Rock And Roll Joe Website Launches With Robert Earl Keen Essay
This week, AmericanSongwriter.com offers an exclusive preview of 'Rock and Roll Joe,' the interactive multimedia project spearheaded by legendary singer/songwriter Chip Taylor and friends, with a swingin' essay by country music legend Robert Earl Keen, a salute to the late, great Houston blues rocker John Vandiver.
The website, officially launching April 25, is dedicated to promoting the unsung heroes and underdogs of rock music and was created by Taylor along with John Platania and Kendel Carson, who also play on the Rock and Roll Joe album due May 24th on Train Wreck Records.
Keen fondly remembers the "magnetic" Vandiver who played "big fat hollow body electric guitars," was part of the "throng of [Houston] troubadours" that included Lucinda Williams and Nanci Griffith among others, and whose "timing was atomic" with solos that "were melodic and rocking and unimaginable..."
Stories honoring other "Joe's" are already on the site, such as jazz guitarist Hank Garland and Chip Taylor's own essay on Paul Griffin, who was the session piano player on Don McLean's classic single, "American Pie."
Check out the site here!