Old Joe and the Truth Hurts
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Old Joe and the Truth Hurts

Shellbrook, Saskatchewan, Canada | SELF

Shellbrook, Saskatchewan, Canada | SELF
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I was surprised to find Louis’ packed when I arrived at the Old Joe and the Truth Hurts show. Maybe Smith had just finished their set and Eliza and Melissa, from the local band The Cracker Cats, were getting ready for their part of the opening set. The Cracker Cats have a reputation as being a lively dancing country band and they got many people from the crowd on their feet. The crowd was more than warmed up for more dancing by the time they were finished their short set, and dance they did.
Old Joe and the Truth Hurts started playing shows last February, with their CD Release show being their tenth show together. Due to the somewhat annoying all-ages status of the show, many people obviously had a good time, including the over twenty musicians that took part in the show with the band. The band played a mosaic of music from country with a stand-up bass to some experimental rock. They played covers, they played originals, they had lots of help with horns, whistling, and drumming.
Lead singer, Joe, played an array of instruments from acoustic guitar to mandolin to the keyboard. According to their website, www.truthhurts.ca, Joe is an instrument collector. He also happens to play stand-up bass for the Cracker Cats. The other band members also switched up their instruments among each other throughout the show. A common question of the night was, “Do they all play twelve instruments or what?” It was definitely an amazing show, even if their style wasn’t your thing.
As Joe said, to introduce one of their songs, “This song is a little different from our other songs, but then all of our songs are different from all of our songs.” This definitely proved true throughout the show, as Colin from Maybe Smith, an electronic band, played with the band on one song and then Melissa from the Cracker Cats, a high-energy country band, played on another song. The big finale came at the end of the show when all the musicians got on stage to play the final song, before the encore.
The musical mosaic portrayed seemed to reach out to all audience members, young and old. I very much enjoyed the show, even though not all the songs tickled my fancy. One could not help but appreciate the music diversity within the band itself as well as the accompanying musicians. Not only that, the band seemed to have an endless amount of energy throughout the show.

- The Sheaf


I was surprised to find Louis’ packed when I arrived at the Old Joe and the Truth Hurts show. Maybe Smith had just finished their set and Eliza and Melissa, from the local band The Cracker Cats, were getting ready for their part of the opening set. The Cracker Cats have a reputation as being a lively dancing country band and they got many people from the crowd on their feet. The crowd was more than warmed up for more dancing by the time they were finished their short set, and dance they did.
Old Joe and the Truth Hurts started playing shows last February, with their CD Release show being their tenth show together. Due to the somewhat annoying all-ages status of the show, many people obviously had a good time, including the over twenty musicians that took part in the show with the band. The band played a mosaic of music from country with a stand-up bass to some experimental rock. They played covers, they played originals, they had lots of help with horns, whistling, and drumming.
Lead singer, Joe, played an array of instruments from acoustic guitar to mandolin to the keyboard. According to their website, www.truthhurts.ca, Joe is an instrument collector. He also happens to play stand-up bass for the Cracker Cats. The other band members also switched up their instruments among each other throughout the show. A common question of the night was, “Do they all play twelve instruments or what?” It was definitely an amazing show, even if their style wasn’t your thing.
As Joe said, to introduce one of their songs, “This song is a little different from our other songs, but then all of our songs are different from all of our songs.” This definitely proved true throughout the show, as Colin from Maybe Smith, an electronic band, played with the band on one song and then Melissa from the Cracker Cats, a high-energy country band, played on another song. The big finale came at the end of the show when all the musicians got on stage to play the final song, before the encore.
The musical mosaic portrayed seemed to reach out to all audience members, young and old. I very much enjoyed the show, even though not all the songs tickled my fancy. One could not help but appreciate the music diversity within the band itself as well as the accompanying musicians. Not only that, the band seemed to have an endless amount of energy throughout the show.

- The Sheaf


Discography

"The Book of Old Joe" - released 2005
"Zivjeli" - Joey K Lorer solo EP released 2008
"The Dirt" - to be released 2013

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Old Joe and the Truth Hurts formed in mid-winter of 2004 to bring a little bounce . After about three months together they started recording what was called the most ambitious recording in Saskatchewan independent music history, enlisting the help of almost thirty of Saskatoons finest players. Within one year, they released their debut The Book of Old Joe to a near sellout at Louis Pub (440 tickets).
Band members are mutli-instrumentalists from different musical backgrounds, but with enough cross-over to find a good groove. Fans appreciate the diversity brought to the stage.

In the eight years between releases, band members have kept busy playing, touring, and recording with other bands. Not less than 12 albums have been released in the meantime featuring one of the Truth Hurts. In 2013, the band is back with "The Dirt", a collection of 10 new songs to tap your toes to.

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