Jo Elless / Blog

FREE 3-song CD sampler Hors D'oeuvres on BANDCAMP!

Includes the Beatles cover "I'm Only Sleeping", the instrumental "A Child is Born" and the original tune "Viola Violin." Check back as more tracks are added to this sampler! Download it for free at: http://joelless.bandcamp.com/album/hors-doeuvres

(If prompted to buy, enter "0.00" + e-mail)

Update + More Tour Dates Added

Hello there, track stars.

So I realize that there hasn't been a new track up in a few weeks. The tour has taken up all of my free time (as well as some of sleeping time) BUT I am upgrading my computer system after labor day SO I will have MUCH BETTER recording & mixing software. You can look forward to more free tracks when I get back from tour in October!

More tour dates were added, so far the west coast schedule is shaping up like this:

9/9 Black Forest, Eugene OR 9/10 A la carts Pavillion, Portland, OR 9/12 Florine's, Seattle, WA 9/14 Luckey's Club, Eugene, OR 9/16 Scottie's Shutters, Brentwood, CA 9/18 Sculpterra Winery, Paso Robles, CA 9/18 The Otter Rock, Morro Bay, CA 9/19 The Airliner, Los Angeles, CA 9/22 Cochise College, Sierra Vista, AZ 9/23 Cochise College, Sierra Vista, AZ 9/25 Shot in the Dark, Tucson, AZ 9/26 Rogue Bar, Scottsdale, AZ 10/1 Meathead's Bar, Las Vegas, NV

So please excuse the mess while I go on tour and rock out along the west coastal areas.

Sept. Tour + Carmen San Diego stole this week's free track

This is how the Sept. West Coast Tour '11 is shaping up... more dates & venues TBA:

9/10 - Portland, OR 9/12 - Eugene, OR 9/14 - San Francisco, CA 9/16 - Brentwood, CA 9/18 - Morro Bay, CA 9/19 - Los Angeles, CA 9/22 - San Diego, CA 9/25 - Tucson, AZ 9/26 - Scottsdale, AZ 9/29 - Las Vegas, NV

Very exciting. Check out more of the details at http://www.joelless.com.

Also, did you notice that I kept saying I was going to post the free track of the week, and then nothing ever came of it? (That really happened... try to stay calm) I apologize for the unseemly delay. Almost all of my time has been taken up by this tour and I still need to mix the recording before it gets posted.


Please forgive me, as I forgive the Yankees.

The track will be up tomorrow night online just in time to start out the week the right way (and then back on schedule next week!)... Thanks for listening to my music, and have a great weekend!

Jo http://www.joelless.com http://joelless.bandcamp.com

Full Album Copley Inbound available FREE for a limited time!

You read right! For a limited time get my spring release Copley Inbound for FREE (available right here in my songs section on ReverbNation) as well as on my bandcamp site: http://joelless.bandcamp.com. This offer will only be here through Monday as part of my free Friday/weekend download exclusives.

Also, new single w/ track art: "Always" download it for free here or at: http://joelless.bandcamp.com/track/always-2

I also want to thank everyone who came out to the Sunset Strip Music Festival at the House of Blues last night! The house was PACKED and the crowd was crazy, I will truly never forget it. Thanks for listening, coming out, and tipping your bar staff. Video + pictures coming soon!

More to follow soon...

3 Jo

"Viola Violin" Unreleased material available for FREE download


Available for download - "Viola Violin" from the new unreleased album available Jan. '12 (get ready for a BUNCH more previews)

Thanks for listening! Check back every week for another free tune!

Get tix for the show at the Sunset Strip Music Festival at the House of Blues VooDoo Lounge THIS THURSDAY August 18, 2011 at 7:00 pm.

Available online & discounted: http://joellesshobssmf.eventbrite.com


-Jo www.joelless.com

A Child is Born FREE download

Just like promised, every Friday: arranged for three baritone saxophones and two alto clarinets, "A Child is Born" by Thad Jones arranged and performed by Jo Elless, and available as a FREE download.


(dedicating this one to my friend Stephanie who just had a sweet little baby girl. Congratulations!)

Check back every Friday for a new, free tune.

Where to find me on the web!

So, basically there are a billion and a half places to find an artist's music online these days. Why the official websites are not the go-to on this cannon, I don't understand-- but I don't understand a ton of things. Why did they cancel Soap without a proper series finale? Why can I find more paying gigs when I type in "justin beiber" than when I type in "saxophone" or "jazz"? How can I get Pauly Shore to stop sending me show notifications on MySpace? These are the things that keep me up at night.


IN ANY EVENT: below are some links to my various domains on the web. I'll just keep updating this as it acquires. Do with it what you will/won't.


YouTube - JoEllessTV ReverbNation - download my tunes for free Jo Elless' Facebook Page jo_elless on Twitter Jo Elless on Myspace BandCamp - download my tunes for free on Ourstage on PureVolume On Last.fm Jo Elless' Vibedeck (purchase tunes + download tunes for free) Jo Elless' Nimbit Music Store

Voting for Indie Pop Song Competition! "Whiskey Martini" in the lead!!


After less than 2 days, "Whiskey Martini" is currently #23 (woohoo!) on OurStage's Indie Pop Song Competition so far for this month! The judging has just started, so if you have some time to check out a few tunes, vote for "Whiskey Martini"... here's how it works:

Click on the link above and it should take you to the judging page (you may be required to register for Ourstage if you are not already signed up-- I know it's a lot to ask to register for a site you may not use again, but if you have some extra time to be a music snob for me, I'd really appreciate it!!) and you should be presented with four bands at the bottom. Listen to each-- for at least 15 seconds-- and then rate them 1-4. Even if you don't get "Whiskey Martini" you are still helping shape the outcome. THANKS!

I didn't know my song was even enrolled in this contest... What a pleasant surprise :D

SUNSET STRIP Music Festival @ the HOB Thurs. 8/18

Opening Thursday, August 18, 7pm at the Sunset Strip Music Festival at the House of Blues VooDoo Lounge: Folk pop instrumentalist & songwriter JO ELLESS kicks off a night of amazing local Los Angeles talent featuring:

John Cody Miriam McKinnon Brad Kirsch & Dr. Folkman THURSDAY AUGUST 18, 2011 HOUSE OF BLUES / VOODOO LOUNGE 8430 W. Sunset Blvd. 6:30 doors / 7:00 performance $10 For TIX: http://joellesshobssmf.eventbrite.com For more information visit: http://www.joelless.com http://www.myspace.com/bradkmusic http://www.myspace.com/drfolkman http://www.johncodyonline.com

I'll See You in Hell, etc. *bonus track* available

This is the first time I'm making this song available on the internet for all to hear. Except for my mother. I don't really want her to hear this one. I have a love affair with expletives. She shies away from using the word "heck."

Anyway, this past week's Friday download is the song "The Edge" from my first album, I'll See You in Hell, etc:


Have a good one and check back next Friday for a new FREE download!

-Jo Elless