"It all came from words and poems like seeds that bloomed into songs which themselves fathered some of the richest music I've made in 17 years of putting together records. I can't wait for you to hear it. This is the one I've been waiting for years to put out."
For every song Joseph Arthur has released, he's probably kept three others in the vault for safekeeping. Indeed, Arthur has been known to start working on a new album -- or two -- while simultaneously trying to finish another.
It was amid this abundance of riches that the Brooklyn-by way of Ohio-native began molding a collection of music under a single narrative thread: The Ballad of Boogie Christ, described by Arthur as "a fictionalized character loosely based on my own journey."
The Ballad of Boogie Christ has defied the odds to become another essential cornerstone of Arthur's robust discography. Encompassing sessions put to tape in upstate New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Arthur's own Brooklyn studio, the double album showcases the artist's signature rich storytelling set to a diverse range of rock'n'roll.
You can see Joseph live at:
The Musician - Leicester - 9th October
Grain Barge - Bristol - 10th October
Heath Street Baptist Church - London - 11th October