Jerry Joseph releases new single “Sugar Smacks” from forthcoming album (ft the Drive-by Truckers)

July 26, 2020

Jerry Joseph
shares latest single “Sugar Smacks”
from forthcoming album
The Beautiful Madness

out August 21

Tour dates with The Delines in February 
and the Drive-By Truckers in May

Jerry Joseph releases his new single, the politically charged, “Sugar Smacks”, from his upcoming album,The Beautiful Madness . Produced by Patterson Hood with Drive-By Truckers as his band, the album will be released August 21, 2020 on Décor Records.

Jerry Joseph explains, “In 2010 my friend Justin Benoliel presented an idea to make a documentary about me. My stipulation was that we travel to film it, so on Justin’s dime, we did tours of Southeast Asia – Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand and then the Middle East – Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Israel and somewhere in there we fit in Europe, Mexico and the US. While playing shows in Tel Aviv, the first Hamas rockets hit the city but we went ahead with our shows. That decision resulted in my being asked to come to Kabul to teach at a co-ed underground rock school. I raised significant monies for instruments to bring with me for the students and thus that was the beginning of my NOMAD Music Foundation, which has since brought me to Kurdish Iraq twice to teach guitar to kids in the refugee camps.”

The Beautiful Madness was recorded at Matt Patton’s studio, Dial Back Sound, in Water Valley, Mississippi. The band, christened The Stiff Boys by Joseph is the Drive-By Truckers full line up. They recorded the album in six days. Jason Isbell plays slide guitar on the track “Dead Confederate.” Kyleen King (Brandi Carlisle, The Shins, Stephen Malkmus) plays viola and Little Sue Weaver adds harmonies. 

Jerry Joseph has already released the singles “Full Body Echo” and “Days of Heaven”

The Beautiful Madness is out 21st Augst 2020 on Decor Records on CD, vinyl and digital. Pre-order link HERE

Jerry Joseph’s live shows are a force to be reckoned with (Woody Harrelson is a longtime fan and previously co-wrote and recorded with him) and has toured the world playing in Japan, Australia, SE Asia, Latin and South America – both solo and with a host of other acts.

Jerry will be joining the Drive-By Truckers on their 2021 European tour, in addition to supporting The Delines, dates below.

February 21 – Glasgow – St Lukes (supporting the Delines)
February 22 – Newcastle – Gosforth Civic Theatre (supporting the Delines)
February 23 – Pocklington Arts Centre  (supporting the Delines)
February 24 – Bury – The Met  (supporting the Delines)
February 25 – Nottingham –Metronome(supporting the Delines)
February 26 – London – Union Chapel  (supporting the Delines)
February 28 – Bristol – The Fleece   (supporting the Delines)

May 29 – Leeds –  Stylus (supporting the Drive-by Truckers)
May 30 – Dublin – Vicar St (supporting the Drive-by Truckers)
June 1 – Glasgow – SWG3 Studio (supporting the Drive-by Truckers)
June 2 – London – The Forum (supporting the Drive-by Truckers)
June 3 – Brighton – Chalk (supporting the Drive-by Truckers)

The Beautiful Madness tracklisting:

  1. Days of Heaven
  2. Bone Towers
  3. Full Body Echo
  4. San Acadia
  5. (I’m in love with) Hyrum black
  6. Good
  7. Sugar Smacks
  8. Dead Confederate
  9. Black Star Line
  10. Eureka

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