Joseph Strider

Joseph Strider

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Modern Indigenous Alternative: sounds like the love child of Neil Young and Bruce Cockburn channeling Michael Hedges

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Biography

Acoustic guitarist Joseph Strider has covered a lot of musical ground in his career thus far. From boy soprano in school choirs, to playing with a cover band, Strider has spent the years developing his own unique style, a style that fits in no established genre and can best be described as modern Indigenous alternative.

As a child Strider received professional vocal training. As a teen and young adult he gained valuable experience over a six year period of touring in his home state of Texas. In the years since he has refined his unorthodox playing style, determined to fully utilize the potential of the acoustic guitar. He has pursued his career with a determination and eloquence that not many can match. That dedication to his music was acknowledged at the 2010 Native American Music Awards where he received a nomination for Debut Album of the Year.

Strider’s performances are like a road trip through every terrain there is, the music taking you down roads familiar, roads forgotten and those that are brand new. From complex instrumentals to simpler tunes with poetic yet accessible lyrics, to songs that are a combination of both, Strider’s vast repertoire has something for everyone. Inspired by decades of great guitarists and combining elements reminiscent of Hedges, Cockburn and Segovia, Strider’s live performances leave you jaw-dropping awestruck. His seamless transitions, numerous changes in tempo, and intricate picking style almost convince you that you’re hearing half a dozen guitarists playing and not just a single supremely talented man and his Taylor.

Listening to Strider’s music, one can’t help but bless the day that he set the electric guitar down and picked up that old acoustic.

Joseph is currently at work on an instrumental album, "String Theory", scheduled for a 2011 release.


Lyrics

Drive

Written By: Joseph Strider

Driving home, my vision’s blurred
By windshield blades battling icy pebbles
Flung from the cold, stormy winter sky.

Gotta find my way back to you.
Explain the reasons why I do what I do.
Gotta find my way home to you.
Nothing else matters like you.

Miles to go, sleeping trees fly by.
Eagle soars wild and hungry.
Racing on just to see you smile,
And to continue on with my story.

Gotta find my way back to you.
Explain the reasons why I do what I do.
Gotta find my way home to you.
Nothing else matters like you.

Will it make any difference,
When I say what I say is true?
Need to shorten up the distance
Between me and you.

Miles to go and I caught your scent,
Trailing on your every movement.
Sign flashed by, wonder what it meant-
Food, fuel, beer, guns, and bullets.

Gotta find my way back to you.
Explain the reasons why I do what I do.
Gotta find my way home to you.
Nothing else matters like you.

Will it make any difference,
When I say what I say is true?
Need to shorten up the distance
Between me and you.

--Joseph Strider
1995

Seize the Day

Written By: Joseph Strider

What’s your hurry again, today?
Can’t spare a glance my way.
No, “hello”, just a frown you hold
To keep your loneliness away.

Take a look my way.
Won’t you come out to play.
Might be surprised you could be mesmerized,
With the song I have to play.
And the way I live from day to day.

Put your trust in me.
In due time, we both might see.
I could be the one. You could be for me.
Together, living free.
Without fear, you and me.

Slowed your pace today.
Smiling eyes my way.
Said, “hello”, owning the love you know.
Arising to greet the way.
Another chance to seize the day.

Hear what I have to say.
I want you near, night and day.
Growing old embracing the love we hold.
Living life our chosen way.
Until our dying day.

--Joseph Strider
2004

Rush In

Written By: Alex Brand


Shot down again, the love I hoped would be,
Has come to an end,
Before it began.

I missed my chance, when she looked my way.
And when I finally looked back,
She’d gone another’s way.

When love opens the door, rush in.
Don’t stop to question, rush in.

Now I stare at the ceiling, tears filling my ears.
You think that I should have known,
After all these years.
To follow my heart, follow without thinking.

When love opens the door, rush in.
Don’t stop to question, rush in.

And the tears taste like childhood,
Take me back to a time,
When all that I wanted was something to call mine.
To imagine that someday, the clouds would all clear,
And I would just say “yes”, in spite of the fear!

When love opens the door, rush in.
Don’t stop to question, rush in.

To a chance, to a dream, to a mad hatter’s scheme
To everything in between.

When love opens the door, rush in.
Don’t stop to question, rush in.

Composed by Joseph Strider
Lyrics by Alex Brand
Used with permission

Just Like That

Written By: Joseph Strider

I don’t think I’m special when I smile,
But when I play I’m beautiful.
And I can’t say I got that certain style,
But what I’ve got, it’s bountiful.
And while I drift in between each chord,
I balance softly on the edge of my words.
Fingers meet strings,
As gently spread wings with vibrating waves for currents,
I soar.
I soar.

CHORUS: And I play it for me,
I hope you like it.
It makes me feel free,
Can you feel like that?
Now will you move with me?
Close your eyes like that.
And through your mind’s eye fly,
Just like that.

Vibrations, undulations, thought pattern manipulations.
Synapses to transmitters into Brownian motion.
Funneled together to form one single transmittion.
Impressed where there is no indiscretion.

CHORUS

And if you see me smiling without my guitar in hand,
You can bet there’s one in my mind.
I’m strumming,
And I’m picking,
And I’m slapping down these chords.
Smiling beautifully,
In my mind’s world.
In my mind’s world.
I sure am beautiful.
In my mind’s world.

CHORUS

--Joseph Strider
September 29, 2008

Unarmed

Written By: Joseph Strider

Hey, Mister. Take it easy.
You see it’s only me.
I come unarmed, with hear wide open. See it on my sleeve.
Hey, Sister. Take it easy.
You see it’s only me.
Though my eyes are brown, and your eyes green.
We come from the same sea.

Where have all the gentle people wandered? I miss my family.
Have we lost touch, pressured to play the game? Lost humanity.
Where to turn? What to run to? I lean toward the sea.
If you were me you’d see things differently. We can live in harmony.

Hey big brother, don’t take it so seriously. We only want to be free.
To live our lives in grace and dignity. Peace, hopes, and dreams.

Where have all the gentle people wandered?
Where have all the gentle people wandered?
Where have all the gentle people wandered?
I feel they’ve gone back to the sea.
To the sea. To start over.
To the sea.

--Joseph Strider
2008

Jibe

Written By: Joseph Strider

You left me running up the hill
I did my best to care for you
You left me, running, your weakened will
You spit on my best wishes for you

You’re living in the shadows
It makes me weep for you
And for you, who knows what tomorrow may bring
But for me, in the sunshine, I’ll sing

You think it’s funny, the time will show
What is good, and what you know
When will you realize the difference
As for me, I’m still on the fence

You’re living in the shadows
It makes me weep for you
And for you, who knows what tomorrow may bring
But for me, in the sunshine, I’ll sing

When come tomorrow, the past will show
It will always haunt you, yeah, you know.
Bump under the carpet, where you always trip,
Stuck in the groove, repeat it, repeat it…

You’re living in the shadows
It makes me weep for you
And for you, who knows what tomorrow may bring
And for you, some sunshine, I will sing

--Joseph Strider
May 31, 2009

Big Love

Written By: Joseph Strider

Brand new day’s rising,
Couldn’t see it yesterday.
Big black cloud surrounded me,
Big wind come and blew me away.
Brand new sun is shining,
I wondered about that yesterday.
Took me by surprise today,
Big love come and blew me away.

Sure hope it’s here to stay.
Sure hope it’s here to stay.
To stay.

Brand new light is rising,
Darkness shrouded yesterday.
Dragged me down and kicked my faith,
Big bright light showed me the way.
A big full moon is shining,
Tripped through the darkness yesterday.
Lights the path I’ve chosen to stray,
Big love come and blew me away.

This time it’s here to stay.
Big love is here today.
To stay.

Yesterday I lived with sorrow,
Felt like it would hang tomorrow.
With big love I forgive you today,
May big love blow you away.
Brand new day is shining,
Couldn’t see it yesterday.
Big black cloud surrounded me,
Big wind come and blew me away.

May big love blow you away.
May big love fill you today.
And always!

--Joseph Strider
March 3, 2009

Discography

"Meanings Within Meanings, Within Meanings" released 2009

"Little Bird" released 2010

Available at http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/JosephStrider

"String Theory" in pre-production

"Daughters of Eve" in composition stage

"The Journey" concept album in composition stage

Streaming at:
http://www.josephstrider.com/
http://www.radiolicious.fm/artist/Joseph%20Strider/38861

Set List

Joseph Strider is a prolific composer and incorporates new material into every performance. Set length depends on the event. Strider performs from 45 minutes to three hours or more. Audience favorites include:

"Rush In"
"Drive"
"Brand New Beautiful Day"
"Jibe"
"Just Like That"
"Indigenous Indignation"
"Come What May"
"Obsidian Order"
"Full Moon Rising"
"Smoke 'Em if You Got 'Em"
"Worlds Within Worlds"
"Seize the Day"
"Ophelia"
"She Said"
"Epiphyte"