Joseph LeMay: a twenty-one year old songwriting fellow, a soon-to-be married gentleman, and most importantly, a chap full of humility who is in no way affected by them rats racing round’ him. Joseph has got a timeless vibe. He’s fascinated by the good ol’ colloquialism of Mark Twain, amused by the sounds of Kristofferson and Townes Van Zandt, and is inspired by the grounded tones of John Foreman. Joseph was telling me that his intent is to be known and heard in a transparent manner. Whether it’s finished carpentry, being a husband, or (most likely) a musician, his audience will hear honest emotions and authentic, fluff-free content; which he hopes will help people sort out any troubled situations applicable. I’m all for his aim, because just through hanging with the guy, I can tell that Joseph has got a rare type of patience that ascends the noise around him. His path may not be littered with instant milestones and praise anytime soon because I’m thinking he’ll be a legend for his heart rather than solely his sound (which tends to take a little more time). Joseph has got a well crafted EP out right now entitled A Precursor to Earthtones, I encourage a listen to all. The song in the video above is a new one, and when I asked him how the next album is coming along he told me that he writes a lot, so the songs that he feels absolutely cannot be left unheard, will be on the record. Once again, Joseph is not just writing songs to make a record, they’re a self portrait of all that he believes in. I can attest that he’s already achieving his intent because my simple conversation with the guy served as a lesson in humility. So right on Joseph, the world needs a sturdy man like you.
I was given the great privilege of seeing Joseph live in late January, and most fortunately, two friends (Josh Cypher & Charles Miller) and I had cameras to document the event that your’e watching above. Below is my favorite song he performed that night, it’s about his fiance.