It's official, our new album "THE STRAIGHT GOODS" is set for release on July 28! It's been a few years, a whole lotta shows, and tons of songwriting/studio time since our last album, and now we're very excited to share our very best songs with you.
Our CD Release Party will be at Waterfest on July 28. This is an all-ages festival at the Leach Amphitheater in Oshkosh. We'll be bringing our large band of Smooth Operators, and sharing the stage with RUSTED ROOT!
If you'd like to attend for FREE, pre-order "The Straight Goods" and you'll get a free ticket to the party! You can stream every track and pre-order the new album right here. Cheers!
Are you peeking at my backside? You saucy monkey...
It's OK though. I was showing off the backside of our new album, coming sooooon...
Thank you to everyone who voted last Monday, we won and are moving on to the next round of competition! One step closer to getting played on the daily, with radio promotion and live events for B104
This Thursday (May 5), our song plays at 8pm. From 8 to midnight we need you to vote by text/calling (920)230.1047 or via their facebook page.
Your vote helps us, even if you don't live in the Oshkosh/Fox Valley listening area. We deeply appreciate all your support. We couldn't have made it this far without you!
For the second year in a row, I took on the role of Musical Director for the WAMI (like a Wisconsin Grammy) Awards show, held in Milwaukee last night. I got to lead the stellar house band (Jazz Orgy) in and out of all the tight spaces that a live award show permits. Musical cues (i.e. 10-20 second clips while winners make their way to the stage) ranged from Quiet Riot to Katy Perry to Star Wars to Duke Ellington, with plenty of original Sly Joe songs flavored in as well.
The Jazz Orgy was on fire from the pre-show music until the house lights came on. Beside me was Mark Martin (keys), Mike Underwood (WAMI nominated drummer), Andy Mertens (bass), Steve Cooper (WAMI winning sax/vocalist), and Ryan Schiedermayer (WAMI nominated percussionist). The band was so hot, that people were dropping our name all over the place! The only words mentioned on mic more than "Jazz Orgy" that night were "and the WAMI goes to..."! Lead singer, Black Wolf from "Kings Go Forth" even stopped by to sing a few verse of Sam Cooke's "Bring it on Home" as he went up to accept his Male Vocalist Award.
Big Congrats go to some good friends who won awards for their musical awesomeness! Unity the Band (Reggae Artist), Ethan Keller (Pop Artist), and John Harmon (Hall of Fame inductee). Be sure to check out what they're up to these days. For instance, you'll be able to hear Kai-Man from Unity and Ethan Keller's contributions on the upcoming Sly Joe & the Smooth Operators album!
WAGGGS (World Association of Girl Guides & Girl Scouts) recently released a promotional video. Being a boy, I never knew much about Girl Scouts aside from their delicious cookies. Turns out there's a whole lot more going on there, which makes sense, since they're girls and all.
The video highlights the adventure, leadership development, community action, and international friendships that last a lifetime through WAGGGS travel. Sounds like fun.
Oh yeah, and they featured our song "Brand New Walking Shoes" through the whole thing.
"Sly Joe is an infectious groove-creating machine of a man. I’m sure at some point you’ve heard his soulful swagger come singing through a pair of headphones. What’s that you say? You haven’t! Oh precious reader, how I feel for you. His laid back melodies, carefree love-approved lyrics, and potent rhythms blend together to form an excellent poppy funky earthy soul mix-up, a true delight to the ears. Songs such as 'Melody”'and 'The Meadowgrass and the Morning Sun' are chock full of emotion-fueled hooks that seem instantly timeless. After a few listens, one can deduce that Sly Joe’s use of the studio is most excellent at the very least."
~Jason "Easy Tiger" Verstegen, THE SCENE
California recording artist Kyleellen will be singing three of my songs for her upcoming album; Ins & Outs, Surrounded by the Heart, and Beach Party! She is a big advocate of the healing powers of music, specifically by singing everyday, and she's publishing a book soon too.
Christian Davis is producing the album. He's worked with some pretty amazing musicians as well...Boyz II Men, Christina Aguilera, NKOTB, Destiny's Child, Backstreet Boys, the list goes on...