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Joseph Messing and the Wise Men / Press

“The Waking Visions Of Joseph, a 10-track CD from Joseph Messing And The Wisemen, is a revelation. Singer/songwriter Messing, a charismatic frontman, has assembled a tight band to conduct a clinic of alt-country/Americana rock. Seeming inspired by the likes of Buddy Holly and Johnny Cash – given a contemporary spin – the boys can rollick, as on “Rollin’ And Tumblin’,” build slow-burn tension a la “Push Push Push” and “Evil Won’t Do,” and tell epic tales of temptation and redemption like “Blakely Farm.” (josephmessing.com) ”

“Messing, a singer and guitarist, began his musical journey as a singer-songwriter. After performing with several different groups in the Chicago area, he joined with guitarist Antony Ablan, bassist Dan Huber and drummer Ken Thompson to form Joseph Messing and the Wise Men in 2008. They released their first full-length album, “The Waking Visions of Joseph,” in July. All 10 songs on the album were written by Messing. The band begins a two-week tour through the Midwest and South on Sept. 29 in Toledo. Other shows are scheduled in Dayton; Memphis; Austin, Texas; and Dallas. “I’ve been playing in the city of Chicago for 10 years, developing (my career) to the point where it is viable to do this kind of stuff,” Messing said. “Stepping outside your home base is a really big deal for any creative person and I couldn’t be any more excited.” The band features a rootsy sound that blends blues, folk and rock. ”

“ The [Wise Men], completed by Chi-town musos Antony Ablan, Dan Huber and Ken Thompson, plus bluesy rock ’n’ roll, with a heavy dash of folk and country. They describe themselves on Facebook as such. “The Wise Men lean heavily on Joseph Messing’s powerful vocals, a driving rhythm section, and the soaring guitar work of Antony Ablan. The original writing draws from the music that began in Chicago, roots blues and rock and roll, with folk and country in the mix.” City Slang can confirm that Joseph Messing and the Wise Men are well worth looking up on Facebook. If you like what you hear, get yourself over to the Majestic.”