“If you like ANY modern electric bluesrock guitar, you owe it to yourself to check this out. Well done.”
Directly Connected Joe Lewis, like so many great instrumentalists, draws his inspiration from a spiritual source. Joe is a Christian. Herbie Hancock is a Buddhist. Ravi Shankar was a Hindu. Joe is a badass blues guitarist/singer/songwriter, who professes the blues through his spiritual perspective. This collection is eclectic, powerful, and fun. If you like ANY modern electric bluesrock guitar, you owe it to yourself to check this out. Well done.
- Kris Webber,
President, MO Blues Association
“Third time is the charm!”
Third time is the charm!
Joe Lewis is the main songwriter and singer and guitar player for the Joe Lewis Band. This is their third CD, and this is the strongest set of songs, the most confident singing, and the best guitar work that he has produced so far. As on their previous CDs, the music is blues and the lyrics are gospel. There is a great variety of blues styles, from the rockabilly blues of "Holy Roller" to the funky "More Of You" to the driving fingerpicked "Heavy Load Blues" to the sounds-like-Elvis "Back Again" and the Jimi Hendrix-ish "Abba Elohim" and the Robin Trower-ish "Your Day Is Gonna Come." Joe Lewis sounds like the great Sean Costello, both on guitar and singing, which is a very good thing to this reviewer. The song "Southern Man" is not the Neil Young song but a Joe Lewis original.
- Bruce Edwards
“Grace, Faith & Blues is a solid CD with a good mix of original songs inspired by real life.”
Joe Lewis - Grace, Faith & Blues
Grace, Faith & Blues is a solid CD with a good mix of original songs inspired by real life, some are serious and some will make you smile, all sound great.
- Chris Puyear KOPN radio
The Blues on Broadway Show
“I've been enjoying this disc for wayyyyyy too long -- This is current and fun and energetic music.”
I've been enjoying this disc for wayyyyyy too long--I should have written about it months ago, but every time I put it on I forget to write about it! The Joe Lewis Band is a three piece blues band based in central Missouri. They play the instruments and use the structures and flavors of the classic blues songs, but the lyrics are all pure gospel. You really have to hear them to see how well they make this work. It's the sort of music you wish got played in church, and the lyrics are all pretty theologically sound. No, they don't play your father's gospel music. This is current and fun and energetic music. The Joe Lewis Band has played at the United We Sing Fest in Jefferson City MO, the Mid Missouri Biker Blessing in Centralia MO, and at the Blue Note in Columbia MO, and each time they have made a righteous impression, tearing down the house with their great playing and testifying. This is my all-time favorite cd to listen to with headphones on while I'm writing a sermon in the middle of the night and the rest of the family is all asleep. I have shared some of these songs in church, in bible study with senior adults, in ministry with teenagers and college students, one on one with other blues lovers--and I always have received a very positive response. My favorite song here is "If Not For Mercy," which starts out pure Chicago blues and then Joe and his guitar and the band take things straight to church. It's wonderful.
The Sunday Night Blues Project
“I was not knowing what to expect when I put "Good News Blues" in the CD Player, but it turned out to be one of the better pieces of music I have listened to this year.”
The Joe Lewis Band is a 3-piece band hailing out of Missouri that really does have some Good News Blues for everyone. You see, beyond the fact that this trio is a really good rockin' blues band, they are also a really good Rockin' Christian/Gospel Blues Band.
Good News Blues" consists of 12 Tracks, all Originals and all written by Joe Lewis, who is also the singer and guitarist for the band. Joe Lewis also produced all the songs on this exceptional Indie release. I really found it quite amazing how they were able to meld great blues music and great christian lyrics together to make for an extremely enjoyable listen. In essence the songs are not in the vain of "Whoa Is Me", they are happy, vigorous, playful, and joyous in nature, without over taking the musical uniqueness of the blues.
Joe Lewis Band is continuing to make quite a name for itself, especially in the Religous circles, having already played for a number of Christian Oriented Festivals and Celebrations, such as, the United We Sing Fest, Mid Missouri Biker Blessing, and the Blue Note, all throughout Missouri. They are also in the mist of putting together their second Album, "Joy In The Storm", slated to be released soon.
To be honest, I must say, I was not knowing what to expect when I put "Good News Blues" in the CD Player, but it turned out to be one of the better pieces of music I have listened to this year. It came across lean and mean without an unneccessary overdubbed feeling. It also came across, not only with the message of celebration but also the message of good blues.
All in all, "Good News Blues" is a fine piece of work, especially for a Debut Album, and one that left me feeling a little happier for having given it a try. Joe really believe's strongly in what he is doing and that strength comes thru, in supreme fashion, on "Good News Blues".
"Good News Blues" is an Album I really feel good about recommending. Being Christian/Gospel Blues, I know it may not be for everyone, but I urge you all to maybe give it a try. You may be really suprised.
- John Vermilyea
Blues Underground Network
Blues Underground Network
“With a solid sound that is a reminder of blues great Glen Kieser, Lewis provides great blues with a valuable message.”