Wheelhouse Rag by
Joel Paterson has been a mainstay of the Chicago roots music scene for over twenty years, playing with many bands and displaying his unique blend jazz, blues, rockabilly, country, and western swing. Joel can be heard on the recordings of the Cactus Blossoms, JD McPherson, Kelly Hogan, Pokey LaFarge, and Deke Dickerson. This is a fourteen-track collection of original rags and country blues on solo, finger picking acoustic guitar. The all-acoustic, 1920's-tinged album may at first seem like a departure in genre for the guitarist as he is predominantly known for his instrumental multitracked recordings reminiscent of Les Paul and Chet Atkin. These influences can be heard throughout the album, mixed in with many more twists and turns from the mind of the artist.