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Review: Take a Load Off with Joe Hermes' "Whiskey Fixer Upper"

Southern Rock recording artist Joe Hermes discovered his passion for music while growing up in a little country town a couple hours south of Chicago. He remembers playing air guitar and singing along to Bon Jovi songs at family gatherings, which many people still remind him of to this day.

By grade school, Joe knew he wanted to make music his career when he heard Metallica on a Pizza Hut jukebox with his friends. He played in bands throughout his teenage years, cultivating his edgy blend of rock, modern country and soulful sounds. A high school football standout, Joe attended Quincy University on a scholarship before graduating from Eureka College. He went on to receive his Master’s Degree from Illinois State University.

Inspired by a personal mantra of the harder you work, the luckier you get, Joe Hermes is all about making music that tells the story of living the daily grind. With the help of Grammy-winning producer Dale Oliver and hit songwriter Dan Couch, Hermes has found a fun and relatable way to depict this rewarding lifestyle.

The alt-country tune showcases Joe's gritty, soulful vocals and the energetic beat will have you tapping your feet. "Whiskey Fixer Upper" is an American blue-collar anthem, geared to lift the spirits of hard-working men and women everywhere. The single is a true honky-tonk song and we predict it will be a hit amongst Broadway-goers in Nashville.

When speaking about his music, Joe says “I have learned to channel some of the most difficult parts of my life through songs, as well as how I have worked through them. I put my music out into the world in hopes that it can help others or provide some empathy. No matter if you are at the lowest of lows or at the highest of highs, I want to have a song that can be with you in that moment.”

"Whiskey Fixer Upper” is the follow-up to his most recent single “Stronger Than Whiskey,” which received extensive national radio airplay. The Illinois-based artist continues to build a large and loyal regional following, attracting fans who connect with his no-nonsense approach and rock-infused live shows.

You can catch Joe with his band, Sundown Renegade, at The Castle Theater in Bloomington, IL on June 5. Tickets can be purchased here.

For more information, visit and follow Joe on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Spotify.


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