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Jeffrey Joe / Press

"Jeffrey Joe would most readily be described as a balladeer, favoring the gems of the Great American Songbook. At any of his performances you’re likely to hear the songs of Hank Williams, Rodgers and Hart, Marty Robbins, and Cole Porter. He sings the hits of Broadway as well as the musical favorites that have spilled out of all the juke joints and honkytonks of this country’s back roads and byways. A tenor, Morin never seems to put much effort into singing. The lyrics and melody seem to flow from him very easily. Surprisingly, even when he doesn’t have a microphone and his guitar isn’t amplified, as it is for some house concerts and smaller performance venues, both his voice and guitar have a great deal of presence and fill a room without any trouble."

Paul Hormick - San Diego Troubadour

"Jeffrey Joe Morin claims he doesn’t write much, but the half dozen songs I’ve heard of his rank up there with Randy Newman, Lyle Lovett and the Tin Pan Alley masters I’ve always admired. His voice is divine, his delivery is impeccable, and he’s one of those guitarists that make grotesque fingering positions look graceful and effortless. Gregory Page lists Jeffrey Joe as his favorite and the best San Diego songwriter ever. Luckily for us, he’s finishing his debut album, produced by Steph Johnson, this Spring."

Lafe Dutton - San Diego Troubadour

"I used to be my favorite songwriter, until I heard the songs of Jeffrey Joe Morin. He is a true American treasure; the moment you hear him sing his songs you feel like you have discovered a secret. He is a rare bird in a world of fly-by-night one-hit youngsters who could learn plenty from his ability to share his immense heart with those who have the wisdom to listen closely. Our grandparents were alive in the time when Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, and Noel Coward were creating timeless musical history. How lucky are you and I to be alive in the time of Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, and Jeffrey Joe. Mr. Morin’s soulful harmonica playing is poetic, his guitar style is simple yet complex, and his voice is as honest and heartbreaking as they come. But it’s his lyrics that truly cut deep; they make you laugh, weep, and wonder. He is and will always be my favorite living songwriter on this planet and beyond."

Gregory Page - San Diego Troubadour

"Big Ol' Heart, the debut album from Jeffrey Joe is a dreamy love letter to the Great American Songbook. Six original numbers commingle with six classic standards, from Hoagy Carmichael to Hank Williams, as if at a neighborly barbecue in the Tower of Song. The arrangements are consistently understated: half the tunes find us alone with the talented Jeffrey Joe, his guitar, his harmonica, and his voice. The other half are tasteful trios and quartets with co-producer Leo Dombecki accompanying on piano, bass, and sometimes saxophone... But Big Ol’ Heart seems to me to be somewhat more than the sum of these parts. It is animated by a personality: lovesick, a little bit sardonic, by turns humble and worldly wise. The listener feels wooed by a kind soul. Is this just ribbon mics and reverb? Is Jeffrey Joe really such a sweetheart as all that? " -

Beston Barnett - San Diego Troubadour