Top 50 of the year!!
Joe Hendrick and The Mudflaps has made the "Whole Lotta Shakin' 2006 Boss 50" !! The cd came in at 29!
New awards for "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" on garageband.com !!
Best Male Vocals in Americana, week of 4Dec2006
Best Female Vocals in Americana, week of 4Dec2006
Best Bass in Americana, week of 4Dec2006
Best Lyrics in Americana, week of 4Dec2006
Most Original in Americana, week of 4Dec2006
Roots rock music report cd review November, 2006
Joe Hendrick and the Mudflaps’ CD is supremely entertaining. You will find yourself wanting to listen to this album again and again. Hendrick’s is short of neither talent nor opinion and his style of Americana rock and roll will have you hoppin’ while his humorous, sometimes cynical, lyrics will have you chucklin’. It is a great combination and the makings of a great time.
The thirteen original tracks are a testament to Hendrick’s talent as a songwriter/storyteller and to his wit. The sometimes hard hitting lyrics are acidic and downright funny at the same time. His casual, clear almost conversational voice convey the stories so richly, you will feel Hendrick is next to you.
Though most of the tracks are inspired roots rock and Americana, the listener is also treated to some new-wavish sounds. This bit of variety just adds to the enjoyment. Joe and his Mudflaps are truly in sync in this CD and they will have you rocking from start to finish.
Herb Barbee - RMR Staff Reviewer
Democrat and Chronicle Sept 7, 2006
A cynical, but first-class, eye
Staff music critic
(September 7, 2006) — Roots-rocking Joe Hendrick has delivered for 20 years. Just make sure you put enough postage on it.
Hendrick's daily delivery route through Fairport for the U.S. Postal Service seems to have fueled some of the songs on his album, Joe Hendrick and the Mudflaps — certainly "Radio Talk Show," inspired by the chatter he listens to on the boombox propped up in his delivery truck. "I gotta turn the radio around, upside, down, to get the stations sometimes," he says.
Hendrick has a cynical take on what he hears. "Between the ads for the beer, the self-righteous host is prayin'," he sings on "Radio Talk Show." He finds sports talk shows to be filled with "useless trivia." And there is conspiracy everywhere. Black helicopters. Alien ships. "Who killed Kennedy now?"
The song has a catchy, New Wave sheen to it, unlike the balance of the album, which is roots rock. Hendrick used to play guitar in the rockabilly outfit Krypton 88, and that's where he caught the ear of Tim Clark, who was putting together a roots rocking, country-ish outfit called Dang! He signed on Hendrick as a guitarist for the band, which opens next Thursday for bluesman John Mooney at Milestones.
Dang! is a cover band, but, "we jazz 'em up, rock em up," Hendrick says. "We never play 'em like they were originally heard."
A songwriter, Hendrick is a late bloomer. He's 49 but didn't really start writing until five or six years ago.
Pop culture, and turning that cynical eye toward religion, fuels another of his songs, "The Eyes of Tammy Faye."
"I never even saw the movie," he says of the similarly titled film. But the idea of the fall of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's PTL Club appealed to him, as did Tammy Faye's notoriously over-applied makeup. "Tammy Faye saw it falling apart," he sings.
That's real life, as Hendrick hears it, coming through the speakers of his boombox. Charles Bukowski turned his life as a postal worker into gritty poems and novels.
"Two dogs ran at me the other day, but they wanted treats," Hendrick says. "They don't take no for an answer."
Freetime review, August 2, 2006
Speaking of country, a little while back, an unassuming CD hit my desk from a local guy I hadn't heard of, Joe Hendrick, and his band, The Mudflaps. This fun-loving, Americana outfit impressed upon first listen with well-crafted songs filled with cleverly told stories all wrapped in twangy-sung lyrics that oftentimes touch on popular culture. Check out "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" and "Rock-N-Roll Aisle" as examples, with the lovely country ode, "Look Back Your Way," sung by ultra-talented guest vocalist, Daisy Hutchinson adding to the diverse enjoyment of the album. We hope Joe and company play a date in the near future, and in the meantime, you can catch him performing with the band, Dang!
Review from City newspaper, Rochester, N.Y. July 20, 2006
Not unlike The Blasters or Steve Earle, who infuse a little country bop into roots rock, Joe Hendrick slings some sweet rockabilly guitar within an array off roots styles. The curveball, however, is the new wave-y strain of some of these tunes, like the track “Radio Talk Show” that reminds me of a less-weird Television. But in keeping with roots rock’s affinity for storytelling goosed with a humorous twist, cuts like “The Eyes Of Tammy Faye” or “Rock ’N’ Roll Aisle” are sure-fire crack ups. The guitar is tight and clean, sharing the spotlight with Hendrick’s casual vocal style. Hendrick, who previously twanged mighty for Krypton 88, also plays bass on this disc. The whole platter rolls solid and steady, and like so many pleasant evenings dancing and romancing to this type of music, is over way too soon.
--- Frank De Blase
Joe Hendrick and The Mudflaps comes in at number 8 on The Boss Top 20 countdown on "Whole Lotta Shakin" for August !!
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Update! Radio Talk Show has been given an award for best lyrics in a rock category for the week of July 10th on garageband.com
Joe Hendrick is a longtime guitar player on the Rochester music scene playing with many bands of different musical tastes.
He first try at vocals was with the rockabilly band Krypton 88 around 1999 and he started writing songs seriously around 2000 after leaving them.
After getting the recording bug in 2003 with his bands first demo Joe Hendrick started planning a full length cd in the fall-winter of 2004. After plans fell through for a bass player Joe decided to play bass on all the songs along with all guitars and vocals. With the help of long time drumming friend John Schwittek he decided to do a test song at Roberts Recording in Walworth in the early months of 2005. All went well so they went through with the complete set of songs. After many
months of learning the songs, recording a night here, an afternoon there the cd is now out. With the help of Lane Roberts on keyboards and Daisy Hutchinson on vocals Joe Hendrick and The Mudflaps have put out a rock-n-roll array of rockabilly, country, and roots-rockin, americana type songs. "Look Back Your Way" features Daisy Hutchinson's one and only lead vocal performance with a authentic old-time Nashville sound. "The Eyes of Tammy Faye"
is a funny, mostly biographical look at the religious celebrity."Dollar Store" is a funny but honest look at the low income single mother. "American Engine" is a edgy, rowdy look at the auto and oil industry. Joe Hendrick plays you a authentic type rockabilly instrumental in "Jazzability". "Rock-N-Roll Aisle" is a song of finding that good old rock-n-roll music among the many aisles of today's varieties of styles in a music store. "I'll Let You Know" winds up the album with a funny look at the Nascar generation.