Joe Middleton Album Release with Jordan Middleton – Tickets – The Evening Muse – Charlotte, NC – November 3rd, 2019

Joe Middleton Album Release with Jordan Middleton

Joe Middleton

Jordan Middleton

All Ages
The Evening Muse Presents

Joe Middleton has always known his true calling. It's only taken 50 plus years to get there. After spending the better part of the 80s traveling up and down the eastern seaboard bar circuit, he left the road to settle into family life. Rock and Roll had always been his bread and butter, but deep down, he identified as a folk singer; a teller of tales through song. Then, in 1986, he had an epiphany. A friend gave him a homemade cassette of Steve Earle's breakthrough album, "Guitar Town." For Middleton, Earle’s songs literally changed the way he looked at songwriting. It was then that he decided to get serious about his craft.

Thirty-three years later, the Charlotte-based songwriter is still working to hone his ability to tell a better story through words and music. Middleton draws from influences ranging from Cash to Springsteen to create what he considers to be short-form musical plays. His songs are heavily inspired by the current social climate and a need to develop points of remembrance for the bad as well as the good.

This October, the fifty-some year journey will reach a critical point when Middleton releases his first solo album, "Highway Tremolo." The 9 songs included were recorded and produced by Eric Lovell at Charlotte's Blu Bubble Studio. Whether you refer to his music as Americana, folk-rock, alt-country or anything else, for Joe Middleton these are stories; stories that need to be told.


Jordan Middleton

“Music has always felt natural to me. I’ve always known this is what I wanted to do,” says songwriter Jordan Middleton. “I always kind of aspired to be like my dad in a musical sense. I grew up watching him on stage and have always felt drawn to performing and songwriting.”

Jordan’s dad is musician Joe Middleton, whose rock ensembles Seaboard and Idlewilde South, enjoyed regional success in the 80s and early 90s.

“From the very beginning Jordan was exposed to music. He would accompany me to rehearsals and his mom and I made sure he was exposed to the classics,” the elder Middleton laughs. “You know, like Kiss, Johnny Cash and Steve Earle.”

Joe gave Jordan a small Fender acoustic guitar when he was eight and taught his son a few chords. By the time Jordan entered high school he was living music, just like his dad.

“He had a real ability to write memorable chord progressions, but it took him awhile to find his voice,” recalls Joe. “He’s developed a soulful, original style without sounding like anyone else.”

“My vocals carry the tone of the songs. I get the Gregg Allman comparison a lot,” Jordan says. “I find a way to put myself vocally back into how I was feeling when I wrote a particular song. I spend a lot of time on lyrics and try to make sure I’m getting my point across without sounding like a broken record. I like to find new ways to say something that’s been said a thousand times before.”

Venue Information:
The Evening Muse
3227 N. Davidson Street
Charlotte, NC, 28205