"This CD follows on from his 2006 release ‘Tote Bag’, and is a mixture of various genres, encompassing indie rock, blues, country, folk and classic Americana. What runs throughout is a sense of humour and some clever lyric writing. There are fifteen tracks on the CD, which, rather quaintly has been split into a Side One and Side Two. Of these, I personally found that the Side One tracks were very good throughout, and although Side Two has a few tracks that are throwaway, when it does shine, it is excellent." (8 out of 10 stars)
"By time the album finishes with 'Breakfast with The Loudbeaks', one feels as though one has been on a real journey, filled with excitement and relaxation in equal measure. 'Bushnell’s Turtle' is one of the few albums which held my attention all the way through the first listen – quite simply, I loved it. Great musicians, great lyrics, great album."
"Joe Fahey has been heading up Minneapolis band Carp 18 for well over a decade now, but second solo album Bushnell's Turtle (***) ROUGH FISH is an eclectic grab-bag of folk, country and rickety old blues. It's very droll in places, most notably on "I Could Not Steal Her Heart (So I Stole Her Car)", though he really excels on the barn-bothering "Resolution"."
"There’s a large slice of bar room humour here with ‘I Could Not Steal her Heart (So I Stole her Car Instead)’ having had some radio time and ‘The Art of Happiness Blues (even the Dalais Lama wants to Kick your Ass)’ being a bit of a riot. ‘Clouds’ is trippy and vaguely political and a Rolling Stones/Kinks feel runs freely throughout it all."
“Joe Fahey is a guitarist, singer and songwriter from Minneapolis, Minnesota who has lost his heart to the simple rock music as we know from musicians like Billy Bragg, Nick Lowe or Ray Davies and The Kinks. He has compiled vibrant, cheerful and uncomplicated rock songs on "Bushnell's Turtle”. Like the above-mentioned artists as reference, he places a few ballads subtly between these rock songs, providing appropriate song variation and subtley in genres he’s very well at home with. Standouts are the opening track "Sunday Painter's Sunday", the melancholy ballad "Are There Clouds?", the previously mentioned "The Full Moon Last Night", the punk rocking, but very funny "The Art Of Happiness Blues (Even The Dalai Lama Wants to Kick Your Ass) "and the acoustic ballad" Your Tell-Tale Heart. " With a sound that strongly reflects the music of the Golden 60’s, "Bushnell's Turtle" is a very great album overflowing with catchy, catchy and highly enjoyable pop and rock songs. Knap! C”
“... Welcome to reality. You don't give up, you don't give in, you do what you have to and you write about it. Here comes Joe. Strumming and chiming, working snatches of melody and lightly held feedback into tunes that drop into bridges that add a bit of oomph to the folky ker chugga chugga that pulls the music out of rootsy stuff I was alluding to above, even as it hits the same emotional chord. The fella has a good grip on convention without bowing to tradition. If you can spin Lou Reed, James McMurtry, The mid-period Kinks, solo Paul Westerberg, Willie Nelson, Towns Van Zant, or heck, Robin Hitchcock, you can roll this one.”
“LUKE TORN, POP CULTURE PRESS (AUSTIN, TX) — Longtime Minneapolis music vet Joe Fahey hits a groove of offhand, free-spirited life-is-art wonder on Tote Bag, his first ever solo venture, following a decade leading the band Carp 18. Veering from nicely catchy guitar rockers ("Final Destination (Part XLV)") to wispy, wistful folk/pop ("Are You Here to Dance?") to "Early Bird" a jangly Tote Bag Highlight, Fahey infuses his friendly, prepossessing songs with witty humor and slice-of-life observation aplenty. Good, low-key guitar pop fun.”
“Joe Fahey’s vocal possesses the same awkward lilt as Paul Westerberg’s, though it’s a noticeably gentler voice - which brings us round to Fahey’s Tote Bag. Far more experimental that his band’s recordings, and an indication that Fahey’s record collection is both large and varied. So, we get bits of the Beatles, Bright Eyes, Syd Barratt and the Flaming Lips, and a sound that’s both psychedelic and sparse - which results in mood hops from trippy to forlorn. It’s maybe a little too eclectic for a truly satisfying listen, though it’s not without its moments. Personally, I like it best when it’s spacey and abstract, with ‘Porta One’ my out and out favourite track.”
“A sometime member of Carp 18, Fahey released this solo debut on Halloween 2006 so technically it shouldn’t be reviewed here as its outside our criteria of not reviewing albums that are more than six months old. But it arrived on my doorstep over a month ago so let’s not be too pedantic. So was the wait worth it? Not really. ‘Porta One’, ‘Are You Here To Dance?’ and ‘Doesn’t It Break Your Heart?’ all lean toward a time when the Vietnam War was underway and it instigated the various demonstrations and rallies to search for peace and harmonisation which Fahey took part in. But the rest of this album is a mish mash of psychedelic sounds and seemingly random sounds. Marred with early Pink Floyd influences during the Syd Barrett era and The Beatles during their Sergeant Pepper period, it drifts all over the place and when the dog starts barking then it’s definitely time to reach for the off button. "Animals" it definitely ain’t. For stoned ageing hippies onl”