Joe Bachman and the Crew will perform at 10 p.m. Aug. 3 at The Cell Block, 154 W. Third St.
"Ironically, I was the first band to play at the Cell Block. I was in a band that played in the outside area, and we played in October and it was 40 degrees outside. They had heat lamps for us," Bachman said. "I fell in love with the place, fell in love with the owners."
Joe Bachman and the Crew as a cover band have performed all over the East Coast for the last five years, and offer an array of music for their audiences. Members include Bachman, Angelique Buckley, Steve Turner, Jared Larew, Garret Watts and Jon Jacey.
Joe Bachman and the Crew will perform at 10 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Cell Block, 154 W. Third St.
For their show at the Cell Block, Bachman said the band does things a little different.
"We never take a break at the Cell Block, we play for a solid four hours and we have for every show I play there. We try and keep it as high energy as possible. I don't write a set list, I feel out the crowd," he said.
With the gifted musicians in the band, unexpected requests from the crowd can be fulfilled as well.
"Even if we've never played it before, we'll figure it out and play it on the spot," Bachman said.
Although the band plays a variety of songs, and mixes in originals as well, Bachman has been promoting his new album, "one" as a country artist.
Bachman's breaking into the country music scene not as your typical down South artist. "I'm a country artist born and raised in Philadelphia. I don't fit their mold. I'm not gonna sing about tractors. These are not the things I've grown up with. I believe country is a way of life. I was raised to go to church on Sunday, treat women with respect and grew up on Johnny Cash," Bachman said. "My father retired from the military, so I can appreciate the stories and the music so much."
Bachman said his first memories as a child were musically influenced.
"I never asked for sports stuff," he said. "I've been singing and asking for instruments since I was three years old."
Bachman identifies with Jason Aldean and Zac Brown as a "crossover" artist.
"You can play my album on a bunch of different formats," he said. Bachman even had the opportunity to work with Sister Hazel on his new album, with the lead singer featured. "We opened for them a couple times and we became friends. When I told Ken Block, he wanted to sing on one of my songs. He picked 'Brothers' to sing on. The relationship with the band has been awesome," Bachman said.
"About 10 days ago, the bass player called me and we went out and wrote a song. They are a huge supporter of the record."
Starting Sept. 1, Bachman's track, "Small Town Rock Stars," will be released nationally on radio and he's gearing up to record his first music video in August which will be featured on CMT.