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Joe Pope and the Emotional Resonance of 'Calumet': A Father-Son Symphony Brewed Over 15 Years



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From a Kentucky Rickhouse to an Atlanta Studio, Joe Pope's Latest Single is a Heartfelt Ode to Family and Life’s Complex Flavours

The Genesis of 'Calumet'

In a secluded Atlanta studio, Joe Pope, along with Maia Frankowski and his son Hughes Pope, has accomplished something extraordinary. His latest single "Calumet" is not merely a song; it’s an emotional memoir that takes listeners on a journey akin to the aging of fine Kentucky bourbon — complex, rich, and deeply personal.


A Family Affair

The story behind "Calumet" is as captivating as the music itself. Fifteen years ago, a blend of corn, rye, and malted barley was poured into a new white oak barrel and stored in a Kentucky rickhouse. It endured the bitterness of winter and the scorch of summer, gaining character and complexity from the wood. This process of aging parallels Joe Pope’s life trials and the transformative conversations he had with his son, Hughes.


Cover art for Joe Pope's single 'Calumet'
Cover art for Joe Pope's single 'Calumet'

Artistic Collaborations and Influences

The song is a family affair in more ways than one. Not only is Hughes making his drumming debut alongside his father, but Joe also produced Hughes' first release, "Misery." The collaboration extends to Maia Frankowski, with whom Joe first crossed paths through his playlist curation venture, JPMusic. Influenced by an eclectic mix of singer-songwriters from the '60s and '70s to modern folk artists like Nathaniel Ratliff and Noah Kahan, Joe Pope's music has already received acclaim.


Praise for Joe Pope

His previous release, "The Window," was praised for its "soothing and calming" qualities. "Calumet" continues this legacy, receiving accolades for its emotionally rich and complex sound.


The Finishing Touch

Produced by Joe’s own Cloudforce Productions, the song captures the essence of life's complexities, much like the intricate flavours of the bourbon that inspired it. It's a beautiful tribute to relationships, resilience, and the passage of time.


For Fans Of

Nathaniel Rateliff

Ray LaMontagne

Noah Kahan

Gregory Alan Isakov

Folk-Infused Singer-Songwriters


Mood

Reflective

Heartfelt

Nostalgic

Uplifting

Emotional



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