“At the end of this road I'll look back and see the choices I made for right and wrong. But until then it's hard to think like that when you choose to live your life always chasing a song." -Chasing A Song
A decade or so into chasing songs from rust belt dive bars to huge festival stages to the streets of Music City, the Joe Zelek Band had become a regional success story with songs playing on radio stations across the country. But struggling with a sense of disconnect from the muse, the Ohio-based singer/songwriter decided it was time for a sabbatical. Fast forward through a couple years of exploring side projects, making music for TV shows such as Duck Dynasty and the Wahlburgers, writing and recording volumes of his own material and just plain living life, Zelek is now on the road back to his natural habitat armed with a collection of tunes that clearly display a renewed intensity and authenticity.
With six songs in particular burning a hole in his pocket, Joe headed south to his old stomping grounds of Nashville and called upon a band of top shelf pickers, including legendary drummer Eddie Bayers and guitarist Pat Buchanan (Rodney Crowell, Hayes Carll), to join him in the studio on a warm, late-October day and his latest EP "Ways of the Road" was born.
Featuring cover art from the great Wes Freed of Drive By Truckers fame and collaborations with writers such as Pittsburgh's own Bob Corbin (Hank Jr/Alabama), the project came full circle when Johnny Neal (Allman Bros/Gov't Mule) added his signature B3 organ to the title cut he and JZ co-wrote with their late soul brother Tim Gaetano (Waylon, Faith Hill) to whose memory the album is dedicated.
From the Fogerty/Earle roots stomp of "Screw That Town," to the cosmic Burrito-country, Possum tribute "Keepin' Up With The Jones," to the old Skynyrd meets Alice In Chains troubadour anthem "Chasing A Song," the collection showcases a songwriter seamlessly channeling a palette of classic "FM Rock" and "AM Country" influences into a space on the dial that can only be described as his own Americana.
“Joe's music is definitely country, sprinkled with sounds of his native Appalachia. But there’s also a bit of a “Rock Star” attitude that filters in giving him a sound all his own.” -Chuck Dauphin, Music News Nashville