Joe Stickley / Press

“Stickley channels a rare sense of selflessness and genuine connection in song. He knows where he’s from, as the imagery of Missouri’s rivers and sycamore trees weave the whole album together in an intimate and amiable conversation about life and love in Midwestern America. As the album closes, it’s just you and Joe again, but something within you has been soothed by the pure sound and profound authenticity found only in masterful folk music.”

Nelda Kerr - Eleven Magazine

“It is a testament to the quality of his songwriting, which is as close to flawless as a young, unknown Missourian is likely to get.”

“Joe Stickley has with each new project and clutch of songs, patiently developed into one of the more underrated of the not-quite elder statesmen of folk/rock/Americana music in St. Louis. Now, with the solo EP, Wasn't It Pretty, Stickley asserts himself as one of the most compelling and artful singer-songwriters in town.”