"I am a bona-fide hustler making my name," sings Jerry Joseph in the song "New Paper Planes" on his newest CD, "Civility," which he made with Wally Ingram, whom he calls "the preeminent percussion player in the U.S."
If musicians are hustlers, then Joseph has done his best hustling yet with Ingram. "Civility" is a well-crafted CD with excellent instrumentation and deep and meaningful lyrics.
Joseph and Ingram have been on tour with "Civility" and plan to play Ketchum's Whiskey Jacques' on Monday, Dec. 20, at 10 p.m. Tickets are available at the door.
Joseph is no stranger to Ketchum and loves coming to Idaho because, he said, he has many good friends whom he likes to see.
"I'm excited because I have a job—that's cool," Joseph said. "I think that Wally and I have been to a couple picnics at this point so we keep expectations low and all else is gravy."
Joseph said "Civility" clicked for him and Ingram. They had not intended on making a record.
"I had been dealing with some family tragedy," Joseph said. "Wally got me out of the house."
The two went into the studio and recorded a couple of tunes and it ended up being "Civility."
"Life is happening," Joseph said. "The record is not about grief, it's a celebration. It has been an interesting time in our lives."
Joseph said his music is passed on mostly by word of mouth. A video he and Ingram made for "New Paper Planes" is set in Harlem, where Joseph lived until this year when he moved back to Portland.
"It's my postcard to Harlem," Joseph said.
For a complete listing of music events in the valley, see the Music, Dance and Theater section of the Calendar on Page C5.