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Thu, Dec 14



Joe Kaplow & Madaline Collins at Hernando's Hide-A-Way

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Joe Kaplow & Madaline Collins at Hernando's Hide-A-Way
Joe Kaplow & Madaline Collins at Hernando's Hide-A-Way

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Dec 14, 2023, 7:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Memphis, 3210 Old Hernando Rd, Memphis, TN 38116, USA

About the event

7PM DOORS/8PM SHOW $12 ADV/$15 DOS ALL AGES Joe Kaplow Madaline Collins

"The first 20 years is just to see if you like it or  not," Jerry Lopez, an iconic surfer, joked about the sport and lifestyle  of surfing.   Joe Kaplow has always admired and glorified that type of  Jedi-like dedication.  After 20 years, Kaplow is pretty sure he likes  making music.

Up until now it was easy for California based songwriter Joe Kaplow to  be pushed along. At eight he was getting screamed at by Uncle Jim  for playing out of time. A few years later found him passing almost  every single after school evening getting stoned and jamming with his  band in Bondar's basement. Years later again he was studying music at  college and having to sink or swim in the sea of talent crowding Boston  streets and finally, for the past 5 years, plugging his amp into the  outlet of American music heritage, driving around and playing shows in  bars, clubs, and coffee shops while figuring out along the way that CDs  are lame and that booking pitches should be concise.  It was almost like  there wasn't time to stop and think.

Recently,  it seems like all he does is think.  When all the momentum, all the  plans, all the validation, all the adventure, and all the money just  stop; when the pushing stops, one may find themselves asking, "Why am I  doing this?"  An underdog without an over-dog is just a dog.

Kaplow  describes music as his "currency for life. We all have something, or a  few things that we do, we work at, we commit to and that's how we pay  for our time here.  It's like life is a Ferris wheel at the county  fair.  You can't just ride all night.  Every 4 times around you have to  stop at the bottom and pay for another half hour or whatever."

When faced with the question, "Why am I doing this?" Kaplow answered, "because this is how I feel best paying for my time."

The title of his second full length album, Sending Money and Stems, is not just a reference  to life currency, but also a description of how the album came to be.   "Normally I would have flown up to Portland and sat in the room with  Mike (Coykendall) as he mixed, but because of covid I had to email him  stems (raw audio files) and we would go back and forth a few times until  we got it right.  When one song was done, I'd text him and be like 'Ok  man, next song coming up; sending money and stems!'"

The new album fills in the holes of Time Spent In Between.   It's more band oriented, more groove based, more uptempo, more hifi,  and more happy go lucky than his previous work.  "Yeah, Time Spent In  Between was a heavy record..."

There's always new  challenges for a working musician.  For Joe and almost everyone else,  the new challenge is promoting an album release without touring.  Thank  God for the internet? But Joe Kaplow will figure it out, just like he  figured out figure-8 mic placement or how to use index pages on  Squarespace.  He'll keep figuring things out because that's how you keep  going. He's pretty sure he likes making music.  He wants to ride the  Ferris wheel all night.

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