Called, "an alt-country innovator . . . in the tradition without being derivative," Avenue A Records recording artist Joe Cassady and his band The West End Sound, combine the best of the singer-songwriter tradition with roots, Americana and modern rock forms. Their debut CD What’s Your Sign? was named as one of the best CD’s of 2007 by editors of USA Today and Soundstage! and was spun by legendary UK DJ Bob Harris on his BBC2 Saturday Program. The follow-up, 2009’s The 47th Problem reached the top 10 of the Euro-Americana Charts, received extensive airplay in the U.S, Australia and South America and was named 4 of the Top 10 Albums of 2009 by Hi-Fi & Musik Magazine in Sweden. They are currently at work on their third studio-effort to be released by Avenue A Records in the U.S. and Europe in July of 2010.
Founded in 2005 out of Manhattan's Lower East Side, Joe Cassady & The West End Sound are among the main protagonists in a growing roots/rock music scene arising in the Big Apple. In 2009 they completed their first European tour, winning over crowds at The Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival and Tartan Heart Festival Fringe events in Scotland, in addition to other dates in the UK and the Netherlands. In the United States they have shared the stage with notables such as Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Bernie Worrell of Parliament Funkadelic and Talking Heads and Garth Hudson of The Band, as well as acts like Olabelle, Matt Mays & El Torpedo, the Zen Tricksters, and the Jim Weider Band. In the words of Midwest Record's Chris Spector: this is "an up and comer that's going to go the distance no matter what marketing handle they hang on the genre. Top shelf stuff in any bar."
THE 47TH PROBLEM named to "Best of 2009" Lists by hi-Fi & Musik Magazine and Rootsty.nu in Sweden
WHAT'S YOUR SIGN? named to "Best of 2007" Lists by Editors of USA TODAY and SOUNDSTAGE!
"Wasn't necessarily expecting good alt-country from a Manhattan band, but got it anyway. The songs' obvious intelligence doesn't get in the way of the solid, often enthralling music."
Ken Barnes - USA Today
“Cassady and his pals continue to merge the best of various fringe and underground sounds into a special Americana gumbo that you label that way because there’s no other way to make the uninitiated understand.” Chris Spector - Midwest Record Review
“It doesn't take a genius to work out that Joe Cassady is a damn fine musician and an even better songwriter.” Maverick Magazine—June 2009.
"The biggest surprises and successes of the weekend came on the Saturday. In the mid-afternoon Joe Cassady and the West End Sound came on stage and set the place alight. Somehow reminding me of both The Faces and The Band they played tuneful, lyrical roots rock and would have played for another half hour if the crowd had got their way but we had to make do with two encores." John Davy - Flying Shoes Review on Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2009 set in Scotland
"Cassady's big talent deserves a serious following, and the timing is right." David J. Cantor--Soundstage!
"Who? From where? I'm taken aback and come to think of Amazing Rhythm Aces and so I have to come to terms with the surprise. Can someone tell me how I've been able to miss this band? Tell me!" Frank Ostergren - "Best Right Now"--Rootsy.nu
"Heavy shit indeed." Jan Wolfer - Hooked on Music
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