2008 - 2018
Jo Hell's music is strongly influenced by the energy of stars like Chuck Berry and heavily driven by the creative freedom that made famous guitarists like Jimi Hendrix.
Legends like Texas guitar pickers Freddie King and Stevie Ray Vaughan as well as Rock Gods like Angus Young and Eddy Van Halen are major sources of inspiration. If those are some of your favorites you'll surely enjoy Jo Hell!
At age 16 Jo Hell entered the Live Blues circuit in his hometown Montreal, playing jam nights in local venues. With two years experience, he decided to start his own band - Jo Hell and the Red Rosters. As the years went by, the number of shows increased and the demand for the band's high energy performances became noticeable. They featured in several major festivals such as The International Jazz Festival Of Montreal, The Mt-Tremblant International Blues Festival and Le Petit Chicago - Virée Blues Boréale while their local popularity began to shoot to the top. Many articles on local newspapers, their appearances on local radio stations and television, as well as on numerous critics reviews, were proof of the band's unique charisma.
After years performing regularly within the Quebec region the band decided to bring their Montreal Blues Rock show on the road and headed to the United States to explore the roots of their favourite Blues, Rock and Rock & Roll legends like Freddie King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Elmore James, Little Richard, ZZ Top or B.B. King.
ON THE ROAD
Jo Hell & the Red Roosters crossed the USA and arrived in Austin for SXSW in March of 2006. They graced the stage of Nuno's on 6th and were promptly featured at the Red, White, And Blues Festival at Waterloo Park in July of 2006. While performing frequently in the Live Music Capital of the World, in Famous venues like Antone's, the band was often hitting the road around Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee and California merging their unstoppable Montreal energy show with the deep-south sounds and rich musical culture
On December 2009, the Jo Hell Band travels to Belgium invited to headline the "Pjeireblues Festival" in Belgium performing for the first time in Europe. Returning to Canada they would perform for the third time at the Montreal Jazz Fest.
Since that time the Jo Hell has performed several times between USA, CANADA, central America and Europe, recorded several albums such as ‘South Side’ and self-titled ‘Jo Hell’ both recorded at the renown Victor Studio in Montreal, 'Live In Belgium' , Jo Hell 'Rockin' Land' recorded at the Boiler Room Studio, Jo Hell Still Alive, Live at Rumi’s and the latest movie soundtrack project entitled Shotgun Love with the single Bullet Back. Currently Jo Hell is working on writing and composing his next French and English Rock & Blues Album to be release in 2019.
Through twenty two years of experience playing LIVE he has the chance to perform with some of his favorites blues man and rock legends. At his native land of Quebec throughout the years he has performed with local legends like Jerry Mercer (April Wine), Carl Tremblay, Jim Zellers, Jonas and Stephen Barry. From 2008 to 2011, the band performed several shows as the back up band for the great Pinetop Perkins (piano, Muddy Waters). As resident artist, Jo Hell, played at numerous venues in Austin, namely, at Nuno's on 6th in Austin with legends like, Hubert Sumlin (Howlin Wolf) , Uncle John Turner (Johnny Winter), Buddy Miles (Jimi Hendrix) and so many more. While based in Austin Jo Hell has the chance to get to know and share the stage with artists like Gary Clark JR and most recently Frank Hannon for a Concert at The Townsend in December 2017.
Beyond the stage and social media his music has been promoted and played on the radio and tv in stations both in Canada and USA such as KLBJ 93.7, KVUE NEWS, This Great White North and Good Morning Austin on Fox Tv.
Very soon you will be able to enjoy a new Jo Hell album! We've busy performing across country and working on all the details for this upcoming release. The powerful new sound surely promises to shake the ground beneath your feet and raise high the spirits of true Rock & Blues.