"JeffCo" is an outstanding second effort and a great indicator of future potential. If you are looking for an honest singer with the blood of the blues man, you can't do much better in 2013.
"Let me start out my thanking The Lumineers for introducing me to the rugged, unpolished stylings of Sawmill Joe. They truly work in a sawmill, and bring to mind the “for the people” aspect that folk music tends to lose track of at times. Sawmill Joe...represents the country-blues musicians of yore. Moving from Maryland to Minnesota before settling down in Denver for the past 5 years, Sawmill Joe’s raspy crooning speaks to many aspects of the American psyche. If Joe’s vocals don’t pull you in, his infectious smile is sure to do so."
"You couldn't make up Joe Cheves unless you thought you were being clever and writing some film in collaboration with the Coen brothers about a folksinger from the first half of the twentieth century...Instead of merely singing about working hard in soul-crushing conditions, Cheves actually knows what it's like. Far from a quaint affectation, this guy's husky voice was earned."
"This debut sounds like a humble beginning for a man with obvious talents." "Sawmill Joe’s story isn’t the only thing that sounds like it came straight out of the Mississippi Delta—the songs on his self-titled album sound like they could have been recorded by Alan Lomax himself. They’re simple, heartfelt, and at times angry or sorrowful. This is the stuff that comes from the roots of the roots; it’s not imitation and it’s not affectation"