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Backroad Joe

by Joe McKay

A collection of highly original, yet immediately familiar, traditionally flavored songs about life and love.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Dreamers on the Rise
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2. Two Great Rivers
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3. Backroad Joe
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4. Songs from the Heart
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5. Cluck Old Hen
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6. Chicken, Shorty and Cockeyed Joe
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7. Dzia Dziu
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8. Furnace of Humility
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9. Dac McDonald's Indian Medicine Show
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10. Don't Cook your Dinner
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11. Wind Chimes
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12. Saddled and Bridled
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13. Obsolete
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14. Where the Wind knows the Mother
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Album Notes
Backroad Joe was produced by critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Terence Martin, and features performances by Terence on keyboards, accordian & harmonica and Jim Allen on guitar, mandolin, piano & accordian, Daniel Bonis on banjo and Gordon Roehrer on bass.

"Joe McKay possesses a knack for keenly and sincerely bringing to life people, places and times from throughout his life, with an inviting voice and grassroots folk song style." Kevin McCarthy, Folk & Celtic Music Reviews

"Some of the most deadpan funny and imaginative songs I've ever heard." Rick Ilowite, premier fingerstyle guitarist

Joe McKay

"He was born on a pig farm,
down on Secaucus Road,
on the banks of the Pennhorn Creek.

He tells a lot of stories
about the world that he knew,
In songs with his old guitar."

What better way to describe singer/songwriter Joe McKay than lyrics from his own semi-autobiographical song, "Back Road Joe." Born and raised in Secaucus, Joe McKay has lived the rich history of the area and is a true New Jersey original.

Joe's music is deeply rooted in the late fifties and early sixties folk revival. The music of the Kingston Trio, the Limelighters, Bob Dylan and especially singer/songwriter John Stewart contributed to his traditionally based unique, storytelling style.

Playing guitar with a rock and roll band between 1964 and 1966, Joe didn't re-enter the music scene until 1993. In that year he did a songwriter's workshop with his mentor, John Stewart, at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York.

Since then he's been a very popular regular on the "open mike" circuit, in coffeehouses throughout the Tri-State area. Joe was a New Folk winner at the NJ Folk Festival 2002 and his performances include shows at the Turning Point in Piermont, Main Street Arts in Nyack, Bodles Opera House in Chester and the Baggott Inn in New York, and the Hillside Cafe in Nutley, New Jersey.


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John Niznik

Good Music
These songs are really good even if you don't know the history of Secaucus. My Grandfather had a farm in Secaucus right next to the McKay’s! But besides that these songs are really good! Reminds me a little of America and the 60's acoustic stuff!


Another Dreamer on the rise
Heard about Joe from a John Stewart fan, and heard Joe was able to attend a JS concert this spring on the East Coast. So, ordered Joe's album, got it, love it, and have been listening to it regularly. There's an underlying spirituality and sensitivity here from a man who knows where to look for life's graces, when to give thanks, when to take a humorous look at things, and who has pursued a dream himself. I appreciate the homage he pays to John Stewart (who I think is incredible) and then the talent he goes ahead and displays himself. Thanks.

Ed in Linden NJ

Very Wonderfully Nostalgic
This CD brings us back to a time where farms surrounded great cities by a stone's throw. The lyrics, melodies, and presentation by Joe are simply grand. I hope he makes more Jersey-Country CD's

Dean Alfange

Wonderful CD
Excellent songs, excellently played and sung--some poignant, some downright funny. If you're old and un-hip, as I am, "Obsolete" could be your theme song.