Joe Sundell Performs Tuesday Night at the Hole In the Wall
Austin-based songwriter Joe Sundell shares this insightful observation with his fans: “Let the beauty you love be what you do. There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the earth.” The words of philosopher Jalal al-Din couldn’t be more fitting. Sundell seems continually captivated by the evolving beauty that is music.
Sundell’s musical style brings a sense of something familiar, yet simultaneously fresh and contemporary that listeners can fall in love with over and over again. He pens original songs that stem from a variety of genres like country, ragtime, and swing, but the common thread tying it together is a folk music background. His love of music really began at age thirteen, growing up in Monticello, Arkansas, when he first played guitar and learned to strum classics by artists like Freight Train and Greenback Dollar. Later, he honed his performance skills by playing at bars and honky-tonks in Little Rock while he was a student at Hendrix College. The summer after graduating, he took his music around the world to places like Dublin and Berlin, where he spent a great deal of time busking in the streets.
Nowadays, Sundell plays solo shows and with his band The Austin Steamers, and as Joe Sundell and The Show and Tellers with bassist and fellow Arkansan Melissa Carper (The Carper Family) and fiddler Rebecca Patek. Be sure to see him play Tuesday night at the Hole In the Wall, 2538 Guadalupe. Also on the bill are Precious Blood and Susquehanna Hat Co. Make sure you catch all three. Recommended.