MP3 Joe Houck - Dream
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19 MP3 Songs
COUNTRY: Country Rock, ROCK: Surf Rock
I won't hold you up too long. So, I'll tell you a few things about certain areas of my past. Here goes. I was raised 12 miles outside of Holly Springs Mississippi on a 56-acre farm. Holly Springs is about 40 miles South East of Memphis. We had cows and grew our own food.
After graduation, I moved to Memphis and got a job at a grocery warehouse. I learned about the fast life quickly and at an early age I wanted to do something different.
In the-mid 80's I had several jobs, moved to Nebraska for a year then Kansas for 3 years. In my late 20's I realized I had to get an education, so I went back to school. I was interested in music but knew what the odds were for being successful. So, taking the technical route, I finally got my BS in mid 1998. Around 1980 I wrote my first song. My friends said it wasn't that good and it really wasn't country. I always loved to play the guitar and sing cover songs. In the-mid 1990's I joined a Memphis band called "Country Comfort." I was the lead singer for about 2 years. We only played cover songs and before that, I wrote several other songs. Using my own material at that time would have been too awkward for me. I did not feel comfortable singing in front of an audience yet. Even now, it's a little uncomfortable at first until I can get the crowd into it. My personal life reflects many of my songs yet, some of my songs are only imaginary. I can't say which ones are and aren't (I'll explain more to my fans later).
After getting my masters degree in 1999, I moved from the Memphis area to a small town in Tennessee and took a job as an Engineer. I really liked the people there and hoped the job situation and politics would have stayed under control so I could stay. They didn't and I left on Sept. 11th, 2001 out of all days. Unemployment checks from Tennessee weren't that much, but better than no check at all.
Before the checks ran out I found another job in engineering sales. I sure hope this CD does well so I can travel, meet people, perform, poor my parents a concrete drive way and maybe retire before I'm 70.
On a web radio station https://www.tradebit.com, during the week of my 42nd birthday (April) I reached number one on there charts. On the independent charts in Europe "Sugar Cane" hit number 26 and number 23 this spring. "Double life" reached the top 30 there also.
I just released my new CD "Dream" April 8th, 2004. This is my best work because some of the good publishers allowed me to select some great songs for "Dream." Nashville is a wonderful and talented city - far more than I expected. I used a mix of published songs, co-written songs and songs I wrote myself to make a better mix and a more open minded album. This album is more of a reflection of my life, your life and normal obstacles we go thru to make it all worth it. Life is wonderful!
Thank you for taking the time to read about me and I hope you enjoy either of my CD's "For You" and "Dream."
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