The iconic Janis Joplin was a Texas-born tornado that briefly but decisively tore across the musical landscape of the late 1960s, schooling that peace-and-love generation in the meaning of the blues. On the opposite end of the stylistic spectrum, Stevie Nicks was the California curiosity-shop coquette whose elf-queen persona has been described as having "cast an arcane and eldritch spell — turning the wasteland of mainstream music into a lush forest (and scattering small woodland creatures before her formidable boots)." Although Joseph believes these rock divas "have nothing in common," they are a natural fit for Joseph's powerful vocals, which makes for a terrifically compelling show.
"I've done Janis and Stevie songs for years, but I never thought of doing a whole show around either one," explains Joseph, adding that she "didn't want to spend a whole night being other people" without a chance to show how those artists have influenced her own work.
A performer of impeccable musical pedigree (her family tree includes both cousin Jon Bon Jovi and the beloved American tenor Mario Lanza), Jody Joseph is a diminutive dynamo known as "The Hardest Working Woman in Shore Business." She has long been a familiar figure at venues up and down the New Jersey coast, from a host of favorite neighborhood watering holes to the legendary stages of the Stone Pony and the Paramount Theater. Joseph has also garnered widespread acclaim for the self-released recordings Live at the Stone Pony and The Only Way Out is Through.