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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Joe Bayer – Adopted Texan with “65 Roses” song battle for Cystic Fibrosis! - Sherryjane Cooke

Joe Bayer fights the fight for his nephew, Jake and Cystic Fibrosis with "65 Roses"

I first fell in love with Joe Bayer, when I heard and saw the video “65 Roses.” He had that wonderful Texas Country Music sound and his purpose was clear.  It was a song for his beloved nephew who has Cystic Fibrosis. Joe Bayer was born in Ottawa, Illinois. Don’t panic, we got him at an early age in his musical journey, as he lived in Houston for many years. As one speech researcher I talked with says, “You have your accent of where you’re from by age 7, so we got to Joe, just in time!  He’s been hit by the Red Dirt Road muse (angel,) because his vocals and the sound is definitely there and there is no hiding it! His deep, sultry voice can bring you to the heart’s deepest spots, or rock you like you’ve never been rocked before!

He calls Houston his first real Texas Music home. That’s where he lived and picked up that good ol’ Texas heart and sound which he soon mixed with the boys out of New York – there’s not a hint of anything above the Mason/Dixon Line in any of Joe’s songs!

Touched and inspired by his nephew Jake who is suffering from Cystic Fibrosis, Joe and the band wrote and composed a special song called "65 Roses" originally released as a digital single, and I found myself crying from the pain and hope of those children suffering with this debilitating disease!

Cystic Fibrosis is a hereditary disease that affects the whole body, difficulty breathing being the most common symptom. A thick mucus forms on the digestive track and lungs causing chronic lung infections which can sometimes be fatal. People who suffer with CF have a constant excessive cough associated with shortness of breath. With no known cure at this time over 30,000 Americans, 3000 in Canada, 1 in 46 Hispanics, 1 in 65 African Americans and 1 in 90 Asians suffer worldwide but the most common gene is found in people with European Heritage. The Joe Bayer Band hopes to raise enough money to make a difference in these people’s lives. All proceeds from “65 Roses” will go towards a Cystic Fibrosis Charity.

Joe explains, “I wrote this song for my nephew Jake who has the disease he is 5. We performed at a Great Stride Walk in May and had over 2000 people in attendence . The band together with our family members in months leading up too walk raised over 4000 dollars toward CF.

The song “65 Roses” off new CD " Locked ,Rocked and Loaded" out on ITunes now has been receiving great international response . We have had airplay and interviews in Many U.S. states as well as Germany and Canada ! Some proceeds from this CD going to CF. “

Joe played throughout the Midwest and made the move to Los Angeles, California where he and his hard rock act“Devastation Run” landed a record deal with Ironworks records, who released an EP overseas. Joe and the band also attended Musicians Institute, and performed all over the West coast. Joe had his West coast career cut short when family matters brought him to New York (New York City???? No problem, he’s been possessed by the hard rocking Texas sound!) Joe had a brief stint as a guitarist in another project before stepping into the spotlight of his own band. Now, just released is his New CD “Locked, Rocked and Loaded “and is available NOW on ITunes! Again, added to my collection.

With “Locked, Rocked and Loaded” the band is ready to set the country music industry on fire with their new CD with featuring artists’ cameos including Mario Staiano drummer for Savoy Brown and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend Gary U.S. Bonds.

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Since he has released 2 CD’s and has had national and international radio airplay, Joe has also chalked up a couple of Indie Radio awards, performed at award shows in Nashville and Nevada. He has also had the pleasure of opening for Tim Rushlow (Little Texas). He has also become known throughout the Texas Music Scene – adopted from his misplacement in New York to his true Texas home. If you like that Traditional Country sound mixed with a New Country drive or Southern Rock the Joe Bayer Band has everything you want wrapped all in one from the hard hitting ballads to the foot stomping dance songs – Just listen to “Country Style!” off his earlier CD “Country Style.” It’s line dance heaven and you can’t stop moving to this one! And, Texas is ALL over the place in this one. Definitely, the song to get you out of the dance floor, or just on a country dirt road gathering! I love it! You can find the band on Twitter, Face Book, MySpace and Reverbnation under the Joe Bayer Band and “Country Style” CD on CD Baby.

To date the band continues performing live and gearing up for their first worldwide CD release "Locked, Rocked and Loaded.” With 2 videos out and the single "Hello Sunshine, Goodbye Rain" featuring the legendary Gary U.S. Bonds receiving international attention from fans and music industry executives , 2011 is shaping up to be a big one ! Stay tuned!

Set to play Manhattan Thursday, December 3rd at Hill Country Texas BBQ, the Joe Bayer Band began 2010 in true star tsunami fashion with 2 different songs on the radio, several interviews, good press articles from all over the country and the video “65 Roses” just released. 

The new CD, “Locked, Rocked and Loaded “ is now available NOW on ITunes,  and is sure to satisfy your Texas Country music cravings. Look for the video "Hello Sunshine Goodbye Rain" on country music channels everywhere. Joe Bayer and his band set out to record CD number three to impact his listeners. The heartfelt meanings behind them such as, the debut single "Hello Sunshine Goodbye Rain" featuring Gary U.S. Bonds, wakes you up with a smile, and keeps you rockin.” It is also being played in Australia, London and the U.S.A. It’s a hard driving hit that takes you far from the ordinary everyday existence. "I Got Love" is a rockin’-feel good song about a bad day but the love in his heart makes it always good. The beautiful song “Madison” was written about his daughter, Madison, and a father’s undying love.

I’m not leaving this article without giving you my favorite Joe Bayer songs, which so endeared me to him. His nephew has cystic fibrosis and the song “65 Roses” was written for this beloved nephew.

Contact the band with your fan mail and to order any of Joe’s music on ITunes or

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* 65 Roses is a registered trademark of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (national headquarters)
6931 Arlington Road, 2nd floor
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Check this link for all chapters of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Toll free: (800) FIGHT CF (344-4823)

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