Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons

Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons hit The Lariat stage Friday at 9 p.m.

Jerry Joseph is a prolific and accomplished songwriter, writing hits for Widespread Panic and releasing 30 albums in his 30-plus-year career.

He’s a solo artist who’s also performed with the Jackmormons, supergroup Stockholm Syndrome, his burning two-piece The Denmark Veseys, or originally with his beloved ‘80s cult band Little Women.

The prolific writer has released more than 30 records and has a catalog of over 250 original songs and counting. Joseph has always stayed busy on the road, not only touring the U.S., but also far-flung, under-explored locales.

In the past couple years he has traveled to war-torn regions to bring supplies and teach and share music. In 2015 he brought instruments and volunteered as a music instructor at an underground co-ed rock school in Kabul, Afghanistan and brought guitars and supplies and taught and performed for the residents of a permanent refugee camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

“For me, it was pretty profound. There were these teenage girls learning to play, Syrian Kurds. I wonder sometimes about the power or magic of music, but we certainly attach a lot to it. I think that there are these moments that I’ve found where music does make a difference. Showing these kids how to play a few guitar chords or teaching them “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley and teaching them about empowerment.”

Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons hit The Lariat stage at 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 13. $10 cover.

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