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Musician to visit Riverton on holiday tour

Dec 16, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Singer Jerry Joseph said he may incorporate some songs about Wyoming into his performance Tuesday.

Singer and songwriter Jerry Joseph is headed to Riverton as part of his regional holiday tour.

"I've been playing in little Rocky Mountain towns off and on for 30 years," Joseph said. "They're usually really good shows."

He plans to perform Tuesday at Bar 10, 114 S. Broadway Ave., showcasing songs from his new, self-titled album. Joseph said his latest record is more laid-back, especially compared to the high-energy music he usually creates with his band, Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons.

"This is a solo acoustic album," he said. "It's just me and an acoustic guitar."

During the tour, however, Joseph will be joined on stage by drummer Steve Drizos, and more musicians may be part of the show by the time Joseph makes it to Riverton.

"We tend to end up with a bunch of other people," he said. "It kind of gets like that in the last week. People just start coming along for the ride."

This year, he hopes to bring his friends Patrick Kenny and Jeff Crosby along.

Joseph also may incorporate some songs about Wyoming into the program. He said he used to tour through the state more often when he was younger, and at one point he had a girlfriend in Riverton.

"I wrote a bunch of nasty songs about her," he said, laughing.

The group will hit Fremont County after playing a show Monday in Salt Lake City. Once the Riverton gig is over, they will head north to Ennis, Mont., for a performance the following day.

"I don't know if I'll be in Riverton more than 20 hours," Joseph said. "I'm on tour -- we're not on vacation."

He does enjoy his job, though. Joseph said his schedule on the road -- which takes him to Europe, Asia and South America as well as small towns in the United States -- helps keep him engaged.

"I love that stuff," he said. "It's what I do."

Joseph, who now lives in Portland, Ore., has played in the past with groups like Widespread Panic and Drive By Truckers and has performed in front of sold out crowds at venues like Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver. He started the band Little Women in Logan, Utah, in 1982, and co-founded the group Stockholm Syndrome in 2004.

The 52-year-old said he is looking forward to his second visit to Riverton. The self-proclaimed big-city lover played a show at Bar 10 several years ago, and Joseph said the rural audience seemed to appreciate the effort it took to get there.

"We wouldn't come back if it wasn't a good experience," he said.

Joseph invited anyone who is in town Tuesday to check out the show. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

"We're always really into the Christmas tour ... the music's usually really good," Joseph said. "I'm sure there are 500 million things to do that night in Riverton, but if people can fit us into their schedule it'd be awesome."

For more information, visit jerryjoseph.com.

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