Our first contestant for the Living on the Earth Award is singer/songwriter Joe Dolce! Everything you could possibly want to know about Joe’s illustrious career you can research here. He’s politically aware, witty beyond comprehension, emotionally evolved, and brings it all to his music.
I met Joe briefly at the Star Mountain Commune in Sonoma County, California, in the early 1970’s. He’d arrived as I was just leaving—for Vermont, and then Hawaii. But I’d heard our mutual friend, singer Sunny Supplee, sing his beautiful, spiritual, and sometimes sexual songs. I might have run into him once or twice on Maui, too; certainly my friends there were singing his songs, too. Later I heard he’d moved to Australia and had a big hit with a song that was NOTHING like his songs that my friends had been singing.
Hooray for the Internet. We’ve been corresponding a few years now, and, in the summer of 2004, he visited me in Hawaii (see photo above). He’s a pillar of the Australian music scene, a loud voice for the left, a doting grandparent, and the author of a funny, funny email newsletter complete with lurid recipes, political commentary, great poetry, cultural anomalies, reader comments, and torrents of jokes. To get on his mailing list, drop him a line at email@example.com.
Joe Dolce at the USA Folk Alliance Convention in Austin, Texas, February 2006: