Homer Joy signed on with Buck Owens Enterprises and Blue Book Music as a singer/songwriter in 1970. In his first 3 years with Blue Book Music, 69% of the 2 million records sold during that period were penned by Homer Joy.
“The Streets of Bakersfield”, written by Homer Joy in 1972, was a huge hit for Buck Owens in March of 1973. Homer wrote the song in ten angry minutes as he paced the streets of Bakersfield (in a new pair of boots that were killing his feet) working out how to get Owens' team to keep a promise to help him record some of his material in return for working on a Hank Williams tribute album for K-Tel Records. After Homer did his part on the Williams project, the Buckaroos were suddenly unavailable to keep their end of the bargain.
'Streets' became a #1 hit for Buck Owens and has been recognized by fans as the most popular country song ever written about a city.
His accolades include: a Grammy Nomination, A BMI Million-Air Award, nominations from the CMA and ACM, his song won a National Juke Box Award and he received The Nashville Songwriters International Achievement Award, along with one Gold and two Platinum albums.
In 1990, Homer started having a series of major heart problems.
While performing on the road in Canada, Homer had a heart attack. Later that year, he had surgery to install an A.I.C.D. unit.
Thinking he was well enough. An offer came from a major label to record his own album project. Old friend Buck Owens came out of retirement once more, to record a duet with Homer, of Homer's song, "John Law". Further heart problems put the project on hold and it was finally cancelled.
He has since gone through a few open heart surgeries, and in 2006 a heart transplant.
Homer was awaiting his heart transplant in Dallas when he got the word about Buck loosing his own battle with heart disease. Before Buck's death, Homer made a promise to his supportive old friend that if he were able to survive, he would go back to finish the project the two had started years ago.
Last year, Homer released that project, "Someday It'll Be Country," named for the resistance that Owens and he met during their careers. The CD features the song written by Homer called, "John Law," which was recorded with Buck Owens, and has topped the Independent Music Network country charts for a record-breaking 7 times!
When Homer sent me this new CD last year, I was hard-pressed to decide what songs to add to the rotation here at EMM Radio. The obvious choice, of course, was the "John Law" single, which is a song written about Buck Owens and his younger days on the road. But, there are so many great songs on this CD that they nearly ALL got immediate airplay on EMM.
From the brilliant lyrics of "I Just Called To Listen" ... to the great example of his singing abilities in "Sure Gets Cold When it Rains" ... to the fun dig at non-talented bar bands in "Play Me Some Rhythm And Blues" ... you will not find a bad track on this CD. Homer Joy brings classic country back with "Someday It'll Be Country." If you like true classic country, I have only two words for you: Buy it!
For these, and many other reasons, EMM Radio is glad to present Homer Joy as the EMM Radio Featured Artist of the Month for October 2008!