About The Jeremy Joyce Adventure
When a New Orleans music venue whimsically listed Jeremy Joyce’s genre as “adventure” on its show calendar, it unwittingly defined Jeremy’s music in the most perfect of terms, simultaneously lending a new energy and new name to the artist and songwriter. The Jeremy Joyce Adventure indeed stems from adventure, a long pilgrimage that began in Philadelphia, dipped into New York City, meandered down the coast, and flirted with the Midwest before arriving at last and at home in New Orleans.
New Orleans couldn’t offer a more appropriate musical backdrop for The Jeremy Joyce Adventure, whose genre-defying songs are born out of Jeremy’s macro-level interest in music history and his micro-level interest in what makes songs tick.
“What makes New Orleans great is you can break all the musical rules,” says Jeremy. “No one looks at you sideways if you are writing out of four or five different traditions,” he says. Indeed, one glance at the songs sung or written by Allen Toussaint, Aaron Neville, and Dr. John provides ready evidence of the Crescent City’s long obsession with mixing musical traditions. Like many of his predecessors, Jeremy Joyce and The Jeremy Joyce Adventure aren’t easily pinned into one tradition or scene.
The Jeremy Joyce Adventure’s forthcoming album, currently in progress with Grammy-nominated producer Mike Harvey, incorporates vibes from a variety of genres: rhythm & blues, funk, jazz, rock, and more. Jeremy’s obsession with music’s inner workings show in his songwriting, which deftly incorporates both the intuitive moves and clever tricks of music makers from all generations. His genuine interest in harmony, rhythm, and lyrical turns dovetail with his love of history and context, enabling him to weave the mysteries of music theory with the magic of poetry to create memorable experiences for audiences.
The Jeremy Joyce Adventure delivers lively performances, grounded in Jeremy’s masterful guitar work and almost mischievous singing. While his softer songs of love, heartbreak, and reflection offer a glimpse of the songwriter’s inner romantic and philosopher, his more prevalent funk-leaning sound is simultaneously vintage and timeless, prompting dancing up and down Frenchmen Street.
“If you get funk in your system, it touches everything. If you got a good song it’s gonna get on that too—it’s always about the song,” he says.
The Jeremy Joyce Adventure features Jeremy Joyce on guitar and vocals backed by a number of fine New Orleans musicians on piano/organ, horns, violin, backing vocals, bass guitar, and drums. Jeremy has been featured at French Quarter Festival and the New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival and was an invitee to the New Orleans Film Fest Music Initiative. In spring of 2020, United Bakery Records will release The Jeremy Joyce Adventure single “Ge Good to Each Other” on its United Record Bakery Revue Vol. 3. Stay tuned for news on the project’s forthcoming debut, expected Fall 2020.
About Jeremy Joyce
Jeremy’s musical journey began in his hometown of Philadelphia, where he played indie rock guitar with the likes of Adam Arcuragi before co-founding Fencebells and recording an alt-country EP and album with Brian McTear at Miner Street Recordings. Following the death of his brother, Jeremy relocated to New York City. Without a band, he began performing solo across Manhattan and Brooklyn, developing his songwriting chops and further honing his guitar skills by exploring jazz and rockabilly sounds. While in NYC, he performed with Beastheart and Flower Mound and composed music for film, which included a collaboration with Sharon Van Etten.
In 2011 Jeremy was ready for a change. With an intention to hit the road, he traded his ‘68 black-faced Fender Super Reverb amp for a black ‘87 Dodge Ram Van with red leather seats. Briefly sidelined by financial woes, Jeremy landed in Florida and began driving a delivery truck, which did little to nourish his musical spirit. A timely escape to St. Louis, Missouri, resulted in a number of psychedelic folk and rockabilly recordings with talented St. Louis engineer and producer David Beeman.
Upon the passing of his mother in 2013, Jeremy decided to join his sister and follow the sounds of the South with a move to New Orleans. There, he began street performing with a Royal Street swing band before finding a plethora of opportunities in all genres as both a guitarist and songwriter. Today, he leads The Jeremy Joyce Adventure, continues to collaborate with a number of artists and songwriters, and is forever exploring the intricacies and history of music expression.