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After moving to London from Newcastle I drifted into the vibrant blues and roots scene and I’ve spent the last 4 years making my living as a street musician and gigging everywhere I travel. I broke away from playing harmonica in bands and began working as a solo musician in early 2014 after a little time living in New Orleans, Louisiana, inspired by the wonderful music I heard there and people I met. I released my studio debut Bottle Broke this year and I’m currently getting ready for another musical adventure in the Southern USA.
“I loved getting involved in Harboured Sounds, the crew were great to work with and the Bristol harbourside has always been somewhere I connected with music, when I returned from America last year I used to go down there every day with a beat up chair and my old guitar to busk. I’m glad we chose the setting of Bristol Harbour Railway with its old steam trains, the perfect backdrop to play some blues…” Joe
A harmonica player, blues shouter and guitar picker, Joe Strouzer sings songs from his travels from Newcastle to New Orleans and a hell of a lot of places in between. His driving resonator guitar is coupled with true harmonica voodoo and biting songwriting of modern trouble, heartpains, moonlit trysts, drinking and devilment, peppered with a rich history of blues.
On harmonica Joe was picked as London’s best busker by Vice Magazine, collaborating with them, X Ambassadors and Jamie N Commons in their Made Underground series, has supported blues guitar legend Johnny Winter and performed all over the UK, Europe and America including London’s Royal Festival Hall, Divan Du Monde in Paris, Made In America Festival and 432 N Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles, The Bluesberry Cafe in Clarksdale, Mississippi, Royal Street in New Orleans, Glastonbury Festival , Hop Farm Festival and Secret Garden Party.
2015 sees the release of his studio debut, Bottle Broke.
“The only British guy I’ve ever liked” Blind Texas Marlin