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JOEL DA SILVA

An endless passion for Blues

Joel DaSilva is an American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter hailing from Chicago, Illinois, and currently based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “Joel DaSilva is one of the finest musicians I’ve ever worked with, a true professional. He’s paid his dues and deserves national recognition.” Albert Castiglia – Blues Leaf Records

Delving back deeply into his Chicago Blues and Americana roots, DaSilva has emerged with some truly visceral new material, the culmination of months of soul searching, hard living and late night driving. The result? “Everywhere From Here”, Featuring the single “SHAKE!”. ‘SHAKE!’ is the first single from DaSilva’s new album entitled “Everywhere From Here”. Produced at nationally renowned TrunNoyz Studios in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, ‘SHAKE!’ captures the essence of Joel’s combustible new blues sound which combines elements of lo fi garage blues with a driving roots beat. The accompanying video was shot at local blues environs throughout South Florida and promises to provide an evocative visual backdrop to Joel’s sizzling new track.

“He Delivers the horny lyrics in a voice that recalls vintage rockabilly, but  his lacerating leads are as potent as any laid down by the late great Hubert Sumlin” – WLRN 91.3 NPR Radio

“Whiskey Do You Good and Make You Feel Right, Shake Baby Shake!”

Joel recently burned’ up the road like never before on his ‘Fire and The Fury Tour’ across the US and Canada to support ‘SHAKE!’ and “Everywhere From Here”. The Tour included shows at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago ( Buddy sat in and jammed with Joel ), The Montreal International Jazz Festival, ‘The Country’ in Nashville, The House of Blues in Chicago, ‘Blues on Whyte in Edmonton, Alberta Canada and The Mont Tremblant International Blues Festival among other stops in Pittsburgh, Nashville, Atlanta, Asheville and throughout Canada.

The son of traveling musicians from Brazil, DaSilva lost his father at age 3, which had a profound impact on the young artist’s life. At the  age of 18, DaSilva joined his first blues outfit as the lead guitarist for “Junior Drinkwater and the Thirstquenchers”. DaSilva went on to put out 5 independent records thus far in a career spanning over 10 years. DaSilva has worked alongside such widely recognized and diverse artists as B.B.King, Ray Charles, the White Stripes, A.C. Reed, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Reverend Horton Heat, Foghat, Los Lobos, Leon Russell, the Black Crowes, Nighthawks, Edgar and Johnny Winter, and Jimmie Vaughan.

His His career highlights include performances at Montreal International Jazz and Blues Festival, The IBC Challenges in Memphis and opening for Jeff Beck at the Sunfest Music Festival in South Florida. Joel has also opened for numerous famous artists during his 10 year plus career. DaSilva has performed well over 750 shows from Los Angeles to London.

Joel has appeared a prestigious festivals around the world including the Montreal International Jazz And Blues Festival, Mont Tremblant International Music Festival, Curaçao Music Festival, Sunfest , Riverwalk Blues Festival, and the San Diego Music and Roots Festival.

In addition to his music career, DaSilva has appeared in two independent films including his portrayal of “Sheriff Cousins” in the creepy noir indie film “Sleep”, featured in the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and California Film Festival. He also co-wrote the soundtrack for “Sleep” with electronica artist Kevin Kage.

Joel DaSilva is a fantastic guitarist. I always look forward to every opportunity to work with him. He plays with a BIG heart and a BIG tone.” – Billy Gibson – 2009 Blues Music Award Instrumentalist Of The Year.

Joel DaSilva is currently on tour playing clubs and festivals throughout the USA and Canada promoting his album “Everywhere From Here” – Now available on iTunes and Spotify.

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Joel DaSilva
The Voice of the Blues