Joseph Allen Beltram Releases His Fifth Full-Length Album With Wednesday Night Beachland Show

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Your Man Alone is out this week

Joseph Allen Beltram, who some might remember as the front man for Goodmorning Valentine, will debut his fifth full-length album, Your Man Alone, this week with a release show at the Beachland Ballroom Wednesday night.

The cover image features Beltram splayed out on the floor of the Beachland, where he once worked the door, after one of his semi-annual birthday shows.

The 42-year-old Kent native has mostly self-produced his brand of Americana and rock, beautifully arranged works deep with warmth, tenderness and color. Those tunes have been written here and while Beltram's ridden across the country on one of his motorcycle tours or in his converted van, complete with a solar-powered recording studio, in which he's explored life on the road with his partner Eileen.

That road life, what Beltram refers to as the "New American Mosaic," is reflected in his work.

“The New American Mosaic is just what it sounds like,” says Beltram. “America has changed a lot in the last couple years but specifically since COVID. The gig culture, the people returning to the outdoors, traveling more, the desire for a more connected and 'authentic life.' I took my first big trip around the country when I was 19. We were gone for four months. I’ve been hooked ever since. As far as ‘a permanent state of motion,’ I have always had my toe in this thing. Two and half years ago I cut up all my ‘junky furniture,' dumped it in the trash, hit the road and it will be that way for the foreseeable future. I am more comfortable and a healthier person when in transit. As far as recording and writing, it works for me. Some people need the tuned rooms and the nice mics and those things work, and I love many records recorded in that fashion, but my outfit is a bit more rag tag. If you listen real close you might hear a desert mouse squeaking in the background of one of my recordings. I’m kind of into this idea that I am capturing the world around me, albeit subtly, as I move through the world.”

Beltram draws on everything from Bruce Springsteen to Creedence Clearwater Revival to Otis Redding in his music, which can sound sexy, somber and swampy.

Your Man Alone is 10 songs, which he originally recorded in his shanty, bare-stud, unfinished apartment in Waterloo.

"Your Man Alone started off as essentially a live record,” recalls Beltram. “I had been playing with Johnny Kokoczka for a couple years and I had recently reconnected with Jay Glenn. We got together over a weekend and played 10 songs about five times and I was going to pick the best versions and that was going to be it. When it came time to decide which versions were working, it became apparent that we weren’t as familiar with the songs as we had thought. Some of the keys got changed, some songs got replaced by others."

The title track, “Your Man Alone,” reminds one of a song which might be playing on an old jukebox in a dusty bar at midnight on the border between Mexico and Texas as an old couple waltzes slowly across the bar light.

“The title track comes from that feeling of separating from someone that romantically, the relationship has met its conclusion, but the deeper bonds of that relationship have not diminished,” says Beltram. “Its own special kind of broken heartedness that I don’t think we talk about very much or well. Much of the record plays on that concept. A concept that is in much of my writing anyways. The grey areas, the places in-between.”

Beltram last fall put out a video for "Singer Sings," a swampy tune with a CCR vibe.

His previous albums include Easter Park, Steady Your Hands, Hey Washington, and N. Cali Turnaround, and he's got more songs than he'll probably ever be able to record in the can.

"The record I’m putting out after Your Man Alone is a shared project where my buddy Greg Julius recorded a bunch of modular synth instrumentals to tie a rather disparate group of songs together,” says Beltram. “Eventually the record will work something like one continuous piece of music. Well that’s the plan anyways.”

Your Man Alone will be available across many streaming platforms including Spotify in the coming days but is currently for purchase and free streaming at his bandcamp page.
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