love taking great songs and doing them my way, all the while always trying to be true to the original. It's their song, I'm just taking it for a spin.
From those cover sessions I've captured quite a few doodles that came between takes; it's time to try to make some original music out of them. Maybe a 5-track EP? Maybe more, who knows. Early 2014. I'll keep recording covers during this time. They're fun.
My musical influences range from James Taylor, Vince Gill, Dave Matthews, CSN&Y, and the Beatles to Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, AC/DC, Depeche Mode and U2. I grew up playing in symphonic and marching band, took AP music theory, am a huge fan of Phantom of the Opera and Les Mis, wear Eddie Van Halen striped shoes, and am trying to "get real good" at utilizing the double bass pedal in my drum playing. Sometimes I'll listen to bluegrass, other times I'll listen to electronic trance. And still other times I'll swim around everywhere else between.