his borrowed last name might imply, Jeff Joad's songwriting
is aimed squarely at the life and times of the common man.
Developing on John Steinbeck's concept, he draws a parallel
with what is happening now on the streets of our cities and
towns and the struggle that faced a great portion of our people
following the collapse of the banking institution in the late
1920's. Using the "dust bowl" heritage of folk songwriting
greats like Woody Guthrie and
Pete Seeger, Jeff's energies
were originally only directed toward the plight of the homeless
man. But more recently he has been writing about the need
to restore basic rights and freedoms guaranteed by the US
Constitution but eroded by the government over the last eight
years. Since coming out of semi-retirement, he feels his calling
now includes providing a voice for the middle class working
man and woman, bringing to light the disasterous effects of
thirty years of Regannomics. And of course, to rail against
the Ultra-Conservative's concerted efforts to marginalize
their quality of life. His activist record speaks for itself.
has donated profits from his critically acclaimed debut album
A Change” to homeless shelters and hunger
outreach programs throughout Southern California. He has spearheaded
canned food drives in the form of admission to his live performances.
His first album has logged airplay on dozens of college campuses
across the country from Plainfield, Vermont to Berkeley, California.
A Change” has also received airplay on major
stations here in the Los Angeles area.
"Time For A Change"
Jeff and The Joads completed work on a follow-up album
“Judgment of The Flame"
after an extensive series of concerts in Guatemala. Members
of the band went there as part of a non-profit effort called
Xela-Aid to bring medical
care to an impoverished city Quetzaltenango, or Xela (pronounced
"shay-la" by the locals). The area is famous
for being home to the poorest of the poor of all the peoples
of The Americas.
Additionally, the track “Shine On”
(featured on the "Judgment of The
Flame" CD) has been released as a video and has
garnered acclaim winning an INTERCOM
(a Division of the Chicago International Film Festival) Music
is currently at work writing material for a new Jeff Joad
and The Joads album to be released soon and his "Judgment
of The Flame" CD will be re-released by Ethnia
Records, a division of the major French label Musea Records
later this year.
warm and dramatic live performer, Jeff Joad's experience includes
club work on both coasts, several national tours as a frontman
with various bands (Alan Rench & The Vicegrips, The Promise,
The Drive, Changer) and extensive touring of Canada. He has
traveled abroad as well, making his living at one point as
a street musician in the Underground below the streets of
London, England. We at Relentless Pursuit invite you to join
us in participating in the career of this gifted and compassionate