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Brokenjoe Long Walk to Nowhere Brokenjoe

This new collaboration of three old friends calls itself a roots band. Joe Toole immediately casts its distinctive sound by playing only banjo. His old band mate in The Phantoms, Jerome Godboo is on harp and Alec Fraser rounds out the trio on bass. They all sing and despite the banjo and Joe's pure Appalachian baritone, it's difficult to imagine readers of this column not enjoying this one. The old-timey feel of the music is immediately attractive. Especially nice are Alec's "Mr. Blues (You Never Were My Friend)" (and a rare recorded vocal). And Jerome's "Jerry Stone", a domestic tale many will recognize. Joe's "Let's Pretend I Did" is pure country but it'll bring forth a wide smile. Two songs by Joe, "Desperation Blues" and "The Hole" (not coincidentally both with Joe on guitar) are my excuse for writing about this CD and "The Hole" needs no apology at all. It's a triumph by any definition, a harrowing tale of the perils of mining in Nova Scotia with Joe, on slide guitar, giving free rein to his marvelous voice. The concluding "Porkchops", while not a blues, has much the same mood and an equally stunning performance. Live music is always best and a good place to get this disc. You could also go to - John Valenteyn-Mapleblues Magazine

godboos special quality is his ability to raise and ordinary song into something explosive... wringing new meaning from old words, coaxing cadence where none previously existed. simply a pleasure to watch.
the toronto star

the subject of swooning graffiti in the womens bathroom.
toronto sun

commands a harmonica the way jimi hendrix once commanded a guitar.
the globe and mail

that snake-like young harmonica player...i thought he was really cool.
little rock democrat-gazette, little rock, arkansas

(it is his) performance that has earned the band critical praise, a legion of loyal followers.
halifax daily news

the toast of toronto night clubs.
the edmonton journal

godboo commands the stage with his cat-like struts and passionate rhythms.
the gazette, university of western ontario, london

godboo works the huge revolving stage, as if born to it
the toronto star

channeling the music through his skinny body, godboo came alive playing his array of harps with genuine style and attitude.
the peterborough examiner
- Canadian newspapers


Brokenjoe have just released their debut CD " Long Walk To Nowhere" now available on iTunes, Rhapsody, emusic and other fine internet stores.


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Brokenjoe are an acoustic trio drawing from mostly 1920`s folk music styles. Their original songs harken to an era when blues, country and celtic music were all intertwined and the banjo was paving the path for the blues guitar of today. Bassist Alec was influenced by his musical family, Muddy Waters, both Hanks ( Williams and Snow) Lefty Frizzell, Jimmy Rodgers, Johnny Cash, Robert Johnson, Lowell George and Bob Dylan. He is a multiple award winning producer and tours as bassist for the Jeff Healey Band. Jerome( harmonica) and Joe (banjo) were the front-men in the Phantoms back in the 80`s. Signed to A&M records they received a lot of canadian airplay and were also approached by Chris Blackwell of Island Records to be signed before the band parted ways.They were all raised on this "birth of the blues" music
and have finally put together a cd and show that will satisfy folk festival patrons. Brokenjoe is about entertainment, originality and a good story.