Title - ‘More Yesterdays Than Tomorrows'
Artist - Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers
For those not in the know, Joe Grushecky is a rock musician in the United States known for his work with the Iron City Houserockers in the late 1970s and early 1980s; and for his works since the late the 1980s with his act Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers; and for his solo career.
In 1976, Joe Grushecky a relative of Isabel, a high school special education teacher, started the Brick Alley Band. Grushecky's new band was a typical bar band. They signed to Cleveland International Records in 1977, who rechristened them the Iron City Houserockers.
The band's first album was Love's So Tough, released in 1979, and was a fair success. Their next album, Have a Good Time but Get out Alive! (released in 1980), was a bigger success.
Two more albums followed, Blood on the Bricks in 1981 and Cracking Under Pressure (1983 as The Houserockers). By 1984, the band wasn't selling many records anymore and they were dropped by MCA Records. They broke up shortly thereafter.
After the breakup of the Iron City Houserockers, Grushecky returned home to Pittsburgh where he retook his teaching job (which he still holds). He also began to sharpen his songwriting. He released a single entitled "Good Bye Steeltown". Finally, in 1989, he fully re-emerged with his new act, Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers.
Grushecky's first new album since the Iron City Houserockers days was Rock & Real, released in 1989. It would be followed by seven more albums, including 1995's American Babylon, which was produced by Bruce Springsteen.
Grushecky's more recent albums include Fingerprints (2002), A Good Life (2006), East Carson Street (2009), We're Not Dead Yet - Live at the New Hazlet Theater (2011), and Somewhere East of Eden (2013), but now he's back with the highly impressive More Yesterdays Than Tomorrows.
Listening to the album now and it's obvious that Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers have been hard at work for a while on constructing one of the most solid, multi-playable albums I've heard, and enjoyed, in the past decade.
Joining Grushecky on the album is guitarist Danny Gochnour, bassist Jeff Garrison, and drummer Joffo Simmons, as well as a certain person that Grushecky has known for years. “My son, Johnny, who was born a Houserocker, steps into a new role as producer along with our soundman, Brian Coleman, and long-time producer, Rick Witkowski," Grushecky reveals. "Together, they have fashioned a sound that is both fresh and familiar.”
Released on Schoolhouse Records this past March 30th, 2018, and with a year and a half of writing and recording having gone into this record, they finally settled on 11 new songs and a cover of the old gospel tune, 'Ain’t No Grave.'
1. 'More Yesterdays Than Tomorrows'
2. 'Got To Go To Work Today'
3. 'That's What Makes Us Great' (featuring Bruce Springsteen)
4. 'Burn Us Down'
5. 'One Beautiful Night'
6. 'Blood, Sweat And Beers'
7. 'The Voice'
8. 'Work In Progress'
9. 'Rev It Up'
10. 'Hell To Pay'
11. 'Ain't No Grave'
12. 'Don't Mourn For Me Like That'
Also, being the first studio Houserocker record since 2009, Joe and the guys decided to ask for the support of their loyal legion of fans in bringing this album to commercial life.
Recognising they needed help in bringing the attention to it that they thought it deserves, and rightly so, they created a Pledge Music campaign for it (see below).
This meant that for all their fans who have continued to support them for the last 40 years or so, by pre-ordering, they were all able to receive exclusive updates from the guys throughout the campaign via the AccessPass that comes with every purchase.
In addition to the new album, in their pledge store you can purchase live performances, items from their personal collections, and other exclusive merchandise.
As for the record that you'll get thereafter, well, as mentioned, More Yesterdays Than Tomorrows is a phenomenally tight album that will rock you from morning til' night, if you allow it to infect your brain!
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