Where are you from?
I grew up outside of Cleveland, Ohio. Most people laugh at that, as my music is all about island living. The vibe definitely comes from the years back and forth to the Virgin Islands and not Cleveland.
Name of band:
Joe Moorhead Band.
Who else is in your band?
The band consists of four members. Myself (Acoustic Guitar, Lead Vocals), Jonny Morrow (Lead Guitar), Tyler Lovell (Bass Guitar), and Justin Banks (Drums).
How would you describe yourselves?
The whole band is very laid back. We take the music very seriously but we really don't take ourselves too seriously. No divas in this group. Most would probably describe us as modern day hippies.
Who are your main influences musically?
People describe our music as Jack Johnson meets Sublime. As those are two artists I personally love, the bands influences range from Ali Farka Toure to Red Hot Chili Peppers. We listen to music from all over the world and are influenced by anything new or unique to us.
What do you hope to achieve in music?
I can honestly say that if we have the opportunity to still be playing music together in years to come we have achieved everything we wanted to in music. We are living our goals and dreams right now.
What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
The highlight of our career so far has been being able to sustain a living as musicians. As most musicians will tell you, that is a very hard task and we feel extremely lucky to have that success.
And what’s the moment you want to forget?
We had been on the road a long time traveling through Iowa to Nebraska when our van broke down. We were in the middle of nowhere. After we got towed to the nearest mechanic we found out it was going to take at least four days for parts to come in. The show was in just a few hours so we had to borrow a car from the mechanic to drive to the nearest rental car company (over 45 miles away) to then back track, unload our trailer into the rental cars, and make it to the show. I am happy to say we have never missed a show but that was a test to our mental stability and our bodies exhaustion.
If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
It would have to be the song Bad Day off our new album, Tides Are Rising. The title of the song is almost an oxymoron. Though the lyrics talk about a bad day in the islands, to me, a bad day in the islands is better then a good day anywhere else. The song is fun, not too serious, and laid back. It encompasses the essence of what this band is all about.
Where can we listen to it?
You can see the video for the song, "Bad Day", here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XECfOUWuoV8
Where can we find out more about your music?