‘Featured Artist,’ Joe Purdy, “Troubadour”

August 23rd, 2011  |  by Nels Thoreson   |  Published in Featured Songs  |  1 Comment

Photo: Katya Kirilloff

The Troubadour’s Road is thrilled as today is the launch of the new website.  For this, it is only fitting that the first “Featured Artist and Song of the Day” be the talented, singer/songwriter, Joe Purdy, with his song, “Troubadour,” off his 11th album, 4th of July.  Purdy has since released and went on tour to promote the album entitled, This American, with songs off that record sure to be in future articles.

Purdy is the definition of a true artist, as he performs and runs his own record label, MudTown Crier Records, with only his manager, and it was that spirit of freedom that inspired me to venture out into this solo project, and for which I say, “Thank you.”

I was able to talk to Purdy at the Mile High Music Festival after the release of 4th of July, and chatted with him about the story behind “Troubadour,” as it’s always intriguing to find the true meaning behind a song.  This song began in Maryland, when Purdy found a stray dog and named her Gas Station Hannah.  He was about to head out on the road and knew he couldn’t take her with, so he had to drop her off, but half-way to Washington D.C. he turned around, picked her up, and she’s been with him ever since.  He then took that into the studio where he finished the song, added some lines on the hardship of being on the road and traveling, on taking the good with the bad, and it all came to him, he said, “through a stream of consciousness.”

Purdy’s words are good words, with these finding their place in the song:

“It’ s not the end of the world, just this country as I know it
I’ve been across and back, I’ve seen the high and chosen few
I will take the hit, because I’m stronger and I know it
Take the cap off of the rocket boys and tell me when it’s due

I’ve known lots of people , lots of drifters, lots of rejects,
Lots of clowns, lots of lovers, lots of liars, lots of thieves
And I have been the cat, I’ve been the mouth, I’ve been the closer
I am like a vault, your family’s secret’s safe with me …”

For updates, tour dates, and other news click on his website, you can buy his music through Mudtown Crier Records, and follow him on his  Facebook Page.  Purdy is currently not on tour, but The Troubadour’s Road will be sure to publish tour dates when they are made available.  Here is the website’s first “Song of the Day,” Joe Purdy’s, “Troubadour,” enjoy,

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  1. Leo says:

    Site looks nice. Looking forward to some good music!

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