Feeling honored about tonight’s exclusive premiere on Last Day Deaf, of former NFL player for the Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Rams and San Diego Chargers, Joe Barksdale, and his latest single ‘Emotional‘. Barksdale explains about the track that it’s his “first attempt at addressing my mental health issues head on with no similes or metaphors“, while sound-wise is a serene blend of instrumental hip-hop, electric soul and imperial sampled speech.

Dope flow, substantial beat work, stylish vibes and bewitching melody prove to be a rousing showcase of the artist and make us look forward to his album ‘Omari‘, due out April 2nd. Meanwhile….

Press Notes:

Austin-based, acclaimed indie rock/electric soul/R&B artist and NFL vet, Joe Barksdale announces #MoonbeamMusicMonday, a weekly single release series as part of a multi-album project for 2021. Named after the single “Moonbeam” from his 2020 EP, Sincerely, #MoonBeamMusicMonday is in full swing, including four new release for February, with focus on the single “Emotional,” out 2/15/21. . Taking a different direction from Barksdale’s soulful Sincerely, these tracks are beat and production-driven and provide a more in-depth look at the artist Barksdale really is. This is done by including anecdotes from his early-childhood to the present day, and sharing these stories and encounters he’s never written about or discussed before. The songs are part of the year’s first quarter of releases, which will culminate on his album Omari, due out April 2, 2021.

Barksdale reveals, “Emotional” is his “first attempt at addressing my mental health issues head on with no similes or metaphors.”

A former NFL player for the Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Rams and San Diego Chargers, Barksdale has been featured in articles for sites, such as American Songwriter, V13.net, Pancakes and Whiskey, Austin Monthly, Austin Chronicle, ESPN, The Los Angeles Times, Fender, San Diego Tribune, and CBS Sports, among others.

He first fell in love with the guitar at the end of his 2013 season of football with the Rams. Though always an avid music fan, it was not until he suffered a tragic loss that, in searching for a way to heal, he discovered a passion for playing guitar. Not too long after, he began playing with some of the best musicians at local blues jams in St. Louis, MO. Continuing to hone his musical skills, influenced by the blues, rock and soul genres, Barksdale announced his first project, Butterflies, Rainbows, & Moonbeams in 2017. About the release, Blues Rock Review raved, “It’s an upbeat world, where funk and blues mingle, and where songs pop into existence, not because they fit within a certain genre, but because they’ll make the listener (and one suspects, the performer) happy.” Subsequently, he released Electric Soul in 2019, produced by Grammy award-winning Narada Michael-Walden, acclaimed EP Sincerely in 2020, and formally retired from his successful football career to pursue music full-time in Austin, TX. Now, free to focus solely on recording, Barksdale is determined to become a household name in the music world.

Stay tuned for more announcements as Barksdale gears up to drop new singles and albums throughout 2021!

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