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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

UJerk Caribbean Eatery Opens in Downtown on July 3

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2020 at 9:36 AM

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A little taste of Jamaica will make its way downtown thanks to Jon Manning, who will open UJerk Caribbean Eatery (850 Euclid Ave.) in the former Cleveland Pickle/Hatfield's Goode Grub space in the City Club Building. The fast-casual restaurant will specialize jerk chicken in various forms.

UJerk opens for business on July 3.

“We really want to promote jerk chicken – that’s the main concept,” says Manning.

The chicken will be seasoned with a traditional jerk chicken recipe, but will be only moderately spicy, say the owner. That chicken will star in salads, sliders, sandwiches and wraps. A handful of other items, such as fresh juices, jerk chicken cutlets and a bone-in meal platter with french fries and coleslaw, will round out the menu.

“Cleveland is known for great food and I’m excited to be a part of that community,” says Manning.

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Downtown Cleveland Curfew Begins at Noon Today, Lasts Until Monday Morning After Weekend Protests

Posted By on Sun, May 31, 2020 at 11:03 AM

  • Sam Allard

In an early Sunday morning Facebook Live session, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson announced that the downtown Cleveland curfew set to begin tonight at 8 p.m. would instead begin at noon and last until 8 a.m. Monday morning.

Cleveland police currently have the Detroit-Superior and Lorain-Carnegie bridges blocked and are checking IDs to allow people through. Lift bridges on other connectors to downtown are raised.

Saturday's George Floyd protest (see our gallery of photos here) gathered thousands in downtown Cleveland in an assembly that began peaceful and then turned chaotic after Cleveland police launched tear gas and rubber bullets at crowds around the Justice Center.

As law enforcement attempted to dispel the crowds, and as the city restricted traffic into downtown, a small group of protestors smashed windows on Euclid Ave. from Public Square to Playhouse Square. Geiger's was looted, and there were reports of liquor being carried away from bars dotting the street.

Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams, who joined Jackson on the video, claimed most of the offenders who damaged property were not from the area. That sentiment echoes those from officials in other cities, including Minneapolis, though with few arrests in Cleveland, Williams' claim is merely an assumption at this point.

“There was a large group of folks who were intent on not being peaceful and that caused all of our problems,” Chief Williams said. “We’re going to have folks deployed all over downtown and all over the City to make sure things like today don’t happen again. We know that a lot of things that happened today were [done by] people who do not live in the City of Cleveland or in this area. There’s tons of video footage of a lot of things that happened and we have investigators as we speak who are going through that footage to identify folks so we can bring them to justice…We’re going to do everything possible to keep this City safe.”

Gov. Mike DeWine has also dispatched the Ohio National Guard to Cleveland to assist local authorities.

“As you know, the demonstration today started off peacefully,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “It then escalated into activities that were not only unlawful and disruptive but really didn’t represent the spirit of what people were intending to do.”

Jackson said the city will use all available video evidence to bring those that caused damage to justice. Hopefully the city will also avail itself of readily accessible video evidence of Cleveland police using force against peaceful protestors.

Volunteers and city workers will use the curfew time to clean up Euclid Ave. and board up broken windows.

While it's unsettling to see downtown vandalized, and while many may feel that those who threw bricks through windows don't represent the brand of protest they'd prefer to see, and while local businesses will now face the work of installing new windows and reopening, let us not forget some perspective here.

This was not just about George Floyd.

And it will not take generations to overcome some property damage.

As Pour Cleveland, whose windows were busted yesterday, said in an Instagram comment: "It's just stuff guys. Not our place to judge to how people respond when their voices continue to fall on deaf ears and justice is not served." 

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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Massive Cleveland George Floyd Protest Turned Chaotic as Police Fired Tear Gas, Flash Grenades into Crowds

Posted By on Sat, May 30, 2020 at 6:29 PM

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A massive Cleveland rally for George Floyd turned chaotic Saturday afternoon at the Cuyahoga County Justice center as police fired tear gas continually (and seemingly at random) into the crowd.

Nearly 3,000 people had amassed at the FREE Stamp downtown between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. After chants and speeches there, those assembled marched west on Lakeside to the Justice Center.

There, speakers called for justice in the wake of Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police. Some invoked the names of Tamir Rice, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, whose deaths at the hands of Cleveland cops were top of mind.

In a beautiful moment, the crowd chanted "WE HEAR YOU" to the incarcerated people at the County Jail and applauded for them. 

The majority of the march progressed onward from the Justice Center, but a faction remained and began banging on the windows and throwing bottles. A police unit arrived on bicycles and engaged the front line of demonstrators on the Justice Center steps. 

Before long, the police were firing tear gas canisters into the crowd and throwing flash grenades in an effort to disperse. The dispersals were successful, but temporary. Angered by these provocations, the demonstrators fled from the tear gas but then marched back with hands up, only to be fired at again.

By now, many of the marchers from the larger contingent had returned to the vicinity of the Justice Center, and the police began firing tear gas canisters deep into the crowds, further East on Lakeside (where I was perched) and into the park across the street. They were firing at demonstrators who weren't advancing on the Justice Center steps.

Smoke filled the air. Additional police arrived, including the mounted unit and those in riot gear. The protesters began spray painting statues and buildings in the vicinity. Some broke the windows of bus stations. In perhaps the most dramatic action, police cruisers were set ablaze on W. 3rd and Ontario, shooting plumes of black smoke into the air.

At roughly 4 p.m., vehicle traffic into downtown was shut down, and the police began to attempt to disperse the crowds more aggressively. Rubber bullets and pepper balls were fired and tear gas continued to be shot from every angle. 

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Friday, May 29, 2020

As Van Aken District Plans to Reopen Market Hall, Tuttle Road to be Converted to Open-Air Dining (and Drinking) Zone

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2020 at 4:50 PM

  • Emanuel Wallace
Van Aken District’s Market Hall has been closed since mid-March with the exception of Brassica and Scorpacciata Pasta Co., which offered curbside carryout.

The Market Hall will return to life on Monday, June 1, when all food and drink vendors reopen for business with the exception of Doug Katz’s chutney.b., which will re-open on June 3. That includes Banter, On the Rise, Rising Star Coffee and Craft Collective.

Those indoor eateries will join Michael’s Genuine, which recently reopened with curbside pick-up and delivery. The current menu is pared down to a handful of appetizers, salads and those amazing wood-fired pizzas. Beer and wine also are available for take-out and cocktails will be added soon.

Van Aken District also just announced that the area's main thoroughfare, Tuttle Road, will be converted to a pedestrian-only seating area. As a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA), the District allows patrons to purchase alcoholic beverages in bars and restaurants and consume them anywhere within the zone — open-container laws be damned.

Also, as reported here, Garden City, a rooftop bar with food, will open on June 11. 

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On the Eve of George Floyd Protests, Justice Center Rally Calls for Release of Ohio Prisoners

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2020 at 4:01 PM

Speaker Dave Okpara gestures to the incarcerated in the county jail; Rally for Justice for Incarcerated Individuals, Cuyahoga County Justice Center, (5/29/20). - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
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  • Speaker Dave Okpara gestures to the incarcerated in the county jail; Rally for Justice for Incarcerated Individuals, Cuyahoga County Justice Center, (5/29/20).
As a parade of cars circled the Cuyahoga County Justice Center Friday afternoon, honking for the release of Ohio's incarcerated population, allied demonstrators rallied for widespread criminal justice reform.

Billed as a protest to demand the compassionate release of prisoners during COVID-19, the demonstration, organized by the Coalition to Stop the Inhumanity at the Cuyahoga County Jail and the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, became in many respects a prelude to Saturday's (presumably larger) demonstration over the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.

Protests are raging nationwide. People are demanding accountability (once again) for the slaughter of Black Americans, in many cases at the hands of police officers. In February of this year, 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery was shot and killed by white residents who'd hunted him down while he was jogging in his South Georgia neighborhood. And in March, 26-year-old Breonna Taylor was gunned down in her own apartment by Louisville police, who'd forcibly entered on a so-called "no-knock warrant."

Organizers of Friday's demonstration in Cleveland referenced the Floyd protests scheduled for Saturday afternoon and said it would be impossible to get justice in the streets without justice in the courts. Speakers called on Gov. Mike DeWine to release many more prisoners and Cuyahoga County justices to grant judicial release hearings via teleconference to reduce the population of Ohio's overcrowded prisons.

Speaker Dave Okpara, who spent a year of his life in the Cuyahoga County jail and served additional time at Marion Correctional Institution for drug trafficking, said he now had a successful career as a truck driver. He said if incarcerated individuals were given opportunities to succeed, they would.

"If I can do it, the 50,000 men and women in Ohio prisons can do it too," he said. "But we need more options and programs in the prisons and we need more options in our communities. This is not just an inmate thing. This is a human rights thing."

Speaker Jacqueline Kovach, who spent time in the Cuyahoga County jail for drug-related charges, decried the inhumanity of locking up drug addicts when what they urgently require is treatment. (The nine deaths at the jail in late 2018 and early 2019, five by suicide, composed the unspoken backdrop of her remarks.)

Multiple speakers stressed the impossibility of maintaining social distance at prisons and said that the only way to keep incarcerated people safe was to release them in large numbers. #FreethemAll216 and #CompassionoverCages were two of the prominent hashtags Friday.

The convoy of cars repeatedly circled and honked throughout the proceedings, and speakers returned to the microphone more than once to make additional comments. Multiple attendees trickled in late, and as the energy grew, despite the wind and rain, there seemed to be broad recognition of a pent-up desire to express anger at the injustices the coronavirus pandemic has exposed.

Two speakers urged those who planned to demonstrate Saturday to do so peacefully, echoing Gov. DeWine, who made a similar appeal at his press conference Friday. The Jail coalition speakers drew a sharp distinction between destruction, which might be counterproductive, and disruption, which is necessary to capture public attention.

Rally for Justice for Incarcerated Individuals, Cuyahoga County Justice Center, (5/29/20). - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
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  • Rally for Justice for Incarcerated Individuals, Cuyahoga County Justice Center, (5/29/20).

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Best CBD Oil for Sleep: Our Top Picks

Posted on Fri, May 29, 2020 at 3:59 PM


Having trouble falling asleep? You tried all sorts of tricks and patterns that work for some people, but you still don’t get enough sleep? - Well, maybe you should try getting CBD oil for sleep.

Getting a good night’s rest and sound sleep is of prime importance for everyone. Sleep deprivation is often a great factor for various health conditions or diseases. For example, it may lead to higher blood pressure or other problems with immune functions. Nowadays, due to too much stress, overtime workload, or various situations in life people often have problems with getting enough sleep. For that reason, they try many things to improve their sleeping schedule by lowering the coffee intake or getting different sleeping pills. One popular solution for insomnia in the past few years has been CBD oil. This is a healthy and natural alternative as opposed to the numerous existing therapies.

What is Actually CBD Oil?

Is CBD oil a cure for everything? Not really, but it sure is called a miracle cure-all according to the many positive reports by its users. Above all, it’s natural, so it has to be good. The medical abbreviation CBD stands for cannabidiol and this is the most researched cannabinoid found in the hemp plant. It is believed that it has plenty of therapeutic properties and hence it’s used for the production of CBD oil. Other than CBD, there are other cannabinoids that the hemp plant consists of, but not all of them are the same. The second popular cannabinoid is THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, which also has some beneficial properties, but it’s also responsible for giving psychoactive effects to users.

Still, most cannabinoids are used to make the CBD oil and that makes the main difference between the various types of CBD oil for sale available on the market. Researchers found that the ideal combination of cannabinoids that gives the so-called “entourage effect” is the CBD oil that contains only CBD and THC. What’s worth mentioning here is the fact that the level of THC should be very low, i.e. to be less than 0.3%. This type of CBD oil is called full-spectrum and there are two other types. One is pure CBD oil or CBD isolate - which contains only CBD and the other is broad-spectrum CBD oil comprised of all cannabinoids extracted from the hemp plant.

Best CBD Oil for Sleep Reviewed

If you are struggling with insomnia and would like to try CBD oil for sleep, you might find yourself overwhelmed by the selection process. There are many CBD brands on the market that offer CBD oil for sale and choosing the best CBD oil is not easy. All of these brands are advertising their products in the best possible way and you might end up buying a CBD oil that has low quality or won’t give you the desired effects. For that reason, we have reviewed all of them and made this list of the best CBD oil for sleep. Here are our top picks.

1. Try The CBD

Our first choice when it comes to buying a top-quality CBD oil is Try The CBD. This Colorado-based company offers everything you need from CBD. At their store, you can get two types of CBD oil - full-spectrum and THC-free, and not to mention the variety of other CBD products available. There is a wide range of potencies for all types of ailments, from 200mg to 5000mg CBD per bottle. Moreover, Try The CBD offers a special discount for certain categories of users such as veterans, military, students, people with low income, and people with disabilities. Even if you are not eligible for this discount, you can still get their products at a reasonable price and get a great value for money.

This Colorado brand doesn’t take chances with quality and uses only organic hemp to extract the CBD through a CO2 extraction method. On top of that, they add only natural ingredients and flavors. Each batch of products is carefully tested by a third-party lab for content, purity, and quality, and the lab results are published on their website. Additionally, there is a QR code on every product which takes you to the results directly. Fast shipping of their products is another great thing about this brand. You can buy CBD oil from this brand without any doubt.

  • Hemp source - organically grown in Colorado
  • Full-spectrum and THC-free CBD oil
  • Special discount for military, veterans, students and low-income families
  • Affordable prices
  • Lab-tested for quality

  • No broad-spectrum CBD oil

2. HealthworxCBD

The second best on our list is HealthworxCBD from Colorado, where you can find a high-quality CBD oil for sale. What sets them apart from other brands, is the terpene-enhanced type of CBD oil you can buy from them. These terpenes give a special aroma to the oil which makes the CBD experience better. The full-spectrum CBD oil by HealthworxCBD contains less than 0.3% THC and all products are tested by a third-party lab to confirm this. All results are available on their website.

HealthworxCBD uses the CO2 extraction method and only organic non-GMO hemp from Colorado to make their products. MCT coconut oil is carrying oil with no artificial ingredients. In addition, their products are pesticides-free and have affordable prices. Another great thing about them is that they offer free shipping on all orders over $75.

  • CBD oil for focus, relax, sleep and energy
  • Organic hemp from Colorado
  • Full-spectrum, Terpene-enhanced, and THC-free CBD oil
  • Wide range of potencies 200mg to 5000mg CBD per bottle
  • Natural ingredients

  • No international shipping


CBDistillery offers a top-quality CBD oil made from organic hemp from Colorado. They give you the chance to choose from full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or THC-free CBD oil tinctures which are available at great prices. They also provide additional discounts if you subscribe to their newsletter. CBDistillery is a brand that has been in this business for a long time and it seems that they know their way around making a good CBD product. Transparency and care for customers are at the top of their list, so you would definitely feel good buying at their store.

All the products available for sale at CBDistillery are lab-tested and the CBD oil tinctures have various potencies from 250mg to 5000mg CBD per bottle.

  • Affordable prices
  • CBD Oil tinctures at different potencies 250mg to 5000mg CBD
  • US Hemp Authority Certified
  • Full-spectrum, broad-spectrum and CBD Isolate

  • There is no money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied with the product

Charlotte’s Web

Any brand that uses organic hemp grown in Colorado is usually considered to produce high-quality products. One such brand is Charlotte’s web that prides itself on selling a top-notch product in different flavors. At their shop, you can choose from mint chocolate, olive oil, orange blossom, or lemon twist flavor and enjoy the CBD oil taste. Furthermore, every product is tested by an independent lab and the results are published on their website and even available for download.

Another interesting product you can buy at Charlotte’s Web is their starter size CBD oil which contains 17mg of CBD. This product is ideal for beginners because it’s low-potent and allows its users to control their CBD intake. They also offer stronger CBD oil tinctures.

  • CBD Oil tinctures in four different flavors
  • Starter size CBD oil with 17mg of CBD
  • Made from organic Colorado-grown hemp
  • Lab-tested

  • Their prices are a bit higher


This Arizona-based CBD brand is a well-known brand for CBD oil that provides a great CBD oil. Purekana uses organic hemp from Kentucky to extract CBD and produce CBD oil tinctures in three different potencies: 300mg, 600mg, and 1000mg of CBD. For a better experience, they have added four flavors, which makes these products taste better. Purekana CBD oil tinctures come in vanilla, mint, citrus, and natural flavor.

Here you can buy a great-quality full-spectrum CBD oil which is lab-tested for purity, quality, and safety.

  • Kentucky-grown organic hemp
  • Three potencies available
  • Four different flavors
  • Tested by independent labs

  • High prices

Nuleaf Naturals

If you are looking for full-spectrum CBD oil without any added ingredients, then Nuleaf Naturals is the brand for you. They have specialized in producing only CBD oil tinctures and don’t sell any other CBD products. At Nuleaf Naturals you can find products made from 100% organic hemp oil with different strengths. They pay attention to quality and test every product.

  • Full-spectrum CBD oil
  • Five different potencies
  • 100% natural organic hemp oil
  • No additives

  • No THC-free CBD oil
  • Only CBD oil tinctures available in their store

Royal CBD

Royal CBD is a brand that stands for all organic. They use US-made CBD organically grown and even use sustainable materials for their packaging. There are three different flavors to choose from - natural, citrus, or mint. Furthermore, Royal CBD sells CBD oil in four strengths from 250mg, 500mg, 1000mg, and 2500mg of CBD per bottle. Finally, all products are being sent to independent lab for testing to ensure the quality of each product.

  • Free shipping on all orders
  • Three different flavors of CBD oil
  • Full-Spectrum CBD oil
  • Four potencies - 250 mg, 500 mg, 1000 mg and 2500 mg

  • No THC-free CBD oil

How to Identify High-Quality CBD Oil for Sleep?

As we mentioned before, choosing the best CBD oil for sleep is not an easy task, especially because all brands selling it would promote it in the best possible way. If a product is well presented it doesn’t mean that it has a great quality or it is effective. Hence it’s easy to make a mistake and buy a low-grade product if you don’t have enough information on how to recognize the quality of CBD oil. Therefore, our list would help you select the right brand, however, it’s good to know which criteria we have used to prepare it.

Firstly, find out what type of hemp is used for CBD extraction. All reputable brands use only organic and non-GMO hemp and this allows for a high-quality end product. This means that there are no pesticides or heavy metals included in the production process. Next, all other ingredients should be natural, any artificial additives would jeopardize the content and make the product less effective or harmful to users. Another indicator of quality is the CBD extraction method. There are different methods of extraction and the only one that is safe, but at the same time more expensive is the one that includes CO2. Here there are no harmful solvents included which ensures the safety of the CBD oil. Lastly, all products need to be tested by an independent lab to check the quality, safety, and purity of the content. If you follow these criteria while making your selection, you will without a doubt find the right product for you.

Is CBD Oil Effective in Treating Insomnia?

Testing the effectiveness of CBD oil is one of the biggest challenges for researchers. As its use has been increased rapidly in the last couple of years, naturally they like to scientifically prove the benefits of CBD oil. What we can learn from the recent studies and from the consumers’ experiences is that this product does wonders in treating many conditions. CBD oil has helped in treating anxiety, depression, sleep deprivation, or insomnia, and it has a great role in treating the symptoms of many diseases. The consumers report that CBD oil helps them relax, stay focused, give them energy, or helps them treat chronic pain.

Let’s see how does CBD oil actually works. Every person has an endocannabinoid system or also known as ECS which naturally produces cannabinoids even when we don’t consume any CBD. This system plays an important role in keeping the balance of all bodily functions. Accordingly, when people consume CBD oil, the CBD connects with the ECS and works together in combatting against all attacks to the body, which mainly are inflammations and infections. Therefore, we can conclude that CBD oil can be effective in treating insomnia.

What is the Recommended Dosage?

Every product or supplement used for treating some type of disease or illness has a recommended dosage. When it comes to CBD oil or any CBD product in general, there isn’t a standardized fits-to-all type of dosage. In essence, each seller gives some information on the dose that would be suitable on the product label. Still, this needs to be determined by each individual user. In reality, you can’t overdose by getting a bigger amount of CBD oil because it shouldn’t consist of a high level of THC.

The main recommended dose for CBD oil for first-time users is one drop per day. It’s important to start with a low dosage so you can determine what kinds of effects it has on you. Once you feel that you have reached your comfort zone you can start increasing the dosage. Anyway, you need to take some factors into consideration when determining your dosage. Initially, the height and weight of a person influence its toleration. For example, if your weight is around 130 pounds your optimal dose of CBD per day would be 15mg to 17mg. For a higher weight of over 250 pounds, it would be 22mg to 23mg of CBD for people looking for a lighter dose. The next thing to have in mind when determining the right dosage for you is the potency of the CBD oil. It goes without saying that a drop of 5000mg CBD oil is not the same as the one from 250mg CBD oil. And lastly, it all depends on the disease or condition you are treating. Some therapies require a stronger dose of CBD, while others a lighter one.

Ways to Get Better Results by Using CBD Oil for Sleep

To optimize the effects of CBD oil, you need to be aware of the best ways to use it and see better results in your sleep. First and foremost, when taking CBD oil consistency is key. Once you determine your dosage, you need to make sure that you don’t miss a day without taking it. By regular and consistent use, you allow the CBD to work its magic and help in maintaining the balance of your body and your hormones. Furthermore, including CBD in your wellness routine requires patience because this product doesn’t work immediately. Sometimes it can take longer for you to feel its effects.

It’s not advised to take CBD oil for sleep 2 or 3 minutes before you go to bed. In that way, you won’t allow your body to absorb it and process it right. For that reason, take it at least 1 to 2 hours before your bedtime. Ultimately, the effects will be imminent if you keep an open mind and believe that this product will help you. If you are negative towards it, it’s very likely that it won’t give you the desired benefits. Any person who suffers from insomnia would undoubtedly feel frustrated if there are no results but don’t give up too soon.

Possible Side Effects of Using CBD Oil

CBD oil is a widely used product in the USA in the past few years. Other than oil, there are plenty of other CBD products available on the market. People try to treat various conditions by using CBD gummies for anxiety, CBD cream for chronic pain, or CBD capsules for focus. All these products are made of CBD mixed with natural ingredients and some include melatonin to help with sleep. Generally, all CBD products are safe to use and there are some mild side effects that might appear and you should be aware of.

When consuming CBD oil you might get drowsiness, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting. Also, you shouldn’t be surprised if you notice a change in your appetite. Sometimes you might feel very hungry or you might experience a loss of appetite. Rarely, there are some cases of higher blood pressure or lightheadedness. These side effects might appear depending on a person’s ability to absorb the CBD or digest it. Until today, there haven’t been any other severe side effects reported.

Final Thoughts

We hope that this guide to finding the best CBD oil for sleep helps you find what you were looking for. Whichever brand you choose from our list you won’t make a mistake. Moreover, you can do your own research as well, and read what many researchers have to say about the use of CBD in treating ailments. Ultimately, before you incorporate the CBD oil in your daily routine you should discuss it with your physician. It’s always a great idea to get a professional opinion, especially from a person who is aware of your condition and medical history. Normally, CBD oil doesn’t interfere with any therapy, but you should double-check this to be on the safe side.

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Local Musicians Contribute to Singer-Songwriter Joe Wunderle’s Full-Length Debut

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2020 at 3:40 PM

  • Louis Haas
A well-known name in the Cleveland community, singer-songwriter Joe Wunderle moved to Cincinnati earlier this year but not before recording his terrific debut full-length, Nowhere From Here. The album, a collection of folk-y tunes that Wunderle wrote over the past couple of years, comes out on Sunday on all digital platforms.

“I was born in Akron and lived in Lakewood for a long time,” he says via phone. “I listened to all kinds of stuff. I used to be really into death metal and rock ’n’ roll but also blues and folk music. I started writing my own songs when I was 18. I’ve been writing for a long time.”

Recorded last year in a two-room apartment above the Plank Road Tavern in Lakewood, the album features guest appearances by several local musicians. The street sounds come through the windows and the barroom downstairs leak into the 11-track release that tells of “mankind’s continual demise and rise from struggle from all things personal to surreal.”

“We just sat in my living room and recorded where I sat and wrote the tunes,” Wunderle says. “I had a blanket hanging up that divided that room from the rest of the apartment. I used it for heat, but I think it did some sound dappening.”

The disc includes Anthony Papaleo (Mo’ Mojo, Rebekah Jean) on fiddle, Jason Willis (Cory Grinder Band) on upright bass, Austin Stambaugh on mandolin and Stephen “Tebbs” Karney (Rodney & the Regulars) on pedal steel. The pedal steel really drives songs like opening number "Keep the Rain," a twangy tune sounds like a cross between Uncle Tupelo and Bob Dylan. Somber songs such as "Gone Too Far" have such a familiar feel that they sound like traditional ballads.

“Tebbs I had seen playing with Rodney & the Regulars and the Cory Grinder Band. He’s awesome. I’ve been friends with him ever since,” says Wunderle. “He’s a good dude and a heck of a steel player. Anthony [Papaleo] is the best guitar player that I know. I feel silly asking him to play fiddle. They’re fans of my music – I had given them some older recordings. I wanted them guys playing on it. What I had in mind when writing the songs was that kind of orchestration.”

American Primitive, a label first started by Stambaugh and Wunderle in 2019 to document a crop of new guitar players and songwriters, will release the album.

“Austin and I started the label to release our own DIY stuff,” says Wunderle, “but we want to release similar artists and friends of ours too.”

While places like the Winchester and the Beachland — two of the local venues where Wunderle used to perform — are currently not hosting live music, Wunderle hopes to revisit them once the pandemic ends.

“It’s a total bummer,” he says of not being able to play live. “We’re just going to release the album and have it out there. I’m just doing odd jobs for right now, and I’ve been quarantined doing some writing and reading.”

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