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King Of Echo Park

by Brian Joseph

East Los Angeles eclectic singer-songwriter acoustic pop. Randy Newman meets Los Lobos.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. God Save The King
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2. Cal's Chevy
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3. Nobody Misses You
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4. Walk On Alvarado
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5. Louise
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6. What's That Sound
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7. King Of Echo Park
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8. The Road To Endarkenment
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9. Cordelia
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10. No Big Deal
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11. Ways Of The Cool
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12. Hallelujah
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13. God Bless The Storm
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
If Elvis was the king of rock, and Michael Jackson the king of pop, who's the king of Echo Park? The answer is a tall, slim young man by the name of Brian Joseph.
In February of 2000, he abandoned all the glamorous
trappings of life as a Los Angeles actor for the glory and
prestige of being a full-time folk singer. For a decade, his acting had been met with critical acclaim and awards, including a Shellie award in 1999 for his portrayl of Rodolpho in "A View From The Bridge." Although he had been praised for his work in many stage, television and film productions, both domestically and internationally, he was more well known for his portrayl of Cheesy the Pizza Slice in a tv commercial than for his role as Roderigo in "Othello" or Dromio in "A Comedy of Errors." Not that he wasn't a convincing slice of pizza, but something was just not right. Being an actor had simply become a day job.
So in response to the demands of an increasingly pushy fan base, Joseph returned to his first love - music. In 1999 he recorded his first cd, "Somewhere It's True," a collection of his own jazzy folk compositions. It was very warmly received. Disc jockey Bob McWilliams (Trail Mix, KANU-FM) called it "...one of the best debut albums by anyone I have ever heard. Period."
He has since toured internationally, playing in venues from Havana, Cuba, to New York, San Francisco, and Wamego, Kansas. His stage show is simultaneously fun and soulful, combining extemporaneous songwriting, myriad forms of audience interaction and humiliation, and his own intelligent, politically conscious urban-folk sound, which falls somewhere between Paul Simon, Randy Newman and Mose Allison.
His first two recordings and his constant touring have generated not only rave reviews, but a stream of accolades and awards. Recently he has appeared on the main stage at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and The Kerrville Folk Festival, and won the prestigious Telluride Troubador competition.
this is Joseph's third cd, "King of Echo Park," produced by legendary songwriter and producer Wendy Waldman. It features the stellar musical talents of Danny Donnelly (Kenny Loggins Band), Kenny Edwards (Linda Ronstadt, Don Henley), Freebo (Bonnie Raitt, Crosby, Stills & Nash), Asdru Sierra and Ulysis Bella (Ozomatli), Julie Wolf (Bruce Cockburn, Ani
Difranco), and many others.

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New York Fan

I love this record
Brian Joseph really knows how to write a song and deliver it with grace, wit and style. I think this is his 3rd cd (well, I own 3 of them) and it is his best yet. He seems to keep growing with each album. I can't wait to hear the next one!
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Judy Meyers

Good Stuff!
This is such a great CD~"Walk on Alvarado" is my favorite song, but they are all special in their own way. "Walk on Alvarado" is just one of those you boogie to! Good Stuff! (But then...so are the songs on his other CDs!)
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Gracie Elza

Causes a smile!
Lyrics on every track invoke thought, and music is put together articulately. Causes a smile, some tracks even a laugh out loud, every time--even alone in the truck on the way to the market! Favorite of Brian Joseph's offerings thus far.
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dan mcmillan

Great sound-- Fun music- witty lyrics
Great CD- well thought out lyrics. A good balance of folk and upbeat pop.
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Dorinda Delena


Every song is fresh and original. The lyrics are humorous and sensitive. I can't get the tunes out of my head! The CD just plays over and over again and I can't bring myself to change it. Brian uses his voice like an instrument. It's wonderful. You should get it!
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Peggy Sue

Very Cool.
I was driving home from picking up a pizza and I heard Brian singing "Cal's Chevy" on a folk program on the local classical radio station. Only I didn't know then who he was. The song ended and Brian gave his web information and I rushed home, jumped online, listened to the samples and ordered "The King of Echo Park." And I LOVE it! Thanks, Brian!
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Heather

Absolutely beautiful...
The songs are simply beautiful. This is one of the best cds I have heard, the writing is brilliant, the music is absolutely beautiful, and it is hard to understand why Brian Joseph is not a household name, there are not many people who can compare to him, in my opinion. Each song tells a story that touches you and stays deep inside your heart.
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Mckay Montague

I saw Brian play at a friends house in Salt Lake
I saw Brian Joseph play at a friends house in Salt Lake a couple months back. I left that night with King Of Echo Park and if I could I would have left with the other two albums as well. That day was definatly one of my best days of the year.
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Suzanne Harland

I'd like to add another 5 stars if I could!
Amazing voice! Amazing lyrics! Amazing tunes! I've had this CD less than a week and know all the songs! WOW! I can't wait for more!
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Rachel

loved it
I saw Brian at the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City and loved his music. He sang a song there though that isn't on any of his currently released CDs...I can't wait for a new one!
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