Waitin' on Joe

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Waitin' On Joe
Studio album by Steve Azar
Released April 16, 2002 (2002-04-16)
Genre Country
Label Mercury Nashville
Producer Rafe VanHoy
Steve Azar chronology
Heartbreak Town
Waitin' on Joe
Singles from Massari
  1. "I Don't Have to Be Me ('til Monday)"
    Released: October 1, 2001
  2. "Waitin' on Joe"
    Released: 2002
  3. "One Good Reason Why"
    Released: 2003

Waitin' on Joe is the title of a studio album by country music artist Steve Azar. It was released in 2002 on Mercury Nashville Records as the second album of his career, six years after his debut album Heartbreak Town. Waitin' on Joe features the singles "I Don't Have to be Me ('Til Monday)" and the title track "Waitin' on Joe". The former was Azar's biggest hit, reaching number on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts and number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it his most successful single to date, while the title track peaked at number 28 on the country charts. A third single, "One Good Reason Why", failed to chart.

Critical reception[edit]

Brian O'Neill of Allmusic gave the album two stars out of five, saying that while Azar "even bucked industry trends by writing, alone or in collaborations, everything" on the album, but called the songs "a paint-by-numbers pandering to the prevalent country radio contingency."[1] Country Standard Time reviewer Jeffrey B. Remz was more favorable, saying, "This is not a perfect album — a bit too contemporary sounding musically, but there's enough here to alleviate waitin' on Azar."[2]

Azar released another single for Mercury in 2005, entitled "Doin' It Right", and after this single failed to reach Top 40 on the country charts. He exited the label in favor of Midas Records Nashville, charting one single for that label but not releasing an album for that label. A third album, Indianola, was finally released in May 2008 on his own label.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I Don't Have to Be Me ('til Monday)" (Steve Azar, Jason Young, R.C. Bannon) - 3:16
  2. "How Long Is This Time Gonna Be" (Azar, Rafe VanHoy) - 4:05
  3. "Damn the Money" (Azar, VanHoy, Stacy Beyer) - 3:26
  4. "Waitin' on Joe" (Azar) - 4:19
  5. "My Heart Wants to Run" (Azar) - 4:03
  6. "The Underdog" (Azar, VanHoy) - 3:51
  7. "One Good Reason Why" (Azar, VanHoy) - 3:17
  8. "Lay Your Heart Next to Mine" (Azar, VanHoy) - 3:56
  9. "Goin' to Beat the Devil (To See My Angel Tonight)" (Azar, A. J. Masters, Johnny Douglas) - 2:56
  10. "You Don't Know How It Feels" (Azar, VanHoy) - 4:20
  11. "River's on the Rise" (Roger Murrah, Mark Paul, Azar) - 5:48


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 29
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 31


  1. ^ O'Neill, Brian. "Waitin' on Joe review". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Remz, Jeffrey B. "Waitin' on Joe review". Country Standard Time. Retrieved 25 January 2010.