Joe Flood

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Joe Flood
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Background information
Born 1960 (age 57–58)
Occupation(s) Musician, Songwriter
Instruments Guitar, Mandolin, Fiddle, Banjo
Years active 1980–present
Labels Diesel Only Records
Associated acts Eric Ambel, The Band, Artie Traum, The Bottle Rockets, the Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band, Danny Fitzgerald

Joe Flood is a musician and songwriter working in Connecticut and New York, although he started his career as a street musician in Europe.[1] A veteran of the '80s NYC roots rock scene, Allmusic has described him as "a true inheritor of the rich rock-blues-country-folk blend of The Band." The Band has also recorded some of his songs, as have Laura Cantrell, the Flying Neutrinos, and the Bottle Rockets. He's also done sessions work for various artists, including Mojo Nixon, Harry Chapin, Kelly Willis, Artie Traum, and Blues Traveller.[2] He's co-written with Jono Manson, Levon Helm, and Jim Weider, among others.[3]

Early Work[edit]

Throughout the 80s, he busked across the United States and Europe, before settling in New York City in 1988. In the early 90s, he performed and played with his band, Mumbo Gumbo, and was at that time described in the New York Times as having "a raspy voice that perfectly straddles the fence between country and blues."[4] A few years later, he independently released his first solo album, Hotel Albert, in 1997. Crippling Crutch, his second album, featured Will Rigby, was produced by and also featured Eric Ambel, and was released by Diesel Only Records in 2001.[3]

Recent Work[edit]

Mumbo Gumbo's singular record was only released in its entirety in 2013.[5] More recently, he self-released an album of translations of Georges Brassens songs in English; [6] produced an album of Danny Fitzgerald and the Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band [7] (whose alumni include Joan Osborne and Madeleine Peyroux);[8] won grants from the city of Middletown, Connecticut and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts to put together an album in tribute to 19th century Middletown songwriters;[9] and wrote and recorded a collection of songs for the Nantucket Historical Association [10][11]


As primary artist[edit]

  • 1990: Mumbo Gumbo
  • 1998: Hotel Albert
  • 2001: Cripplin' Crutch
  • 2010: New Kind of Blue
  • 2013: Mumbo Gumbo (remastered)
  • 2013: Danny Fitzgerald and the Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band
  • 2014: Joe Flood Translates and Sings Georges Brassens
  • 2015: Songs from the Bend in the River
  • 2017: A Troubadour's Tour of Historic Nantucket

Personal Life[edit]

He currently resides in Connecticut with his wife, artist and illustrator Liz Grace. They have two adult children.[12]


  1. ^ "Film's `Fabulous' Pick Bowls Over Songwriter". The Hartford Courant.
  2. ^ "Joe Flood Credits". AllMusic.
  3. ^ a b "Joe Flood — Throwin' Down Roots". No Depression.
  4. ^ Schoemer, Karen. "Pop and Jazz in Review". New York Times.
  5. ^ "Mumbo Gumbo". Band Camp.
  6. ^ "Joe Flood Brings Georges Brassens Music to Life". New Haven Register.
  7. ^ Goodwin, Jeremy. "Danny Fitzgerald's vagabond musical life". The Boston Globe.
  8. ^ "Joe Flood Band to Perform at the Mattatuck Museum".
  9. ^ "Echos of Songs Past". The Middletown Press.
  10. ^ "CD Release Concert with Musician Joe Flood". Nantucket Historical Society.
  11. ^ Nimerfroh, Rebecca. "Playing the Oldies". Nantucket Magazine.
  12. ^ "Guilford's Joe Flood Plays at the Guilford Free Library". The Day. Retrieved 2018-01-01.

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