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The first appearance in Birmingham of Canadian singer Joe Fournier blended roots music in a sort of American not-so-grand tour. He paired well with the New Orleans-inflected band, Tipitina, adding his inimitable guitar sound to their final Breaking Up The House. In his solo spot Joe took in such country classics as Hank Williams’ Lovesick Blues as well as sardonic commentaries on the human condition, all delivered in his direct personal vocal style. A highlight of the 2010 Blues and Jazz festival.
- Birmingham Post


Joe Fournier has a genuine eye for detail and storytelling that doesn’t get in the way of a decent riff. ‘Dirt Road Joyride’ is a slap in the face with a rolled up copy of ‘No Depression’, with riffs and lyrics as sharp as a broken beer bottle. It’s a shame Fournier is hidden away on a Swedish label - he’s powerful enough to make a noise in his homeland.
- AmericanaUK

Three records into his late-starting career Joe Fournier has refined -- if you can actually "refined" for a guy who sings with a voice that is as much a holler as it is singing -- his style. The songs are detailed stories about unfolding events. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking but always rocking. He is very much an America heartland rocker, even if he hails from the Eastern edges of Canada, compiling a collection of songs that are infectious and immediately memorable. Joyously sing along with Joe even while his stories are breaking your heart
- Miles of Music

Joe writes songs that come straight from life. I've listened to this album from beginning to end with an ear to ear grin, It appears that he put this record together pretty much by himself, and, if that's true, it's an astonishing achievement. There's a lot of instrumentation in here and it sounds like a hot band having fun. The slide guitar on the Bo Diddley-ish 'Juanita Dog Walk', and again on 'Thumbful', is just ace. There's just so much energy throughout that you could believe the whole thing was recorded live. He's been compared favourably with John Fogerty in the past but, for me, Joe Fournier's much more fun. Listening to him is like a cloud lifting, remembering how exciting rock music can be. He reminds me of all the most soulful rockers I've ever heard - Graham Parker and John Hiatt, to name two - Brilliant stuff, totally recommended
- NetRhythms

There aren't many singer/songwriters I would mention in the same sentence as Fred Eaglesmith, but Joe Fournier is one of them. It's funky, country soul, folk, rock and blues, with stories that will make you laugh, cry and cringe, sometimes all in the same verse. Fournier's off-kilter world view is spelled out in songs about dirt road joyrides, rough lives and drunken wedding brawls. There are too many great lyrics to mention more than a few, but a line in “Bad Record Collection” sums up his music. “Baby's got a bad record collection/what she needs is a double injection/of shit kickin', swamp rockin', gut bucket, Springsteen in a bath tub, woo hoo rock n' roll.” It's not all like that, though. On “You're Still Everywhere,” he strings together a melody that would fit right in on a Tom Petty record. If you like great songwriting and music that's slightly cock-eyed with the rough edges intact, put this one on your list.
- Freight Train Boogie

In a crowded Söråkers Folketshus, Joe Fournier warmed the autumn darkness. He and his band, the Busted Flats, played a beautiful mix of songs with a nod towards the new album, Truth & Twang. Joe Fournier has been compared to John Fogerty, Johnny Cash, even Bruce Springsteen, but Joe has a very distinctive style in which he deftly mixes a cocky, rough hewn sound with finesse, love and generosity that goes straight to the heart.
- Sundsvall Tidning

Truth and Twang bolts immediately with the irrepressible 'Tiny Mine'. The stomper sets the pace and Fournier never relents. Even on the slower numbers, for example the mournful Around To It, Fournier's bark bleeds emotion. Drop the Bottle, Grab The Throttle, a '50's rock n' roll inspired number eases itself into pole position as the album's standout track. Within two seconds, the toe tapping is uncontrollable and far too contagiously hip-shaky to be safe driving music. Closing with the uncontainable This Guitar is a note of genius. It makes pressing play to start it all over again irresistible.
- Maverick Magazine

Whiskey soaked bar brawls, swapping bawdy stories on the back porch, pushing an old beat up pickup down a country road alongside the swamp - these are the images conjured by the wonderfully raucous songs of Joe Fournier.. The production doesn't take away from the raw, ragged hangdog fun of it. The lowdown baritone guitar tones vividly evoke the blues."Deluxe Ride" has a loose, wild, slow-mo rockabilly flavor, while "Almost Got it Made" name-checks Creedence Clearwater Revival outright. "Darlene Don't" is reminiscent of the moody, nuanced work of latter-day Elvis Costello. This is great, country fried rock and roll, done right. Damn right.
- CD Baby

Fournier simply plays American music with soul and sincerity, just a man, his roots and his songs. “Dirt Road Joyride” is Joe’s fourth album and he plays almost all instruments on it, just helped for a couple of songs by a dobro and a fiddle player. The songs are very well crafted with melodies that hook you from the start. There’s also plenty of humour in his songs and if he can make you laugh one minute, he’s able to make you cry the next. You just have to know that Joe Fournier is the real deal.
- Jumping from 6 to 6 Magazine

Soaked in a rootsy rock vibe, peppered with jagged guitar hooks and Dave Edmunds-inspired vocals. A junkyard Bakersfield rant, forged from the literate twang of Joe's hard scrabble heroes Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, John Hiatt and John Fogerty. Complete with a trashy Telecaster breaks and an out-of-control drummer with too much time on his hands... 4 Stars !
- Halifax Daily News

Fournier writes about the darker side of life but with humour. A winning tunesmith.
- MI Magazine, Stockholm

This guy's quite the piece of work, and he's the real thing.This brilliant ragged roots rock is stuff that very few people do anymore.
- Amazon.com

Some of the hottest, crankiest garage country since the heyday of Sun Records - don’t bet against such a prolific tunesmith.
- The Coast Weekly

Whiskey Stars catapults Fournier into the forefront of Canadian roots music
- Scene Magazine

Fournier’s a Canadian who proves that some of Americana’s best talents aren’t even American.
- Santa Monica Mirror

Sounds like it was thrown down in a four day drinking binge with minimum overdubs. Think of Haggard or Kristofferson & you are almost there. This is hard living, hard drinking blue collar America.
- AmericanaUK

One hell of a songwriter, capable of producing rootsy little gems that stop you in your tracks, make you grin like an idiot, and hit the repeat button to hear them again
- The Guardian

Raw amplified guitars, Shel Silverstein drug era inspired lyrics ...not to be missed.
- Country Music People (UK)

Fournier conjures up one of the most successful mixes of blues, country and rock I've heard in recent years.
- Heaven Popmagazine (Netherlands)

Energy packed rock, country, folk and blues with catchy tunes. Joe Fournier brings a freshness to the roots rock / Americana genre.
- Alt.Country Netherlands

Each song on Raw Sugar Shed is a little nugget of craft, attitude and emotion. A songwriter as good as Joe Fournier won't be kept in the shed for long
- Canadian Musician Magazine

The album is incredible. Our music people were raving!
– CBC Radio 2

Swampy, greasy and loaded with wry social commentary. Raw Sugar Shed is a great record.
- Music Scene

An irresistible collection of music. Joe Fournier doesn't do outpourings of emotions, he sings simple truths. A 12 track eccentric masterpiece.
- Net Rhythms