Jerry Joseph spent three decades creating a vast catalog of music incorporating everything from roots rock to reggae, working with an impressive array of musicians including members of the Decemberists and Widespread Panic. His most recent work, though, might be his most interesting, inspired by a trip to Afghanistan, where he taught music at an underground school. The trip got Joseph reflecting on his family, and the title of his latest release, By The Time Your Rocket Gets To Mars, came from a sobering conversation with his 5-year-old. Expect an excellent range of styles and emotions at his live shows; I’ve seen Joseph many times over the past 20 years, and he’s always worth the price of admission.
— Dan Nailen