Here’s what Joe had to say about how he created the music:
I was listening to all American musical styles of the late 50s. Kate Buckley and I discussed that the music wanted to be a cross of Gospel/Spirituals, Country, Jazz, and Civil Rights music of the time. So I used chord progressions from Spirituals that I added a jazz chord extensions to.
Melodies are jazz and country influenced. The mixture of trumpet, saxophone, harmonica, and violin playing those melodies creates, what I believe is a very unique sound. The melodies and minor chord progressions are full of a feeling of struggle and hope.
I hope that the music takes the audience back in time. I hope that they feel the sense of struggle and hope that I believe is at the heart of my compositions. I also hope that the production reminds the audience that this really wasn’t that long ago and as a country we must continue to push for civil rights and equality for all. We’ve come a long way as a nation, but we still also have a long way to go.