Guitarist Jerry Joseph, who grew up in San Diego, has released over thirty albums in his three decade career. In recent years, he has become known for his travels to war-torn areas to bring supplies and teach music. He has been to Kabul, Afghanistan to teach at an underground co-ed rock school and to a permanent refugee camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. "I believe in the power of giving those experiencing trauma a voice and through music," he says, "letting them know they aren't alone."
In late 2017, his band Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons released their album Weird Blood, produced by Dave Schools (Widespread Panic, Hard Working Americans). It culminated a year that included travelling to a refugee camp in Iraq and performing with South African musicians in South Africa, in addition to crossing the U.S. several times on tour.