Get Ready for Some Yankee Twang Friday Night!

Posted on July 27, 2010. Filed under: Astoria, Free, LIC, Music & Dance, Outdoor Recreation |

I first heard Joe Thompson and the Comfortable Catastrophe at WNYC’s Battle of the Boroughs last month. With a fierce talent and sharp wit, their music cut through the room like the raging tide cuts though the calm sands at Rockaway… In other words, they blew audience away and won the Battle of the Boroughs.

Be sure to checkout Joey and the Comfortable Catastrophe as the opening act at Summer Stage in Queens July 28 at Queensbridge Park in Long Island City and in their very own concert at WNYC’s Greene Space July 30, this Friday night at 7pm. Meanwhile, you can get to know Joey a little better. I caught up with him to get the lowdown on drinking, eating and why he loves Queens so much. Here’s what he had to say…

Joe Thompson and the Comfortable Catastrophe

How has living in Queens inspired your music? I have lived in Queens in the same apartment in Astoria for nearly 8 years so the influence this community has had on my music is immeasurable.  There is a mindset in the people who live here, a blue-collar mentality very much akin to what I grew-up around in Western Pennsylvania.  That hard working, dirt under the fingernails attitude has really sunk-in and helped define the stories I like to tell.

In your recent interview with LimeWire, you received a lot of flack for saying that Queens does not have a big music scene, but it has a great music community, explain what you meant. I meant just what I said.  There is a treasure trove of talent living in Queens.  A supportive, esoteric community of truly gifted musicians.  That being said, there really aren’t very many places for original, live music here in Queens.  There are some coveted venues such as LIC Bar and Waltz Astoria.  While I do wish there were more venues for original live music out here, I will say I will take a community over a scene anyday.

You’re a mixologist as well as a musician. How have these two talents influenced each other in your experiences? As an independent rough and tumble country singer in New York City, it is necessary for one to find a means to pay the rent.  I have chosen the barcraft as my means.  This means I have been forced to spend a lot of time in establishments that serve strong spirit.  Tee hee.

What’s your favorite cuisine (or place to eat) in Queens? Ooooh.  That’s a tough question to answer!  For simple Italian American I like Bartolino’s.  For Greek I like Agnanti over by Astoria Park on 19th Street.  Gleason’s on Broadway has a great burger.  Bai Sushi has the best kimchi I have had in the city.

What’s your favorite neighborhood watering hole? If I am cocktailing, Sweet Afton or Dutch Kills.  If it’s a beer and whiskey night Daly’s Pub or Gilbey’s (used to be Gibney’s)

Your new album is titled- Yankee Twang, tell me about the name and what it means? I was raised in Pennsylvania by a family of fiercely loyal Texans.  Anyone who has ever met a Texan knows how proud they are of their homestate.  Until I was 18 I was a little ashamed that I was a Yankee until I realized how proud I was, in turn, of the Keystone State.  So Yankee Twang is the reflection of the duality of being a country singer in the heart of Yankee Territory as well as that Pennsylvania kid with big Texas dreams.

What has it been like working with WNYC and winning the battle of the boroughs? The folks at WNYC have been fantastic and I couldn’t be happier to be working with them.  Winning the Battle of the Boroughs is still a bit of a shock to me and I still have to pinch myself to believe at times.

Anything to add? Head on over to www.baldjoey.com to hear the songs, see the show schedule and sign the mailing list to receive our newsletters!  we will love you…

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4 Responses to “Get Ready for Some Yankee Twang Friday Night!”

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Hi David- I believe the Queensbridge Park Summer Stage concert series has come to a close. You can view my post of previous July events at the park here- http://local718queens.com/2010/07/14/summer-stage-in-queens/

How can I find more about concerts at Queensbridge park? Seems everyone is buzzing about these concerts recently.

Hope ya’ll can make it to Queensbridge Park tomorrow! 7PM. $Free.99!! Or the WNYC performance on Friday at The Greene Space, also at 7PM! Tickets are $15. Thanks so much for all of your support!

“Anyone who has ever met a Texan knows how proud they are of their homestate.”

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