“Smokin” Joe Wiseman grew up in rural Newfoundland where music was as much a part of life as eating and sleeping. Kitchen parties were a common form of entertainment before television and other forms of modern technology. The radio was the only medium for electronic music and “Smokin” Joe was exposed to all forms of music in the 50’s from traditional folk songs to blues and country to early rock and roll. All of these genres fall under the broad genre of roots music and it follows that he writes what he grew up loving – roots music!
He has released 3 CD’s; “A Field By The Sea”, “Blue Smoke” and “Life is Good”. He is currently working on songs for 2 additional CD projects; “Bound For Hell” and “Love is the Greatest Thing”. He has gotten rave reviews for songs like Metis Girl, Love of a Hometown Girl, Do the Time, Too White to Sing the Blues, Cheatin Blues, Life is Good, Two Hearts and Prairie Crocus. From fiddles to the Fender Stratocaster, Smokin Joe’s songs blend the traditional and the modern to create songs that have been called “easy to listen to” but containing powerful life messages. Those who like his current thematic evolution in the Roots genre can’t wait for “Bound For Hell” and “Love is the Greatest Thing”.
“Smokin Joe” has put together a team whose first criteria for involvement is that they love music and whose second criteria is that they are good at what they do. From producer-percussionist-engineer Juan Albarran to guitars and mastering by Fab Tranzer to vocal arrangements and engineering by Allister Bradley, this is quite a team. Additional musicians include Jason Roller, Gene Rabbai, Dave Spiers and others. Wiseman has quite a talented group of friends, internationally, and they love to step up to the mark on his songs. His songs have been deemed by The Georgian as “real life gritty, not Nashville pretty!”