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NEW for 2018!
release date: March 2, 2018
but you can buy it now -- only here
Bestseller CD of 2017 is here and everywhere!
longing for Christmas?
Holiday CD of guitar music:
Parlor Guitar Christmas
or this one with singing too:
How Like The Holly
Other recent CDs you may
be looking for:
bird in this world hot disc!
Looking for Clawhammer Banjo?
the latest award-winning banjo cd from Joel in 2013:
& other banjo visitations
and there's Joel's previous hit banjo album from 2007 --
THE BANJO MONOLOGUES
From 2011, all trad
greatest hits (!?!?!)
JOEL MABUS -- RETOLD
OR JUST CLICK HERE TO SEE THE WHOLE CD CATALOG
"It's hard to imagine another artist on the folk scene
who combines the same
concise, deceptively understated, lyrical insight and sometimes devastating wit with such world-class instrumental prowess"
Chris Rietz, MUSICHOUND FOLK, The Essential Album Guide
is a free-ranging fretboard genius and funny, deep songwriter whose warm
sly humor, and musicianship sweep audiences along for the ride.
"Throughout his career, Joel Mabus has interwoven creativity and
traditional music in satisfying balance. In concert, Joel Mabus connects.
Performing in a gentle, easy manner, he may lull his audience into a relaxed
state, then roll them on the floor with laughter or make them sit up and think,
or stun them with his instrumental pyrotechnics.
"Joel Mabus can be summed up in one word: Style. He oozes with style:
homespun sophistication, mellow innovation, low-key wizardry, and uncynical
Cornell Folk Song
"Joel is one of those
quintessentially Midwestern American artists...
He has a style we will always associate
with Will Rogers or Mark Twain,
and a great sense of humour which
compliments, rather than contradicts,
some very serious material.
He has perfected the art of
being entertaining without pandering,
he teaches without lecturing,
and does it all with great style."
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The Latest News
and how to buy them
(An overview of my recordings with a link to each CD with track listings and
Parlor Guitar Book -- ten
(published by Hal Leonard, inc. in 2006)
(ALL of my song
lyrics album-by-album are here -- don't go to those rip-off lyric sites)
(recent reviews of CDs)
(music, tab, and lead sheets for selected pieces)
(every song & tune in alphabetical order with the CD each is on!)
MP3 PAGE (incl.
"download of the moment")
(free samples -- check for new additions, or old stuff -- who knows?)
PAGE -- free listen to 10 entire songs!
Yes, Virginia, there still is a myspace. Last time I checked, you could
still hear songs, but it looked weird. I use it as a sort of
"yellow page" listing. I NEVER do email exchanges from or to there,
but I do keep a listen-only set of songs there, where you can sample some of my
(click here to book a date if you would like to hire me for an upcoming show.
Includes promo info, tech sheet, and other details)
(An easy-to-use page for all your publicity needs -- text and photos)
(excruciating detail, for those who need the nitty gritty)
Photos old & new
family pics, early career and
current promo shots in 75, 150, or 300 dpi)
ARE all these people?
(a long, but partial, list of some acts
famous & obscure -- I've had the pleasure to perform with)
(detailed answers to frequently asked questions about my techniques
and attitudes concerning playing, writing & performing music)
(lesson handouts from my festival and camp workshops)
(archive of Performer's Columns I've written for the F.A. Newsletter)
songwriter's online journal, or "blog" as the kids say. . Rants, opinions, and whimsy.
Currently on extended hiatus, but hours worth of reading is here for the
(a few worthwhile websites)
send me a letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
my email list
hear from me occasionally -- click the link to read all about it,
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PO BOX 306
PORTAGE MI 49081
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November 07, 2018