Joe Uveges has meandered the path of quiet musical anonymity on Colorado's front range for more than 20 years now. Raised a farm kid in Schoharie New York, pummeled by liberal academics at Union College and Catholic University, a grizzled veteran of bar bands and coffeehouses, he should be a burned out skeleton of a man playing Allman Brother covers, tipping lukewarm Coors from a can, and lamenting broken marriages and illegitimate kids. He is not.
Joe is currently promoting album #9, "When the Smoke Clears", a true country disc he co-produced with co-writer and fabulous vocalist Stephanie Pauline. This disc is a rather large departure from Joe's folk roots, but remains true to the quality of writing he strives to achieve. You can read more about the production under "Albums".
Instead, 21 years into a delightful marriage and parenting all of his children (with varying degrees of success) he has been touring the country promoting his last 6 CDs: "One Down, Own Across" (2002), "Promise of Portage" (2004), "Up Please" (2005), which was a collaboration with Jim Sokol and Phil Volan, "When Freedom Calls (2007), "Joe Uveges: Just for Grins" (2007), and "Driving" (2008) with Susan Rissman and JK Braithwaite. Both "One Down" and "Portage" were awarded "Best of" awards in their respective years in Southern Colorado. "Up Please", meanwhile, is a CD that fans of Volan, Uveges & Sokol have waited 15 years for and the harmonies are relentless and evocative.
The recent collaboration with Susan Rissman and KJ Braithwaite was described as "Outstanding" by The Colorado Springs Gazette. It is definitely the most commercially viable product that Joe has ever been involved in. From driving rock to country ballads, percussive funk to adult contemporary listening, the songwriting is extraordinary and the production sublime.
Along with pondering books by Gary Renard and Mary Doria Russell, Joe does children's shows in affiliation with an organization called Earthseeds. Earthseeds is a non-profit which is dedicated to spreading visual images of the earth to people worldwide. The children's program promotes the unique notion that we are all in a sense "astronauts" on this small, beautiful, planet winding through space at 66,000 miles an hour. For more info on Earthseeds you can visit www.earthseeds.com
Joe currently resides in Colorado Springs with his incomparably brilliant wife, Kristen and his two children, Katie (14) and Andrew (6). They live in a small older home which suffers from the quality of neglect that only a musician can seem to manifest in real life. See the July, 2007 edition of Uveges News for a typical work related housing update. If time is a non-issue, laughter is a priority and parenting is the daily reality, "race" to the January, 2008 edition of the newsletter.