This weekend the Wells Fargo Restaurant in Virginia City will host legendary musician Jerry Joseph for three nights of live music and entertainment, bringing in a powerful rock and roll trio that draws a loyal following of fans from across the country.
After playing with his band The Jackmormons for nearly 20 years, Joseph describes the group as a once-in-a-lifetime band. He originally gained recognition in the early 1980’s with the band Little Women, and also helped the cult-favorite jam band Widespread Panic get their start. Throughout his career the truth and honesty conveyed through his music has generated a dedicated fan base, said Virginia City resident and friend Scott Kelley, and when they come to see him play the atmosphere is electric.
“You’ve got people that have anticipated this literally all year,” Kelley said of the back to back to back shows starting this Friday night. “I’m a big fan too.”
As for Joseph, he’s played in Montana for almost his whole career. He had roots here as a young boy, and fondly remembers fishing the trout pond at Lions Club Park in Ennis. For someone who has played all over the world, Joseph enjoys coming to Virginia City because of rustic, small town atmosphere.
“It’s a really great town, and we really love Scott and Amy. So it’s an annual thing for us,” Joseph said on Tuesday while driving from his Portland home to Whitefish for a concert on Thursday.
Kelley describes Jerry Joseph as an incredibly gifted songwriter, and an intelligent human being beyond that, adding that the music “powerful and honest.”
“They really play off each other well,” Kelley said of the band. “It all comes from the heart. He’s just a very truthful dude.”
When asked to describe his music, Joseph says at the end of the day it’s his personal interpretation of whatever it is he’s addressing.
“It’s taken me a long time in my career to learn that I don’t need to explain everything,” said Joseph. “You look at a painting and you come up with your own opinions. You like it, you hate it, whatever and you walk away with your own answers.”
“I think everybody’s looking through a different window, you know.”
Guitarist Bret Mosley will open for Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons at the Wells Fargo all three nights starting at 8 p.m., and tickets are $20 per night. For more information about Joseph and upcoming performances, visit his website at www.jerryjoseph.com.