JJ  Voss

JJ Voss

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Socially and politically insightful music, relevant to what's going on in the world today. Strong songs about real issues, delivered with passion and soul.

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Biography

Raised on a small farm in rural Saskatchewan during tough economic times, J.J. grew up identifying closely with the under-dog out-law music with heros like Johnny Cash, Steve Earle and John Melancamp to name a few.

In 2008 Voss released his debut record entitled “ Hillbilly Storybook” and he has been hard at it playing shows throughout Canada and the U.S. taking his music to the people. Highlight shows include warming up for Johnny Reid, The RoadHammers along with 5 shows in Nashville, including a showcase spot opening for Raul Malo ( The Mavericks)

May 24th of 2012 marked the release of his sophomore album " Show 'em Who's Voss" produced in Nashville with music city icon Harry Stinson (Steve Earle, Martina McBride, Marty Stuart,Corb Lund)

The Debut single " It's a Pride Thing" received radio airplay across Canada, with the video being picked up on a cable network in the United States....

With the follow up single " Bare Bones" catching on at Canadian Radio and coming off shows at the Camrose Big Valley Jamboree and Dauphin's country fest, JJ is hard at it on the road promoting "Show 'em Who's Voss" in Canada. 2013 promises to be a big year for Voss, with a mandate to tour extensively across Canada, and plans to release the Album to Americana radio ( in the U.S.) JJ's career is steadily gaining momentum.

Watch for JJ out on the road in 2013

Lyrics

The Night I hit the wall

Written By: J.Voss, M. Plume

On the night I hit the wall.
as sure as winter took the fall
you know every dawg has his day
at least that's what the Old Folks say

there's so much I can't recall

On the Night I hit the wall

She had eyes of ketemine
and her kiss of Nicotine
and absinth makes the heart grow fonder
leave's a troubled mind to ponder

so much I don't recall

On the Night I hit the wall

One way ticket , two of us
3 in the morning strangers waiting for the bus
no tell motel, paper thin walls
there all doing what we're doin'
all the way down the Hall.
On the Night I hit the wall.

1 way ticket, two of us
3 in the morning strangers waiting for the bus
no tell motel, paper thin walls
there all doing what we're doin'
all the way down the Hall.

On the Night I hit the wall
this tattoo here should say it all.
I carry her memory on my arm
she my Mojo, my good luck charm
back to her I'd surely crawl
like the Night I hit the wall.

Oh to be a kicking' mule in her stall
like the night I hit the wall.

It's a Pride Thing

Written By: J.Voss, T.Taylor, S.T.Christian

Turnin’ Dirt all day on a worn out plough
Makin’ the bills on the sweat of his brow
But he sleeps real good,
When he lays down at night

Now he don’t make much
so he lives real lean
His hands are dirty
But the money’s clean
And there’s just somethin’ about
Standing on your own

This ain’t no story ‘bout chasin’ dreams,
It ain’t about reaching for the big brass ring
It’s all about workin’ for what you need

You know what I mean,
It’s a Pride Thing

At a Check out counter on her feet all day
It’s a Dead end job, but she don’t complain
With a kid at home, you do what you gotta do

When you’re shoppin for clothes at the second-hand store
It ain’t about vogue, it’s making sure
That they’ve always got enough to get them through

This ain’t no story ‘bout chasin’ dreams,
It ain’t about reaching for the big brass ring
It’s all about workin’ for what you need

You know what I mean,
Ya It’s a Pride Thing

Solo

What keeps you goin’,
when the goin’ gets tough
And when you fall down
What gets you up

Workin’ 14 years down a nickel mine
wasn’t exactly what he had in mind
but when the shift is done
he leaves it all behind

he’s got a beautiful girl, and a couple of kids
he’s their world, and they are his
and it ain't a little thing
but he’s got peace of mind

Chorus x 2

Breakin' Things

Written By: J.Voss, T.Taylor, S.T.Christian

had a sunburst Gibson J45
swore I'd have it with me 'til the day I die
Got mad one night, and I threw against the wall
damn it all.

tearing' things up, tearing 'em down
staring at the pieces laying all around
it ain't never my plan
it's just the way I am

taking one step , falling back three
can't blame nobody but stupid old me

I'm the screw up King
Always Breaking Things

I had a real sweet gig with a Kick ass band
had a deal on the table with a record man
but I wanted more, thought it wasn't good enough
Blew it off

tearing' things up, tearing 'em down
staring at the pieces laying all around
it ain't never my plan
it's just the way I am

taking one step , falling back three
can't blame nobody but stupid old me

I'm the screw up King
Always Breaking Things

I had the finest woman on God's green Earth
never gave a thought to what her Love's worth
she was giving it all.
And I didn't do my part
broke her heart

Time for Change

Written By: J.Voss,M.Plume

Feels like it’s time, time for a change.
let go of the hatred, Let go of the pain
There’s a hard rain a coming, Bring on the rain
Don’t feel like it’s time, time for a change?

been walking around the streets of this town...
Looking for something I haven’t found
But when you don’t feel right in your own skin...
You’ve gotta look deep, down with in
Feels like it’s Time for a change...

Feels like it’s time for a change.
Let go of the Hatred.…… let go of the Pain
I see a storm cloud coming, bring on the rain
Feels like it’s time, time for a change?

It’s not for me to say who’s wrong.
I do my best just to get along...
We got a responsibility.
On the shoulders of you and the shoulders of me...
And Don’t you feel like it’s time, time for a change...

Feels like it’s time, time for a change.
Let Go of the Hatred, Let Go of the Pain
I see a storm cloud coming, bring on the rain
Feels like it’s time, Time ` for a change?

Chorus

Playin' for Keeps

Written By: J.Voss

You don’t have to tell me
Time’s tickin’ away
The years are showing now

No need to remind me
Of the choices I’ve made
I wouldn’t change it anyhow

Pre Chorus Cause I see a picture
So clear in my mind
She’s Strong, steady and true

With heart on fire,
And a soul just like mine
I know she’s lookin’ too

Chorus I’m playing for keeps
I’m holding out for Number 1
Til my heart skips a beat
I’m playing for keeps
I’m looking for you

Cause I know you’re out there
‘n it’s matter of time
Don’t ask me how I just know

I’ve done alright now
Out here on my own
But in the end, who wants to be alone

Pre I’m lookin’ ahead
Not looking behind
doin’ the best I can do

and I’m willin’ to bet
Lay it all on the Line
Baby How ‘bout you??

Chorus

I’m playing for keeps
I’m holding out for Number 1
Til my heart skips a beat
I’m playing for keeps
Still looking for you

I’m playing for keeps
I’m holding out for Number 1
Til my heart skips a beat
I’m playing for keeps
I’m looking for you

I’m looking for you
‘caus I’m playin’ for Keeps

Bare Bones

Written By: J.Voss, T.Taylor,

Livin’ in a condo uptown
Parkin’ my Jag in the underground
Truth be told, all I really own
Is the ball point pen that signed the loans
I been waking up shakin’ in a silent scream
From flyin’ too high on a platinum dream
This ain’t no way to live
Somethin’s gotta give

(chorus)
Bare bones--bare bones
Gotta break it down to bare bones
Time to split this scene and get lean
And head on home
Bare bones—bare bones
I’ve been livin’ on fat too long
Gonna get on track and get back
To where I belong
And strip it down to
Bare bones

Heard a wise man say less is more
So I’m headin’ on back to where I was before
I won’t own everything that money can buy
But I’ll look the whole world in the eye
I”ll know who I am and I’ll be satisfied
When I’m all hung loose and simplified
Gonna trade in all my greed
For what I really need

(chorus)

© 2010 J.J. Voss/Tim Taylor

You Pull Away

Written By: Patricia Conroy, J.J. Voss

I'm getting tired
of wasting time
thinking' your mine

Building up and breaking down

Don't wanna be,
your sometimes Thing
you keep pulling at my heart
just to cut the strings

As soon I talk about us
doin' more than just
Hangin' out

and as soon a I talk about more
than being friends , like a ring
and settling' down

that's when you go and Put, on the Brakes
and You pull away

First night we met
hit me so hard
brick to my chest
I should have kissed you in my car

I'm a patient guy
but I'm flesh and blood
you know everything's so right
til I mention love

n’ as soon I talk about us
doin' more than just
Hangin' out

and as soon a I talk about more
than being friends , like a ring
and settling' down

that's when you go and Put, on the Brakes
and You pull away

As soon as I talk about dreams
and what it means
to give yourself to someone

just when when we're getting close
to givin’ and letting go
I'm wrong
that's when you go and put on the brakes
ya that’s when you go and put on the brakes

and you pull away

Whiskey, The Tree and Me

Written By: J.J. Voss


There’s a chill in the air, The Holiday’s near
I’m writing this letter
As I do every year.

I’m doing alright, I’m carrying on
But forget about December,
I’m just not that strong
Just need to be alone,
In select company

Some Whiskey
The Tree
And Me.

Chorus
I surrender my Pain to the Bottle
Put his pictures all up by the tree
as I empty this glass
and all the Hurt from my past
this silent night sings me to sleep

Whiskey
The Tree
‘n Me

Verse I felt like a king, on that Christmas day
The most precious of gifts
Returned my gaze

But not 17 years, ( in fact less a day)
Who’d dream of Red flowers
Surrounding a grave???

N’ every trip ‘round the sun,
Rewinds misery

Whiskey,
The Tree.
And Me

Chorus
I surrender my Pain to the Bottle
Put his pictures all up by the tree
as I empty this glass
and all the Hurt from my past
this silent night sings me to sleep

Whiskey
The Tree
‘n Me

Solo
Chorus

n’ I’ve Heard it can cleanse
to let an open wound bleed

Whiskey,
The Tree
And Me

Discography

"Holy Man" released to Canadia Country Radio in 2006, " Innocent Man" released to Europe and Australia in 2006. EP " Hillbilly Storybook" released in 2008

" It's a Pride Thing" will release to Canadian Radio April 2nd 2012

" Show 'em Who's Voss" Released May 24th 2012

" It's a Pride Thing" received airplay across Canada ( #62 on the Nielson Charts) and Was added to rotation on the TCN Video channel network in the U.S.A

2nd single " Bare Bones" is receiving airplay across Canada in its 12th week on the charts

Set List

Artist set, 30 min

It's a Pride Thing
Innocent Man
Bare Bones
Playin' For Keeps
You Pull Away
Whiskey, The Tree and Me
Time for Change
Breakin' Things