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Joe Alford - Standing Alone (2011)

10-03-2014, 17:37
Music | Blues | Rock

Joe Alford - Standing Alone (2011)

Artist: Joe Alford
Title Of Album: Standing Alone
Year Of Release: 2011
Label: Joe Alford
Genre: Blues Rock
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 37:55
Total Size: 89 Mb
Covers: Front

01. Standing Alone (2:28)
02. Angels (4:13)
03. Ooh Marie (2:38)
04. Girlz Gone Wild (3:15)
05. Long Gray Train (3:48)
06. Waiting On Samantha (3:18)
07. The Game (3:22)
08. No More Changes (3:26)
09. Grey Skies (4:30)
10. Troubled Shoes (3:07)
11. Zoniac Sign (3:45)

Joe Alford - guitars and lead vocals
Ryan Johnson - bass guitar
Joel Gropp - keys
Brian Morgan - Drums

It can take an artist years to fully realize their dreams and ambitions. Ideally, that time only sharpens the appreciation of success. Joe Alford's debut album, "Standing Alone," is the type of work executed by a musician who's seen a lot and done a lot, then has worked and worked to put all that lived life to music. And at the end of a long process, his first CD shows that the time spent was worth everything, his experiences adding up to a record that isn't just a piece of product. It's an old-fashioned record. One that means something.

Showing off the talents of a true triple-threat (songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist), "Standing Alone" works with the classic themes of a blues-rock musician. Alford claims musicians such as Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy as his personal linchpins, and you can hear their influences on his 11-tracks of no-nonsense, blues-inspired rock. (Or is it rock-inspired blues?) Composed over the last decade, these tracks capture everything the artist wanted for a debut album, with his own hands crafting the majority of the guitars and vocals heard on "Standing Alone"; producer Ian Baird rounds out the remainder of the album on both bass and drums, providing a rock-solid rhythm section for Alford's tales of love, loss, and all the other important things in life.

Begun in mid-2009, Alford and Baird spent a relatively short amount of time tracking the initial cuts, a process that Alford says was "really great. I'd never had the opportunity to work in a real studio before, or with a real producer. He did a good job recording me. When I listened to it at the end, I was more pleased with the songs than where I was at the beginning."

With Baird adding only a few tasteful moments of additional instrumentation, along with a mild amount of post-production, "Standing Alone" catches the music that Alford heard in his head when they began rolling tape.

"It took about a month to do the recording of it," he says, "and a little bit longer to do the mixing. Ian added his style and flavor, and I really look forward to working with him again."

Like some artists, Alford spent years of songwriting to work in crafting his first effort. Unlike others, within a year he's already written the bulk of another album's worth of material. "My style's a little older now, a little more laid-back," he figures. "A couple of songs for 'Standing Alone' were written as far back as 1997. So my style has definitely changed since then."

With his material about to hit the public, Alford figures on hitting the local scene with some serious intent for the remainder of this year, saying "2010 is going to be a good year for me." Playing in clubs. Getting the music to radio. Finding some fans among those who'd love his music as soon as it's heard. All are oncoming, soon.

"I feel really good about it," he says. "It's been a dream of mine since I was a kid, to hold a CD of mine, with my music and my picture on it. It feels amazing to be this close to it coming out. Soon, people are going to be listening to my music. That's a great feeling."

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