Artist Description |
Joe Boettger's songwriting career began as he penned his first song in 1979 at the age of seventeen. It was a classic rock epic eight minutes in length for a starry-eyed group of high school musicians. That band evolved into another and then another until by 1985 he had written or co-written three albums worth of material, of which one album and two singles were independently produced. Youthful optimism eventually gave way to middle-aged pragmatism as the industry continually turned a punk/grunge deafened ear to his work. He took sideman work with touring acts and local club cover acts to pay the bills.
Through it all he continued to write, more for the love of writing, the need to express, than any concern toward marketability. Still, a 1990 EP would sell over 500 copies through fanmail list orders alone, without any tour or radio support. He managed to write and cut some excellent tracks for an as yet unpublished screenplay and play on other artists' independent releases. This was all done at a wage equal or below poverty level, for that is what America pays her artists.
He has seen more than his share of shattered dreams and heard more than enough empty promises. He has paid his dues in spades. Ever clever, he continues to elude the wolves that keep constant vigil at his door. He has even managed to capture a remarkable amount of his life in his songs. A diamond in the rough, he is platinum waiting to shine, and just as happy waiting as shining.