Joe Stamm Band | Feel Like Me

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Feel Like Me

by Joe Stamm Band

High energy country-rock, rooted in the black dirt of the American Midwest.
Genre: Country: Country Rock
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1. Feel Like Me
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After years of studio work, Joe Stamm Band is excited to release "Feel Like Me" - and EP prelude to their forthcoming full album release.

“I wanna breathe that autumn air that comes around this time of year, in central Illinois – I’m a Woodford County boy”. These lyrics, taken from Joe Stamm’s “Feel Like Me”, hit at the heart of his music and Joe Stamm, himself. Born and raised in the fields and fence rows outside Metamora – a small community in central Illinois – Stamm was raised to appreciate the outdoors, God, family, and about everything else that can be expected in a country music artist’s biography. Unexpectedly, though, music did not play a large role in Joe’s early life, emerging only when he had to take a music course to graduate college.

Growing up, Joe’s focus revolved around athletics, most notably football, which earned him a full ride scholarship to play quarterback for Northern Illinois University. His career was cut short, though, by injury, enduring 4 shoulder surgeries. The years that followed found Stamm searching – searching for a new identity, new hobbies, new pursuits and points of focus. He poured himself into academics, hunting & trapping, his childhood faith, partying and burning candles at both ends. The conflicts and dualities Joe battled and entertained later inspired much of his songwriting, which discovered in his last semester of college, shortly after taking an introduction to guitar class.

Music did not sort everything out for Stamm – he does not claim it to be any type of savior or magical answer to life. But playing guitar, singing and writing songs gradually took over much of his focus, providing a creative outlet where a short lifetime of conflicting interests, beliefs, desires & pursuits could intermingle and emerge as song - as story set to music. And in these stories, you will find his childhood, his parents’ divorce, the corn field he grew up on, the timber he walked, the friends he partied with, the people he disappointed and those he made proud, his victories, his losses, and everything in between.
There are two pervasive elements in Stamm’s music – authentic personhood and authentic place. His personhood takes on a wide variety of characters throughout his music; but his place is clearly and unmistakably the Midwest. Joe recognizes that country, and country rock, music has a rich tradition in the southern regions of this country, and rightfully so. “I have an enormous amount of respect for the music and artists the South has produced throughout the genre’s history. But I have to write and play from my own experience, and my own experience is thoroughly Midwestern. And ya know what? - so is a lot of other people’s. I am proud to be from the Midwest, and I always will be. It has made me who I am. You don’t have to be from Texas or Tennessee to make good country music. We know how to get outside, get muddy, bloody, heartbroken, drunk, sober and saved as well as anyone else. And we put it to music, too.”

Joe celebrates his love for the Midwest most plainly in “Midwest Girl” – a song that will be released on Stamm’s forthcoming album, which he is presently in the studio working to complete. But the song has already become the most anticipated segment of his live performances. He remembers, “The first time we played [Midwest Girl] out in a live show, all it took was the opening line of the song – ‘Dip, spin, strip it down, twirl, damn I love a Midwest Girl’ – and you’d have thought the roof blew off the joint [from the fan reaction]. No one had ever heard the song yet, but they instantly connected because someone was finally singing about them. I thought, maybe we’re onto something here.”

Stamm began performing in dive bars, for free, with nothing but his acoustic guitar in 2007. These days, venues don’t mind sending him, and the 5-piece band he formed, a few bucks to play. The Joe Stamm Band – consisting of Dan Greuter on lead guitar, Jon Byler Dann on bass and background vocals, Cory Petty on guitar and Michael “Iggy” Dickson on drums - continues to extend their reach and fan-base, having released a music video to national TV and anticipating an album release sometime in 2015. Has the Joe Stamm Band “made it”? – “No,” Stamm answers, “and what does even mean? I’m not concerned with ‘making it’ or topping any charts or moving to Nashville. We just want to make the best music we possibly can, inspiring and entertaining the people around us right now. If we keep doing it right, the people who identify with us and our music will continue to grow in number and enthusiasm. That’s our goal. That’s what we want. We started this thing in the grassroots of central Illinois. And we plan to stay firmly rooted. Roots and growth are dependent on one another. We trust our fans will keep us centered on both.”

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