[Vision2020] Most Famous Musician From Each State

Ted Moffett starbliss at gmail.com
Thu Sep 21 20:31:32 PDT 2017

Famous does not necessarily equate with composers or musicians who are
deserving of the fame while others are on the margins.  Not that I am
saying anything to downgrade Josh Ritter, but what about Rosalie Sorrels,
Gary Peacock, and Doug Marsh of Built to Spill, who unless he left this
band, will be playing live in Moscow at the Modest Music Fest Oct. 7-8.

Consider Joel Foy, who attended Moscow High (Moscow Bears Class of 1970
Joel Foy:  https://old-friends.co/class.php?s=23185&c=1970 ) and is one of
the best guitarists I have ever heard live.  He was one of the most humble
mild mannered people, which was remarkable considering he could have had an
ego the size of a red giant star given how good a musician.  I am puzzled
there is not more about him on the Internet, live performances on
YouTube, albums for sale, etc.   What I also wonder about:  if Joel has
played in Moscow in recent decades?  If so, I missed it.  He may have left
Moscow behind for good.

Info below about this genuine guitar monster, who it appears has a Facebook
page.  I hate Facebook, but this might inspire me to acquire an account
just to say hi to Joel.

A live performance by Joel Foy on YouTube. The audio quality is poor, but
hey, its JJs Blues Bar, Ft. Worth!

Info on Joel Foy below.  Some of this history I know to be true, but most I
am not sure of...


In a career spanning nearly 40 years, guitarist Joel Foy has followed a
lifelong musical path that started at age nine when he began playing
trumpet in his school band. By the age of fourteen, he’d added guitar and
trombone to his musical roster as the British Music invasion began
dominating the pop music industry. While friends bought electric guitars
and formed bands of their own, he began teaching himself guitar on an old
Regal his father owned. While still playing trumpet in his Junior High
School band, he went to see the then new film release In the Heat of the
Night, not realizing that Quincy Jones had written and Ray Charles
performed the soundtrack to the movie. The sultry gospel and soul sounds
made an impression that has never left him. Within a year he was playing
guitar with a variety of bands in the Pacific Northwest, working small
clubs and school parties. He began playing guitar professionally at age
sixteen, and has toured throughout much of the world in the years since,
working in a variety of settings from Soul and R&B, to West Coast Jump,
Chicago Blues, and solo Pre-War Piedmont, Texas, and Delta Blues. Early
gigs included stints with West Coast piano legend Floyd Dixon, and Pacific
Northwest Soul belter and harp man Curtis Salgado, a collaboration that
lasted three years. Since those early days, his tastes and influences have
grown to include countless blues, jazz, and roots artists from Blind Blake
to Buddy Guy, Cornell Dupree, Hank Williams, Charlie Christian and Bill
Jennings. In 1985, he moved to Southern California and began a two-year
association with the late West Coast harmonica legend William Clarke. He
played on Clarke's W.C. Handy Award nominated Tip of the Top and Rockin'
the Boat albums. From 1987 to 1988 he held down the guitar spot in
Screamin' Jay Hawkins' Chicken-hawks band, touring extensively in Northern
Europe and recording a live CD, Live and Crazy in Paris in the summer of
1988. Upon his return from the 1988 Screamin' Jay Hawkins European tour,
Joel commenced a four year association with the James Harman Band, during
which time the critically acclaimed 1991 CD Do Not Disturb was recorded and
released on Black Top. The raucous I Declare from this CD was singled out
for inclusion on the Black Top release Blues Guitar Spotlight. During his
many years of club and festival dates both here and abroad, Joel Foy, who
now resides in Dallas, Texas, has worked and shared the stage with a
variety of artists including former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor,
Floyd Dixon, Luther Tucker, Smokey Wilson, Lowell Fulson, Kim Wilson, Duke
Robillard, “Barrelhouse Chuck” Goering, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Dyer,
Boz Scaggs, Papa John Creach, Rod Piazza, Christian Dozzler, Buddy Ace,
Mark Hummel, Billy Sheets, Mitch Woods, Lazy Lester, Ronnie Earl, Charley
Baty, Rick Estrin, Mitch Kashmar, John Hammond Jr., Dave Meyers, Champion
Jack Dupree, and Duke Jethro, among others. In 2006 Chicago blues piano ace
“Barrelhouse” Chuck Goering called on Joel to join him and Fabulous
Thunderbirds front man Kim Wilson in the recording of his critically
acclaimed Got My Eyes on You CD on The Sirens label. He returned to Chicago
later that year to perform with Chuck at the 2006 Chicago Blues Festival
and has since traveled to Bellinzona Italy for a appearance in July of 2010
with West Coast harmonica ace San Pedro Slim at the prestigious Piazza
Blues Festival, recipient of The Blues Foundation’s 2010 Keeping The Blues
Alive award. Since his arrival in Dallas in 2004, Joel has appeared in
venues all over the metroplex both as a soloist, with his bands the Blue
Royals and The Zydeco Royals and as the featured guitarist with
internationally recognized piano man Christian Dozzler
www.christiandozzler.com in his Christian Dozzler Trio. He’s regarded as
one of the top traditional acoustic finger style guitarists in Dallas and
also enjoys an international reputation as one of the top performers of
electric blues today. He maintains a busy schedule of entertaining and
teaching and produced and hosted for three years running the Robert Johnson
Dallas Sessions Guitar Festival, a multi-media show and competition held in
Dallas to commemorate the 1937 Dallas recording sessions of the legendary
delta bluesman. His solo show is based on a rich musical heritage of
classic Americana from ragtime to rock & roll that includes everyone from
Hank Williams and Charlie Rich to Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry.
Vision2020 Post: Ted Moffett

On Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 7:34 AM, Tom Hansen <thansen at moscow.com> wrote:

> My most favoritest song about Idaho . . .
> *"Idaho"* by Josh Ritter
> http://www.tomandrodna.com/Songs/Idaho_Josh_Ritter.mp3
> Sing along . . .
> "All that love all those mistakes
> What else can a poor man make?
> So I gave up a life of crime
> I gave it to a friend of mine
> Something else was on my mind
> The only ghost I'm haunted by
> I hear her howling down below
> Idaho oh Idaho
> Wolves oh wolves oh can't you see?
> Ain't no wolf can sing like me
> And if it could then I suppose
> He belongs in Idaho
> Packs of dogs and cigarettes
> For those who ain't done packing yet
> My clothes are packed and I want to go
> Idaho oh Idaho
> Out at sea for seven years
> I got your letter in Tangier
> Thought that I'd been on a boat
> Til that single word you wrote
> That single word it landlocked me
> Turned the masts to cedar trees
> And the winds to gravel roads
> Idaho oh Idaho"
> -------------------------------
> Seeya 'round town, Moscow, because . . .
> "Moscow Cares" (the most fun you can have with your pants on)
> http://www.MoscowCares.com <http://www.moscowcares.com/>
> Tom Hansen
> Moscow, Idaho
> On Sep 21, 2017, at 7:19 AM, Kenneth Marcy <kmmos1 at frontier.com> wrote:
> Most Famous Musician From Each State
> *https://tinyurl.com/ych6gqr7 <https://tinyurl.com/ych6gqr7>*
> While culture is not the largest of U.S. exports, it has had the most
> pronounced and observable effect on the world. Global entertainment is
> dominated by U.S.-produced art, with music as a leading form. From rock and
> roll to rap music to pop, the world loves American music.
> American music is not itself a distinct genre. The country’s evolving
> history and Americans’ varied experiences have influenced art in different
> ways — over the years and across states. Each U.S. state has produced
> musicians who — to varying degrees — have attained some level of fame.
> 24/7 Wall St. reviewed a range of data indicative of popularity to
> identify the most famous musician from each state.
> Source: Kurt Christensen / Wikimedia Commons
> *39. Idaho*
> *> Artist: *Josh Ritter
> *> Album sales: *N/A
> *> Top track: *So Runs The World Away
> *> Place of birth: *Moscow
> *> Active: *1990s – present
> *https://tinyurl.com/ych6gqr7 <https://tinyurl.com/ych6gqr7>*
> Ken
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