Joel Zoss
West Palm Beach - Florida - United States

Joel Zoss has enjoyed a worldwide reputation as a songwriter and guitarist since Bonnie Raitt recorded his "Too Long at the Fair" and "I Gave My Love a Candle.” From 2007-2009 he opened shows for B.B. King and Etta James in theaters across the country. Featuring his own million-selling compositions and folk and blues classics by American masters such as Elizabeth Cotten, Leadbelly, and Big Bill Broonzy, Zoss’s unique fingerpicking style and moving vocals have entertained audiences from blues clubs and concert halls to the Philadelphia Folk Festival. He has performed and recorded with many highly regarded artists including David Bromberg, Taj Mahal, James Taylor, Paul Butterfield, and Howlin’ Wolf. Some of his songs, reflecting his years living in North Africa and Spain, are as at home in the “world music” category as they are in “roots.” Joel works as a solo; duo with upright bass; and as a trio with bass and drums.

After cutting his teeth in the 1960’s in Chicago with some of the world’s greatest bluesmen, Zoss began his recording career with Arista in the 1970’s. Check out his latest CD, LILA, produced by legendary guitarist and leader of the landmark group Fanny, June Millington. Joel’s songs have been recorded by artists in genres from blues to bluegrass. In March of 2012, UK diva Katie Melua, who has sold eleven million CD’s in the last decade, released her version of “Too Long at the Fair.” Bonnie Raitt’s version of the song appears in the documentary film Troubadour, released in 2011.



American dream songs called in long-distance from an area code as yet unspecified.

Rolling Stone


He has an uncanny knack for conjuring up gorgeous images that tap the most complex of human emotions.

Honolulu Times


A unique personality, with all the magic and mystery and mischievousness of the classic troubadour. The melodies will haunt you. His lyrics are first-rate poetry


The Village Voice


It was a treat to see Zoss perform old blues numbers and songs from his forthcoming album…the audience was sent back out into the warm night knowing they had witnessed something special.

Dirty Linen

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Florida Blues - Details

Label: Bluzpik Media Group

Genres: Blues

Styles: Acoustic Blues, Blues

Songs on the Album

Track # Song Title Style Genre
1 Have You Seen My Rider - details Acoustic Blues Blues
2 Papers of Light Acoustic Blues Blues
3 Vodka and Red Bull Acoustic Blues Blues
4 The Riddle Song Acoustic Blues Blues
5 Street Vet Chant Acoustic Blues Blues
6 Key to the Highway Acoustic Blues Blues
7 Two Fish Acoustic Blues Blues
8 Albert's Song Acoustic Blues Blues
9 Goodnight, Irene Acoustic Blues Blues
10 Follow Me I'll Turn Your Money Green Acoustic Blues Blues

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Label: Catalan

Genres: Folk

Styles: Folk, Contemporary Folk

Songs on the Album

Track # Song Title Style Genre
1 Oh, Jerusalem Contemporary Folk Folk
2 Pushing the River Contemporary Folk Folk
3 Mother Wanted You Home Contemporary Folk Folk
4 Cantina Bodega Contemporary Folk Folk
5 Till I Met You Contemporary Folk Folk
6 Pretty Flowers Contemporary Folk Folk
7 Touchstone Contemporary Folk Folk
8 In My Dreams Contemporary Folk Folk
9 The Token Contemporary Folk Folk
10 Junkers Blues Contemporary Folk Folk
11 Oh, Babe, It Ain't No Lie Contemporary Folk Folk
12 'Tis of Thee Contemporary Folk Folk
13 Sarah's Song Contemporary Folk Folk