Sunshine Coast singer/songwriter/fingerstyle guitarist Joe Stanton will be performing shows in B.C. and Alberta this May, promoting the digital release of his debut solo CD originally recorded and released in 1997.
The analog recording entitled There You Go, produced by Geoff Gibbons, brought together the best of Vancouver’s studio musicians and old friends, and is now available for download at iTunes and wherever digital music is sold.
Stanton arrives in the North Okanagan this week to perform at Lorenzo’s Café Thursday.
Stanton’s philosophy of playing “wherever they’ll listen” has taken him and his Martin D28, on a 30-year journey from his favorites haunts in his home on the Sunshine coast, to a concert in a hot air balloon over the Swiss Alps, to the Kerrville Folk festival in the hill country of Texas, to the world fingerpicking championships in Winfield Kansas.
His acoustic guitar style has been likened to his heroes: Leo Kottke, Chet Atkins, Bruce Cockburn, and his songwriting has resulted in four CDs, with styles ranging from bluegrass to contemporary folk and alt. country. All have received radio airplay in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Australia, hand have earned two BCCMA award nominations.
In 2009, Stanton teamed up with Bearwood music to record his fourth album with the five-piece alt. country band The Precious Littles, and he is now working on the next recording project, a collection of his instrumental guitar pieces.
“Joe Stanton is a true breed troubadour; a journeyman songwriter, fingerpicker and story-teller with years (and miles) of experience, and a drive to translate that into songs,” wrote The White Rock Sun in March, 2009.
Joe Stanton takes the stage at Lorenzo’s, located at 901 Mabel Lake Rd., east of Enderby, Thursday at 8 p.m. Call 250-838-6700 to reserve a seat.