Daily Discovery: Joe Hysell (The Dirt Road Ramblers), “Workin’ Too Hard”


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ARTIST: Joe Hysell (The Dirt Road Ramblers)

SONG: “Workin’ Too Hard”

HOMETOWN: Winter Haven, Florida and Minneapolis, Minnesota

CURRENT LOCATIONMinneapolis, Minnesota

AMBITIONS: Write great songs, get em published, rent em out like Airbnb

TURN-OFFS: Arrogance, pettiness, Mumford & Sons

TURN-ONS: Laughter, intelligence, Alison Krauss

DREAM GIG: Opening for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at an outdoor amphitheater anywhere down south.

FAVORITE LYRIC: “Nothing you would take/Everything you gave/Hold me til I die/Meet you on the other side”

SONG I WISH I WROTE: “How Do You Want It” – 2Pac

5 PEOPLE I’D MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH: Johnny Cash, 2Pac, Eddie Vedder, Kevin Garnett, Claire Hysell

MY FAVORITE CONCERT EXPERIENCE: Nas – First Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota – 2008

I WROTE THIS SONG BECAUSE… I was struggling to balance making music, being in a band, starting a family, and working for managers/companies that were out of control.  I wanted to say something that was directly related to the situation that I was in but could also be easily relate-able to others going through similar things.  In recent years, I feel like a lot of Americans have been forced to work in environments that they don’t like, for wages below what they deserve, and for people who don’t deserve their efforts.  I hope this song motivates people to keep working hard and to create the positive changes they want to see in their lives.

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