Final Songwriter Challenge Update From Joe Eddie

Howdy friends of Joe Eddie!

It is with a tinge of disappointment I offer
the news that Joe Eddie was not named a finalist
in the Half Brothers Brewing Company 2018 Songwriter
Challenge. 🙁

The competition ran June through August, with four
song finalists chosen each month by a single judge.
The nine performers (some had multiple songs nominated)
will compete at Half Brothers Brewery tonight for a
panel of judges, the winner earning a prime performance
spot at the upcoming Greenway Takeover Festival.

For my submissions to the songwriter challenge,
I submitted a new song written fresh each week,
which taken together intend to tell a continuous story,
called “As The River Turns: The Red River Adventures Of
Captain Joe Eddie”.

You can listen to all 12 songs in order as a playlist, here:

Although I was not named a finalist for the competition,
I am happy to have the songs, and the story, and the
experience. The song collection was even featured by
columnist Brad Dokken in the Grand Forks Herald
“Outdoors” section!

BRAD DOKKEN COLUMN: August ends with catfish songs and a prized ‘Hen’

In the future, I am hoping to play the songs from
“As The River Turns: The Red River Adventures Of
Captain Joe Eddie” in a series of live shows around
the region, and perhaps record them in a studio, with
some talented musicians, for a full release. I think
the songs will perform well each on their own, and
together they tell a fun and interesting mythological

Congratulations and best of luck in the finals
to the other songwriters, and thanks to Half Brothers
Brewing Company, and coordinator Anthony Diaz and
judge Max Wolpert, and the contest sponsors for
working and contributing to put on the challenge.

Finally, a SPECIAL THANKS to my friends Kevin Grinde
and Dennis Riedhammer, for filming and helping produce
many of the videos in the collection, and for supporting
my efforts in the songwriting challenge, and moreso in the
creation of this artwork, in which I could not have done
so well without them. Thanks guys!

Also, thanks to you, dear readers and fans, for listening!!!
The collection is here, anytime —

Peace and love,
Joe Eddie

As The River Turns: Joe Eddie’s New Song Collection

Howdy fans of Joe Eddie!

I’m so excited to tell everybody the news —

I’ve completed a collection of 12 new folk songs, called
“As The River Turns: The Red River Adventures Of Captain Joe Eddie”.

You can WATCH THE VIDEOS of the ENTIRE COLLECTION, in this YouTube playlist:

The songs were written as part of the summer-long songwriting contest
sponsored by our local brewery, Half Brothers, in downtown Grand Forks.
Contestants are asked to submit a new song, recorded live, each week through the months of June, July, and August.

For my song entries, I decided to write each one as part of a larger collective story.  I’m angling for a sort of river fishing adventure story.

I never even knew there were mermaid brides out there, until I wrote these songs.  I mean I have heard of mermaids, heard of sightings, but I didn’t know if they were really real, let alone that they could become a sailor’s bride.

That’s when I really learned what it meant to be a sailor, what it meant to sail, and all the many ways we all can go a-sailing in our lives, in this world.  We create worlds when we sail, it should be obvious, it’s of the greatest legends of our founding times, how the explorers left England and Spain, to Discover the New World, and they did, they sure did, we’re living it today, with all our politics and policies, our nations and our heroes, it all started with sailing projects.  It’s amazing, we’re literally living in a world created by sailors going out to sea, and so it is now becoming apparent to me how worlds can be created by just setting sail.

It’s a story of discovery and rebirth; and in the end, you’re left to find your own way again.  A little bit lost, but knowing a little bit more, maybe a lot more, than you did before.  It’s very symmetrical, there’s a complete duality to the entire story, and I’m really excited and inspired by the powerful possibilities it represents and promises for future work and adventures.

I hope you’ll listen to the songs as if reading a book, listening to the stories and thinking about them for yourself, a little bit selfishly, as you would a good book:

And I hope you enjoy the songs, and the story.  I realize they’re a little long, and the cuts are a little rough …
Hopefully, in the near future, plans will be made to record and perform all of these songs with more musicians,
with more rehearsal and strength, cooked long like a good catfish stew, and we end up with a nice little folk story.

If you’re following along, I sure thank you, and please feel free to let me know what you think of
“As The River Turns: The Red River Adventures Of Captain Joe Eddie”!

Thanks —
Peace, love,
Joe Eddie

MUSIC VIDEO: The Earring Song

The Earring Song

Twists and turns, acidic burns
In the dark will we find the spark for home

No signs to be seen, just lost in a dream
By 9 Train, I return with the ring

Erin calls for Oisin’s footfalls
Where three hundred years have gone past

Quoth the frog, from a hollow log
Brekekex, brekekex, coax

High upon the sea, and who shall I see?
Craxy Chester and Sweet Ann Marie

Catfish Stew, Catfish Mermaid too
The faces and places I’ve found

‘Round the Horn, where New Hope is borne
Together we weather the storm

Old Coulston’s wall, the fish hook and all
The memory of a lifetime ago

Earring hangs, as Lady Foot dangles
The joy that innocently surrounds

Crashing rocks, we rush for the docks
We find that it’s now stranger than known

Through the light, a new blinding sight
Too radiant, too shining to know