Sidney Joseph & The Organic Reverb
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Sidney Joseph & The Organic Reverb

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States | SELF

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States | SELF
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"Acoustic rocker Sidney Joseph tackles his latest album"

By Amy Strauss


Sidney Joseph, of West Chester, has filled a lot of roles during years in the Philadelphia music scene -- from solo guitarist to a position with funk jammers The Philly Toboggan Co., to hip-hop projects like The Quantum Mechanix.

He has been performing since picking up his friend's dusty guitar a few years back, and -- with no previous musical experience -- creating his self-titled solo project, which showcased his self-proclaimed “old soul” appreciation of his influences. Taking cues from Beck, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and doo-wop, his most recent, self-produced album is “Just a Man.”

“Different songs of mine always sound like different styles,” he said. “I am a music whore and I love all of it. But, as a songwriter, sometimes I sit back and do not listen to any music, and just listen to NPR. It helps me lyrically.”

Joseph has a new album slated for later this year, and he finds inspiration when performing acoustic shows with his solid backing band, The Organic Reverb. “We are jazzy improvisationalists,” he said. “We feed off the crowd. You never know if they will help you write the song.”

Constantly touring, Joseph invites fans of jazz, funk, soul and gentle grooves to check out his relaxed, eclectic style. He’ll be performing at the Pillar Lounge in Lancaster on Dec. 17 and 18, The Grape Street Pub in Manayunk on Jan. 15, and at Nonna's in West Chester on Jan. 22.


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Just a man self produced album
Now she's gone single iTunes
Move on single iTunes
Move on Jango Radio
Now she's gone Jango Radio

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Sidney is a south-eastern Pennsylvania native. This smokey voiced singer-songwriter has been compared to the likes of Lenny Kravitz , Van Morrison , & Ben Harper . This recording artist has a wide spectrum of musical influences. Ranging from 50’s style oldies to his most recently discovered Cumbia.
“I dig anything that makes a sound! From rain dripping on a cellar door to a lop-sided dryer spinning.”
A self described late bloomer. Sidney didn’t pick up the guitar until he was 16. “Nobody in my family played anything except maybe the lotto.” It was at a friend’s house when Sidney noticed an electric guitar sitting in the corner collecting dust.He picked it up and within minutes was playing “Sunshine of your love” by Cream. “Needless to say my buddy Bill was like take it home man!”,
The guitar was in its own weird tuning Sidney remembers.”Months later I finally learned the standard tuning for the guitar. I tuned it, and lost a few songs I had been working on in some bizarre tuning in which I had my on chords going on.”
If you listen to any of the recordings Sidney has worked on you will notice his lyrics are very bold and powerful. This is probably attributed to his early days of Hip-Hoppin’.
Sidney points to K.R.S. 1 and Big Daddy Kane as being very influential. “I think Bob Dylan was actually one of the first rappers!” From Hip-Hop to Folk , Pop to Jazz. It’s all frequencies. And It’s obvious Sidney Joseph is tuned into all of them.