Joe Rohan

Joe Rohan

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Joe Rohan combines infectious grooves, soulful melodies, and bluesy guitars that serve as the backdrop for the heartfelt stories he tells. Rohan’s voice is strong and smooth, with just the right amount of grit to deliver his own slice of America.

Biography

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Cleveland-based singer/songwriter Joe Rohan is an intense storyteller that combines infectious grooves, soulful melodies, and bluesy guitars that serve as the backdrop for the heartfelt stories he tells. Rohan’s voice is strong and smooth, with just the right amount of grit to deliver his own slice of America. Rohan’s latest CD, These Days, shows versatility by balancing fiery rockers with tender ballads. The follow up to 2003’s Walk Along contains songs that showcase a storytelling ability from the perspective of an artist who has been touring nationally for two straight years. Rohan won honors as Best Roots/Folk Artist in the Cleveland Free Times Music Awards in 2004 and 2005. In addition to performing as a headliner in many venues nationwide, he has also opened for national artists such as James Taylor and Dave Matthews.  His songs have been featured on MTV’s Real World vs. Road Rules.

Full Bio

Cleveland-based singer/songwriter Joe Rohan is an intense storyteller. It’s a special artist that can take a situation, a relationship, or a moment in time, and transform that into the soundtrack for a memory. Rohan does just that by combining infectious grooves, soulful melodies, and bluesy guitars that serve as the backdrop for the heartfelt stories he tells. Rohan’s voice is strong and smooth, with just the right amount of grit to deliver his own slice of America.

Rohan’s latest CD, These Days, shows versatility by balancing fiery rockers with tender ballads. The follow up to 2003’s Walk Along contains songs that showcase a storytelling ability from the perspective of an artist who has been touring nationally for two straight years. The dues Rohan is paying on the road are leaving a mark on the one medium he knows and exhibits best—his songs. That, and he is an endearing performer that is clearly on the verge of some big things.

After winning Best Roots/Folk Artist in the Cleveland Free Times Music Awards in 2004, Rohan continued a stellar year by showcasing at the Cutting Edge Music Conference in New Orleans for the second straight year. He also was featured in two prominent Nashville showcases, the Alt-Country Hoedown and Billy Block’s Western Beat, as well as in Acoustic Live, a “battle of the bands” for singer/songwriters of which he was one of 42 artists chosen nationwide by a panel of judges.

Since the release of his debut CD Walk Along in 2003, Joe Rohan has developed a grassroots following that starts in Northeast Ohio and reaches the shorelines in markets such as Baltimore, New Orleans and San Francisco. In addition to performing as a headliner in many venues nationwide, he has also opened for national artists such as James Taylor and Dave Matthews. His songs have been featured on MTV’s Real World vs. Road Rules.

While he’s known mainly as a singer/songwriter, Rohan’s musical journey was shaped in its early years as a drummer, and he went on to play drums for popular Cleveland artists Mothertrain, Chris Allen (Rosavelt), and Anne E. DeChant before choosing the path of solo artist.

Lyrics

Desert Love

Written By: Joe Rohan

If I fell from grace
Would I find you in this place
Would you be there
Would you stand by me

When the rain finally falls
To cool the burning sun
Will you be there
Did you believe the rain would come

My Love, My Love
My Desert Love

I am wild for you
You will always be
Like a haunted melody
in a rare desert breeze

Lay with me my love
And count the million stars above
Like an endless see
You will always be

My Love, My Love
My Desert Love

Like whiskey on my lips
Sweet burn sweet sweet bliss
With the sun upon your hips
And the sting in your salty kiss

My Love, My Love
Desert Love

James Dean

Written By: Joe Rohan

He rolled his eyes as he looked her down
She just laughed and slowly turned around
And they laughed in spite of themselves

He said, I feel like a stranger in this town
Even more this second time around
Things are never what they seem
Cause everybody wants to be James Dean
Yeah everybody wants to be James Dean

So we stroll across the page
With our hands in our pockets
And a spotlight on the stage
And Oh the games we play….along the way

So pick it up and we’ll go again
Do you think it really matters where we end
Are you crazy or is it me?

So just play it easy, yeah play it cool
As the joker hides the lover who hides the fool
People are never what they seem
and everybody wants to be James Dean
Everybody wants to be James Dean
Everybody wants to be James Dean

Blown Away

Written By: Joe Rohan

Circles spinning round and round
back and forth, back and forth
can we find the ground
Seldom granting here and now
Can I rest here, in your arms for just a while
Light me up can’t remember when
Feel this heart, hear it beat again

Motion slow as of the sea
so like you, So like you
such the same to me
A quiet candle flames these eyes
that burn a hole in me
off this coast of Mexico tonight
Smoke laced tale caress my mind
Pass the hour, pass away the night
Tangled up in you I am, like a vine

You simplify, and I don’t need a reason why
and I, never thought that I could ever be so
Blown Away, So Blown Away

(Solo)

Circles spinning round and round
back and forth, back and forth
can we find the ground
Touching once you slip away
but hang on in my mind
day after day after day
I’m curiously captive still
for today, for another time
Tangled up in you I am like a vine

You simplify, and I don’t need a reason why
and I, never thought that I could ever be so
Blown Away, So Blown Away

You simplify, and I don’t need a reason why
and I, never thought that I could ever be so
Blown Away, So Blown Away
So Blown Away

Discography

Rewind (2007)
These Days(2005)
Walk Along (2003)

Set List

Show options include everything from 30 - 45 minute opener sets (all original) to 3 hour (3 set) shows with a mix of originals and covers.

Audio samples for originals are available on the Audio page.

Live performance sample available on the Video page.

For clips of other originals songs, visit www.joerohan.com/music.cfm

Other artist covers include some of the following:

Jimi Hendrix, Dave Matthews, Black Crowes, Counting Crowes, Radiohead, Lyle Lovett, Beatles, Johny Cash, John Mayer and many others.