Joey Huffman, one of our good friends and a great musician needs our help. As many of you know, Joey is a contributor here on The Backstage Beat writing his great tales of his life on the road. “Postcards from the Road” is filled with stories and humor that only Joey can bring you.
Joey was recently in a very serious car accident and The Backstage Beat is wanting to help as much as we can. Atlanta is filled with musicians and music lovers and I am asking every one of you to help him out.
When I asked him what exactly happened, this is what he told me:
“I left Atlanta to drive to Kentucky for my mother’s viewing and funeral on Saturday, November 20. I had over slept and was in a hurry. I was very upset and distracted. You never expect it to happen to you. I was on I-75 heading north around Sweetwater, TN. I had just passed a car and neglected to look in my blind spot right away. I started to merge and then checked and saw that the truck that I was passing had sped up and I was about to hit it. I overcompensated jerking my wheel back to the left and then the right and I lost control. I clipped the back of the truck and that put me sideways. Then the car rolled three times. I don’t really remember the roll because I was knocked unconscious the first roll. I woke up upside down with my seatbelt on and turned off the ignition. I was pretty stunned. I thought that I had crawled out of the driver’s side window but a marine who had stopped to help said that he pulled me out the passenger’s side. I was bleeding from a massive lead laceration. I don’t remember much after that. I was taken to the UT medical center in a helicopter. They checked my neck and spine for injuries but they found nothing wrong but a concussion. I am Lucky to be alive. People have been injured much worse by far less of an accident. I was released from the hospital about 10:00pm. A good friend drove down from Pikeville drove down and carried me to KY so I could at least attend my mother’s funeral.
In an economy where everyone is struggling I was barely keeping myself afloat. That accident hit me hard. I was left without transportation. My piano was ejected from the car and destroyed leaving me without the tools of my trade. I had car insurance but I don’t have health insurance. Between the life flight (which was $16,000 alone), the radiologist, the doctor and hospital bill I owe over $20,000.00. I have to buy another piano and I have no money saved to do that. I had to buy another SUV to carry my equipment in. I can barely pay for that. I hate to ask for help. I feel like a beggar with my hat in my hand. But I have no choice.”
To donate money through Paypal navigate to this address HERE or if you are uncomfortable with Paypal you can send your donation to:
2300 Holcomb Bridge Road
Roswell, GA 30076
Here is a little more about Joey:
Joey Has toured or performed with the following artists:
- Michelle Malone and Drag the River
- The Hellhounds
- The Indigo Girls
- Isaac Hayes
- Keith Richards & the Expensive Winos (keyboard tech)
- Izzy Stradlin
- Soul Asylum
- Drivin n Cryin
- Matchbox Twenty
- The Georgia Satellites
- Iggy Pop
- Lou Reed
- Steven Tyler
- Hank Williams Jr.
- Lynyrd Skynyrd
- Burns & Poe
- Butch Walker
Joey has recorded with the following artists:
1988 Witness Witness Guitar, Keyboards
1990 Relentless Michelle Malone & Drag the River Keyboards
1991 Fact and Fiction Kristen Hall Piano
1991 Listen Now Live at the Hollywood Palladium (December 15, 1988) Keith Richards & the X-Pensive Winos Keyboard Technician
1991 Live at the Hollywood Palladium [Box Set + CD Limited Keith Richards & the X-Pensive Winos Keyboard Technician
1992 Better Days Shawn Mullins Organ (Hammond)
1993 Mosaic Month of Sundays Piano
1994 Redemption Dream Band De Soleil Piano, Wurlitzer
1994 Welcome to Struggleville Vigilantes of Love Piano, Organ (Hammond), Hammond Synth
1995 For You Not Them Michelle Malone Keyboards
1995 Hempilation: Freedom Is NORML Various Artists Keyboards
1995 Invitation Moonwater Mellotron
1995 Let Your Dim Light Shine Soul Asylum Organ, Piano, Mellotron
1995 Listen Now No Joke! Meat Puppets Piano, Organ (Hammond)
1995 Seeds Brother Cane Organ, Piano
1995 Wrapped in Sky Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ Organ, Piano, Melodica, Moog Synthesizer
1996 Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Various Artists
1996 V.O.L. Vigilantes of Love Piano, Organ (Hammond)
1996 Yourself or Someone Like You [Australia] Matchbox 20 Keyboards
1997 4 Songs David Ryan Harris Mellotron
1997 Beneath the Devil Moon Michelle Malone Wurlitzer
1997 David Ryan Harris David Ryan Harris Moog Synthesizer, Mellotron, Chamberlin
1997 Gasolina! Five Eight Keyboards
1997 Lost Wire Transfer People Who Must Organ, Piano, Accordion, Mellotron, Fender Rhodes, String Arrangements
1997 Shake It Up Memory Dean Organ, Piano, Keyboards
1998 Fiend Without a Face Fiend Without a Face Piano
1999 Essential Live Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ Piano, Organ (Hammond), Engineer
1999 Home Grown Michelle Malone Piano, Organ (Hammond), Wurlitzer
2000 Black Gold: The Best of Soul Asylum Soul Asylum Keyboards
2000 Clearing Dominic Gaudious Keyboards, Mixing
2000 Long 33 1/3 Play Buffalo Nickel Musician
2000 Listen Now Ultimate Collection Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ Keyboards
2001 Ill Mic Ill Mic Strings, Organ (Hammond)
2002 Albatross Gary Stier Mellotron
2002 Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections [Clean] Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections Bass, Guitar, Piano, Engineer
2002 Night of Stars and Guitars [Live] Willie Nelson and Friends Piano,organ
2002 Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfectio Engineer
2003 Light of Day: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen Various Artists Piano
2003 Stompin’ Ground Michelle Malone and The Low-Down Georgia Piano, Organ (Hammond), Wurlitzer
2004 7:30 A.M. Stevie Tombstone Keyboards
2004 After the Flood: Live at the Grand Forks Prom June 28 Soul Asylum Keyboards, Group Member
2004 Hangover You Don’t Deserve [Clean] Bowling for Soup Vocals (bckgr), Musician
2004 Hangover You Don’t Deserve [DualDisc] Bowling for Soup Vocals (bckgr), Musician
2004 Hangover You Don’t Deserve [Japan Bonus Tracks] Bowling for Soup Vocals (bckgr)
2004 Hangover You Don’t Deserve Bowling for Soup Vocals (bckgr), Musician
2004 High Humidity The Wet Willie Band Remixing, Mastering, Remastering
2004 Is This Progress? Obsoletes Wurlitzer
2004 Kevn Kinney’s Sun Tangled Angel Revival Kevn Kinney’s Sun Tangled Angel Revival Keyboards
2004 Letters Butch Walker Organ, Piano, Organ (Hammond), Mellotron, Wurlitzer
2005 Kerosene Miranda Lambert Keyboards
2005 Snow Curt Kirkwood Composer
2005 Sweet Southern Soul Liz Melendez Band Keyboards
2006 Brooklyn Way The Lordz Musician
2006 Closet Freak: The Best of Cee-Lo Green the Soul Machi Cee-Lo Piano, Engineer
2006 Comin’ Round Again Kevn Kinney’s Sun Tangled Angel Revival Organ (Hammond), Wurlitzer
2006 Great Burrito Extortion Case [Clean] Bowling for Soup Organ, Piano, Moog Synthesizer
2006 Great Burrito Extortion Case Bowling for Soup Organ, Piano, Moog Synthesizer
2006 Silver Lining Soul Asylum Organ, Keyboards
2007 Devils Game Steve Tombstone Keyboards, Producer
2008 Lines Sam Thacker Piano, Organ (Hammond), Wurlitzer
2008 Rev It Up and Go-Go Jesse James Dupree & Dixie Inc. Keyboards
2009 Beneath the Devil Moon/Lucky to Be Live Michelle Malone Wurlitzer
2009 Great American Bubble Factory [Bonus Disc] Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ Organ, Piano
He stays busy recording, producing artists and playing live. He would love to play on or produce your next record. His rates are competitive and he can come to you or you can send him files from anywhere in the world and he will play on your record.
Thank you all very taking the time to read this and please give a donation if you can. Even if it is small, every little bit will help.
~Ange Alex and The Backstage Beat Team
Cry With Us! Puddles Pity Party in Orlando
I owe him a poem:
Here’s a story of a sad clown who one night in February was traveling through O-town.
He brought a suitcase and a lot of gum, he brought music and videos and tons of fun.
He sang high but mostly he sang low, and he put of one hell of a good show.
He gave a bearded guy a cupcake and danced with a lady, a wolf he would make
There is no doubt he is a boss sir, he even got love from Kevin Costner.
Fans filled the plaza for a night of delight as the 7 foot clown gave us some real insight.
He sang Bowie and Queen and even some Who, also Cash, Lorde and “Let it go” too
Videos played of pets and babies crying, also beautiful artwork and people smiling.
Last night Orlando was anything but mad as we showed much love for a clown that is sad.
Ok, I’d cry too after that poem. Here’s some more info:
If you haven’t been to see a Puddles Pity Party show, you are missing out.
The show had me smiling and laughing so hard my stomach hurt, but I was also moved so many times by the range of Puddles voice. True entertainment never gets old and I have a feeling he is going to last forever.
I loved the interaction he had with the crowd. He pulled numerous people up to help him on stage and all of them were good sports, one man even singing the entire song, “All by myself” karaoke style! The show was so well thought out and planned but with room for some hilarious improv. Especially at the end when he pulled the 3 fans from the audience dressed like clowns. At the end of them performing together, Puddles suddenly remembers that he is scared of clowns! Genius!
Hands down one of the best performances I’ve seen in years.
Kingsized Holiday Fun! Big Mike is Back at the Variety Playhouse!
Big Mike Geier and his Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll Orchestra, along with the Dames Aflame Dancers, Lil’ Santa and other special guests, bring tidings of comfort and joy with their signature glitz and glamour in what has become a tinsel-time tradition at the Variety Playhouse. The all-ages 90-minute show features your Holiday favorites by the likes of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Heat Miser, The Grinch and more!
We caught up with Big Mike to ask a few questions.
TBB: Big Mike! It’s been a couple years since we had the pleasure of seeing you perform live. We are so excited to be back in Atlanta and we are ready for this show. What can you tell us about this years event?
Big Mike: Welcome back to Atlanta, Ange! We’re also excited to be in town for another wild and wonderful Holiday Jubilee. We like to honor the tradition that the Jubilee has become and don’t mess too much with the format. You can expect the always magnificent sounds of the 12-piece Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll orchestra performing your favorite holiday classics and the dazzling Dames Aflame dancers providing the glamour. The show is all about holiday nostalgia, whatever that means to you: Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Donnie Hathaway, The Grinch, Rankin Bass, Peanuts, the Dreidel Song? It’s all in there.
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