They say the best writing comes from writing what you know. Based on activist writer/singer Joel Rafael’s life experiences and five decades of making music, he has a deep well from which to draw. He has chronicled his life and world around him with songwriting rooted in the folk tradition, and released a stunning collection of Americana albums, including a two-volume set of Woody Guthrie songs, with five Guthrie/Rafael co-writes.
His latest work, ROSE AVENUE, nominated for SDMA Best Country/Americana Album, is a ten-song masterpiece that gracefully defines Rafael’s contribution to the American canon. Joel Rafael is a proud union member and stands up for worker’s rights and human rights. He has been called to perform in support of the Teamsters Union, the United Farm Workers, the Women’s Refugee Commission, the Fund for Respect, Civility, and Understanding, and the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Joel hosts a weekly radio show called “Rockin’ the Rez,” that airs worldwide. You can find out more details here.