One Track Mind: Damian Joyce with Keith Emerson, “When You’re Around” (2014)

Offered with a rough-hewn, acoustic grace, Damian Joyce’s paean to the Big Apple unfolds with a warm confidentiality. But the beginning? Pure Keith Emerson.

The co-founding keys man from Emerson Lake and Palmer is featured on a classically inspired introduction, setting an atmosphere of romantic stoicism for everything that follows. Greg Lake, of course, once made similar kinds of folky contributions in the heady days of prog-rock prominence back in the 1970s — think “Lucky Man” — and Emerson worked similar oddhanded magic.

Seems after hearing Joyce’s stripped-down, very writerly pieces — the singer-composer is also a published author, having released the novel The Dreamer’s Road [Part One last year -- Emerson insisted on making a contribution. "When You're Around," the lead single from Joyce's new 13-track album Raw, is the happy result.

Raw was produced by Brian Kehew, a touring musician with the Who and former co-producer for Fiona Apple. The song, and this album, also feature contributions from drummer Chris Jago and bassist Joel Gottschalk.

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Nick DeRiso

Over a 30-year career, Nick DeRiso has also explored music for USA Today, All About Jazz, Ultimate Classic Rock and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the nation by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Contact him at nderiso@somethingelsereviews.com.

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