Jerry Joseph Focuses On Simplicity For ‘Baby, You’re The Man Who Would Be King’

Singer/songwriter and multi-band music veteran Jerry Joseph has announced the release of his new studio album, Baby, You’re The Man Who Would Be King, aka King, for September 29, 2023 on Cosmo Sex School Records. Recorded in NYC and produced by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, the album features a band made up of prominent New York players.

The first single, “The War I Finally Won,” is out now. Written in a vintage camping trailer parked in Joseph’s Portland, Oregon driveway in the midst of the pandemic and recorded in Ambel’s Brooklyn studio in the summer of 2021, the nine songs on King are a bit mysterious.

Joseph comments:

These for me, were a different collection of songs. If there was a theme, it was to focus on simplicity – lord knows I can be … er… verbose -, often ending with a head scratch and ‘what the hell is this song about’ upon listening to the final versions. In the end, there’s a lot more truth and vulnerability here than I’m willing to publicly concede.”

Joseph recalls:

Loads of different issues came up during early Covid, a lot of intimate family time, spiritual soul searching, dodgy sobriety and the disappointment of releasing the album of my career right as the world closed. All those things were on my mind as I started to work on this album.

The songs came quickly and were all demoed by the end of January 2021 at Jackmormons’ bandmate Steve Drizos’ studio, The Panther. In June 2021, Joseph went to NYC to record with Eric Ambel at his Brooklyn studio, Cowboy Technical Services.

Eric Ambel adds:

I met Jerry when our bands played together in February of 2018 at Rough Trade in Brooklyn. He invited me to sit in with him on ‘a couple songs’. That turned into half the set and the encore. I really enjoyed how loose the band was and Jerry’s super personal connection to his fans.

Fast forward a couple years later Jerry asked if I was interested in making a record with him. I’d been going through the songs and in the interest of making a different record than his most recent release, the great one Jerry made with Patterson Hood called The Beautiful Madness, I had thought of an almost ‘campfire setup’ that would be ‘close’ and ‘lean’. 

I had my guy’s Jeremy Chatzky and Phil Cimino ready to go on bass and drums. Jerry showed up and his presence was so large that the campfire thing was quickly abandoned so my engineer Mario Viele and I quickly reset the studio for rock and roll tracking.  We had a limited window, so we got right to work.

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