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For the last few years, I’ve called Joe Fletcher one of the hardest working men in music. He’s released two albums with his band, Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons, Bury Your Problems, and White Lighter, he’s constantly touring and performing, and recently he moved from Rhode Island to Nashville, TN. It almost makes you wonder when he’s had time to write music, so it’s not surprising to learn that he’s been “threatening” (his words) us with a solo album for quite some time. Releasing September 23rd,You’ve Got The Wrong Man is that much awaited solo album, and it is just Joe and his guitar for the most part. His records with The Wrong Reasons are total rockers, so it’s a bit of a change, but it’s also very familiar.
Joe Fletcher is one heck of a storyteller. His voice is absolutely perfect for this style of music, it’s got the kind of grit you’d expect associated with the stories Fletcher tells. He’s got a mix of literal storytelling mixed in with some western-influenced lyrics and even some quite witty lines that may get a chuckle out of the listener. Fletcher sings about bartenders in Alabama, drinking with the long-deceased Hank Williams, and a stay at the “Oceanside Motel”. He deals with heartache, and traveling blues on the record. Fletcher also reprises one of my favorite tracks of his, “I Never” off of Bury Your Problems, and be sure to sing along. The record ends with a cover of “Mabel Grey” by Brown Bird, a tribute to his friend David Lamb who passed away earlier this year, featuring friends of David Lamb on “la-dee-da’s” at the end.
Joe Fletcher’s solo debut is a great record from a great songwriter and storyteller. You’ve Got The Wrong Man doesn’t have the rippin’ bluesy solos from the Wrong Reasons albums, but those who have seen Joe perform live will know that his storytelling is a huge part as to what makes him such a captivating performer and when it’s just Joe and his guitar it makes the whole thing seem quite personal. Check it out on September 23, and while you wait check him out on social media and figure out why I think he’s one of the most interesting musicians to follow on Instagram.
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