Monday, March 09, 2009

Joe Sun - Storms Of Life (1981)



If, besides Southern Rock, you dig Outlaw Country music, you should definitely check out this record by Joe Sun. Though he's usually categorized as being a Country artist, on this album he gets rough and rowdy, and as dirty, vocally, as James "Jim Dandy" Mangrum. Excellent stuff, including a formidable "Folsom Prison Blues" and a neat cover of the Amazing Rhythm Aces' "Ella B". So if you're into Waylon, Hank Jr or Travis Tritt, go get this. Really.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting. This is a lost classic for sure. Joe Sun's voice and singing style at times reminds me of Chris Ledoux, and at others Jerry Reed. Tasty stuff!

Anonymous said...

A neat little album with a fine voice. I hear some David Clayton Thomas in that vocal lineage as well. Thanks for the find and share. MF

joetomrud said...

Wow!, your blog is clearing up the outer edges of my vinyl collection! I've downloaded Joe Sun - Storms of Life, the second Rick Cunha album and the Amazing Rhythm Aces Mystery Train (now available on a new ARAs best of compilation).

I saw Joe Sun at the dismal "Country" festival at Wembley Stadium in London (dismal suburban middle class ***kers in cowboy hats and toy guns WTF), and he shone among the dross (Norwegian Jim Reeves impersonators, Bill Anderson, etc.). I got two of his albums - Out Of Your Mind and Living On Honky Tonk Time, both excellent. Do you have either?

Thanks again,

Joe in Dublin (Ireland, not Ohio)

Skydogg said...

Hey Joe,
Yes, I have those albums. I will post more in the future. I get the picture about the festival. ;-)
Peach out,
Harley

Anonymous said...

Hi I hope that it is time for the next one of the excellent Joe Sun LPs and if you are interested there is his Heartbreak Saloon CD on Rickybanana blog- thanks for these posts.
db69

Skydogg said...

Hi db69, thanks for the tip. And yes, Joe Sun coming up shortly...
Harley

Karen said...

Thanks for introducing me to the music of Joe Sun, I can't get enough of his style of Outlaw Country.

Anonymous said...

Saw him in a country+western weekend 3 decades ago (at least) in Rotterdam/Netherlands. I went for The Everly Brothers, had never heard of Joe Sun before and I was impressed. I have LP's of the guy (good god), and I still love his album "out of your mind". As good as ever.
Went looking for information today, and he doesn't even have a website?! Shocking. only 1 song at Youtube. I don't GET IT! Thanks for posting his stuff. Appreciated. I will throw a few coins at him and order too!

Skydogg said...

He has a MySpace page.

Kirsten Caroline Dunst said...

Thank you very much for all your hard work in order to unearth long forgotten musical gems

Skydogg said...

You're very welcome & thank you too ;-)