Joe Hodgson - Serena Sonata & Bareback Blues

Updated: Oct 25


Earlier this year we shared on here the magnificent pieces of musical creation by Joe Hodgson, and we were fortunate enough to get a sneak peak of his newest tracks that will be coming out later this week.


On October 16th, Joe is releasing two outstanding tracks titled "Serena Sonata" and "Bareback Blues". The two tracks are singles off of Joe Hodgson's upcoming album "Apparitions", due for release on November 27th. We have always been impressed with the compositions that Joe creates and the array of instruments and sounds that he can mesh so cohesively. With the first of these two tracks, "Serena Sonata", Joe provides an elegant display of guitar playing that is captivating, with strong melodies and a combination of tambourines and bongos in the background that gives a very free-flowing feel to it all. As the track builds up, the guitar playing picks up, becoming more energetic and intense until it abruptly changes into double time, and where it becomes almost the added treat of having two tracks in one. Such is the contrast in sound and style from the first to the second half. It is a rare delight to hear a track that is constantly evolving and giving the listener something new at every turn.


On the second track set for release on the 16th, "Bareback Blues”, the listener is served up another piece of music that puts on full display the skill and craftsmanship that Joe has at his fingertips when playing guitar. From start to finish on this record, the guitar shines bright and is at the front of the show and really carries the workload from start to end. The drums provide a nice extra punch that backs up Joe's guitar playing and relentlessly drives the music forward. This track really was my favorite of the two, with a level of intensity that was held throughout, and with guitar playing that was truly felt, bringing with it strong and vital energy.


Joe Hodgson has always impressed us with his craftsmanship, creativity, and free flowing style and sound. Once again on these two tracks, Joe puts all of these qualities on full display and leaves a strong impression that we guarantee you will feel as well. Lock in, and be ready for these two great tracks to release on October 16, you won't be disappointed.

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