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These Days

by Joe Rohan

Great American Rock with a Story and a Heartbeat- With his 2005 release "These Days" Joe Rohan continues to demonstrate his ability to capture scenes from life, like polaroid snapshots and translate them through a soulful mix of fiery rockers, acoustic ba
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Desert Love
3:09 $0.99
2. Lovestruck Romeo
3:24 $0.99
3. These Days
3:34 $0.99
4. Blown Away
3:53 $0.99
5. James Dean
2:40 $0.99
6. So Many Eyes
2:49 $0.99
7. Angeline
4:41 $0.99
8. Cold Winter Day
4:31 $0.99
9. Pair of Horses
3:24 $0.99
10. Ring of Fire
3:39 $0.99
11. The Moon
2:44 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Buoyed by his powerful voice, Joe Rohan somehow successfully walks the intersection of blues, rock and country without losing his musical identity along the way." - Cleveland Magazine

With his 2005 CD release, These Days, Joe Rohan continues to demonstrate his ability to capture scenes from life, like polaroid snapshots and translate them through a soulful mix of fiery rockers, acoustic ballads and blues-washed melodies. The follow up to his 2003 debut, contains songs that showcase a story-telling ability from the perspective of an artist who has been touring nationally for two straight years. Finally the dues Rohan is paying on the road are leaving a mark on the one medium he knows and exhibits best, his songs. That, and he is an endearing performer on the verge of some great things.

It's a special artist that can take a situation, a relationship, or a moment in time, and transform it into the soundtrack for a memory. With each song, Rohan does just that by combining infectious grooves, soulful melodies and stories that capture scenes from life, like polaroids in a scrapbook. At the heart of every song is Rohan's voice, strong and smooth, with just the right amount of grit to deliver his own slice of America.

Though young in his songwriting career, Joe is no stranger to the world of music. Before stepping out as a songwriter, he spent several years anchoring rhythm sections as a live and session drummer for some of the Midwest's top songwriters and entertainers.

Since the release of his debut CD Walk Along in 2003, Joe has developed a grassroots following that starts in Northeast Ohio and reaches the shorelines in markets such as Baltimore, New Orleans and San Francisco. In addition to performing as a headliner in many venues nationwide, he has also opened for national artists such as James Taylor and Dave Matthews.

While crafting his own songs, Rohan continues to include covers as part of his repertoire at performances and even on his recordings. If you catch him on a long set at his favorite hometown haunt, Flannery's you'll hear customized versions of songs that span the full gamut of his influences. These include:

Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Police, John Hiatt, Tom Petty, Black Crowes, Counting Crows, Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Dave Matthews, Radiohead, Damian Rice, Stone Temple Pilots, Maroon 5, Blue Merle, Coldplay and more."

As a performer, Joe's contagious appeal is as apparent from the stage as it is in his music. Since his debut in 2003 he has performed for live, radio and television audiences throughout the United States. Back home in Cleveland he has been recognized two years in a row at the Cleveland Free Times Music Awards being voted Best American Roots Artist in 2004 and Male Singer/Songwriter of the Year in 2005.

In the months ahead Joe will be supporting his new release These Days with a series of performances around the greater United States. He is also currently in the studio producing the new CD for friend and fellow songwriter, Scott Smith to be released in Fall/Winter 2005.

Mike Farley
Michael J. Media Group



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Minor 7th Webzine

Shawn Colvin, John Gorka, the early 90s -- a particularly fertile period for singer-songwriter types -- all come to mind upon first hearing Joe Rohan's second release "These Days." Comparisons could also be made to more contemporary aritists such as Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, and Train, especially to Train's "Meet Virginia" or their mega hit "Drops of Jupiter." What "These Days" lacks, however, is the production to bring what Rohan's doing up to date. Perhaps this is why the tracks with the most bare bones production are the standouts. Rohan shines his brightest and comes off his most original on the brief and poignant "James Dean." The simple, modest acoustic guitar accompaniment allows the song to breathe and Rohan's personality to emerge. The groovy "Lovestruck Romeo," with its bluesy acoustic riff and soulful vocal, also manages to escape sounding dated and is one of the best songs on "These Days." While the production on "These Days" breaks no new ground, it must be said that the musicianship is highly competent and the performances flawless. Curtis Leonard's guitar, Scott Smith's harmonica, and Mark Leach¹s Hammond B3 accent and flavor "These Days" throughout, keeping things interesting. The most, as they say, radio friendly track is probably "So Many Eyes," a driving, rock tune that displays best Rohan's obvious pop sensibilities. The drive present on "So Many Eyes," as well as on all tracks with drums, is provided by none other than Rohan himself. Rohan also contributes tasteful dobro and keyboards to "These Days." A truly talented artist.

Rambles Music Review

These Days is a Hypnotic Album!
Joe Rohan's These Days opens, simply enough, on the blue-toned but frothy "Desert Love." It's a bit fluffy, but Rohan's denim-comfortable voice and comfortable blues-rock style glide smoothly in to the deeper and darker thoughts of "Lovestruck Romeo."

With each track layering on new layers of complexity, Rohan's songs develop a magnetic pull. Each song becomes a little deeper, a little more complicated and a little more solid. "These Days" begins to take a definite form, with Rohan's blues tendencies coming through more strongly. By the midpoint of the album, Rohan's sometimes wild flights of feeling focus to laser sharp images and solid, fleshy women. The click of bootheels on deserted roads is almost audible in "James Dean," while "Angeline" swings harmonica hips in rocking rhythm to a hopeful lover's musical plea. "Cold Winter Day" wraps its slow blue notes around the bones and lifts the spirits towards a cold, watery light with the gospel call of a Hammond organ.

But just as Rohan's sound is at its bluest and deepest, his words achieving an almost physical solidity, he reverses the force of the album. "Pair of Horses" carries These Days back into the open sky, with a winding open tune that has more than a touch of wandering folk to it. "Ring of Fire" is what it has to be, a free, galloping tune barely held in check by its own insistent rhythm. "The Moon" ends the album back in the dreaming, malleable stream of consciousness territory where it began.

These Days is a hypnotic album with the dark lure of an unexplored cave and the unexpected pull of an undertow. Like a sweet romance with a melancholy ending in sight, it's hard to resist.

by Sarah Meador
18 February 2006


Perfect. Soulful. Fun. Ah.
This CD has fabulous lyrics and the music goes right through you. It's a gather-with-good-friends-and-good-drink type cd as well as a little-time-to-yourself type cd. Buy it and do both!

Deb Faber

Excellent! Makes me sway, makes me groove, makes me turn it up and smile!
Loved the CD, love CD Baby! I'll be back.