Don’t be fooled; Joe Con is more than what you think. Even his deceptively simple name is riddled with symbolism. His broad Pop sensibilities and deep rock roots connect the dots between Hip Hop heads, surfers and folkies, while his newest EP, I Choose You, sounds like a collection of amplified lullabies sung by the lovechild of Leonard Cohen and Mos Def. An amalgam of classic rock, blues, hip hop and country, Con calls his music New Americana.
Venice, California is the adoptive home and creative backdrop for the young singer-songwriter. Originally from Nonesuch, Kentucky (just outside Lexington, in the heart of Bourbon and Bluegrass region of the state), Joe’s young life was split between two worlds: the solitary and contemplative life of an only child raised by a devoted single mother in the country, and the relative chaos of being a middle child in a largely dysfunctional step-family with his dad. This back and forth not only prepared him for a life on the road; it made him a stronger person and a multi-dimensional artist. In addition to the ubiquitous presence of Rock n Roll, Con’s informative years were fostered by heavy doses of Hip Hop, the genre which acted as a springboard to his career as a singer songwriter.
Joe cut his teeth and honed his craft in the SF Bay Area before migrating to LA in 2008 to further his career. After opening for Snoop Dogg in 2010, he sought to expand his sound, forming a band called The Real Thing. The past year has been a good one for Joe. Between shows throughout Los Angeles, performing at Lightning in a Bottle and recently completing The Summertime Blues Tour - which hit the funky bars and honkey tonk saloons along the Coast from San Diego to Monterey - Mr. Con found time to complete I Choose You with renowned Pop producer Jimmy Harry (Madonna, Pink, Santana). The six song EP is Con’s most concentrated work to date, showcasing a deft touch with melodic poetry and lasting hooks.
Basking in the glow of sun soaked California fun, the album welcomes its listeners into a bright world filled with the fresh promise of triumph over tragedy, all the while reinventing the blues to the beat of LA. To quote the man himself: “life has not begun yet/ I ain’t even young yet/ and what I am is so much less than what I will become next.”