Sunlight welcomes the ‘King of Echo Park’ for show
If Elvis was the king of rock and Michael Jackson the king of pop, who’s the king of Echo Park?The answer is a tall, slim, young man by the name of Brian Joseph. In February of 2000, Joseph abandoned all the glamorous trappings of life as a Los Angeles actor for the glory and prestige of being a full-time folk singer.For a decade, Joseph’s acting had garnered critical acclaim and awards, including a Shellie award in 1999 for his portrayl of Rodolpho in “A View From the Bridge.” Although he had received both domestic and international praise for his work in many stage, television and film productions, he was more well-known for his portrayl of Cheesy the Pizza Slice in a TV commercial than for his role as Roderigo in “Othello” or Dromio in “A Comedy of Errors” – not that he wasn’t a convincing slice of pizza, but something was just not right. Being an actor had simply become a day job.So, in response to the demands of an increasingly pushy fan base, Joseph returned to his first love – music. In 1999 he recorded his first CD, “Somewhere It’s True,” a collection of his own jazzy folk compositions. Disc jockey Bob McWilliams (“Trail Mix,” KANU-FM) called it ” … one of the best debut albums by anyone I have ever heard. Period.”He has since toured internationally, playing in venues from Havana, Cuba, to New York, San Francisco – and Wamego, Kan. His stage show is simultaneously fun and soulful, combining extemporaneous songwriting, myriad forms of audience interaction and humiliation with his own intelligent, politically conscious urban-folk sound, which falls somewhere between Paul Simon, Randy Newman and Mose Allison.His first two recordings and his constant touring have generated not only rave reviews, but also a stream of accolades and awards. Recently he has appeared on the main stage at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and the Kerrville Folk Festival. He won second place in the prestigious Telluride Troubador competition and first place in the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest New Folks Showcase.Joseph is celebrating the release of his third CD, “The King of Echo Park,” which legendary songwriter and producer Wendy Waldman produced. It features the stellar musical talents of Danny Donnelly (Kenny Loggins Band), Kenny Edwards (Linda Ronstadt, Don Henley), Freebo (Bonnie Raitt; Crosby, Stills & Nash), Asdru Sierra and Ulises Bella (Ozomatli), Julie Wolf (Dar Williams, Ani Difranco), and many others.He will play Sunlight Mountain Resort at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29.
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