Joe Jencks




I caught this shot of Ichiro during batting practice in Chicago (June 8th, 2011)

Dear Friends!

I hope the beginning of summer finds you well. I am sitting at the local quick-lube in Evanston, having the Honda looked over before I hit the road for several weeks. I am just wrapping up 10 days at home. It has been good. My sweetie and I took in a few baseball games, had a few BBQs, spent time with family and friends, and generally enjoyed the brief vacation from our normal activities. My wife is a HUGE Seattle Mariner’s fan. SO it was fun to see them in Chicago for a series with the White Sox. Seattle won one of the games, which made us happy.

But the road beckons, and my beloved needs to return to her PhD. studies. So… off we go for the next adventures.

The big news presently is that the Brother Sun CD is finished!!! Greg, Pat and I have been working diligently on this project since early January, laboring to discover the best way for us to make a record that still sounds like us at the end of process. The end result is a record that is very dynamic, transparent, and accessible. It is exactly what we sound like, nothing more and nothing less. Honest and sincere. I am very proud of the work we have done together so far, and look forward to the continued evolution of our sound.

I think the most satisfying review I have heard yet actually came from my sister Jen. After listening to the CD, she said, “You are pushing each other to reach beyond the musicianship you have developed to this point. You are inviting each other to grow. And it sounds fantastic!” Thanks Jen. We think so too!

If you would like to order the CD, you may purchase it from me directly ( /206-619-4104), or order through the Brother Sun web-site:

Solo and Brother Sun shows will occupy the rest of June and July, as well as some much anticipated time at home. August will find Lynn and myself in El Salvador for a few weeks as she does research on her PhD., and we take in a few weeks at a Spanish language school. Then up to Ontario for a brief solo tour, and then back to the Midwest for a Brother Sun tour.

And for those that have been following along, I am now 3.5 months smoke/tobacco free! Thanks for all the support, notes of encouragement, and kind words.

I hope the summer brings you much joy, and some well deserved down-time with friends. I look forward to seeing you down the road somewhere soon!

In Gratitude and Song,