It Is What It Is
Joe is an Austin-based musician/songwriter who loves the process of creating songs and acknowledges the necessity of re-writing. Active in the Austin music community, he lives for the communal thrill of being a musical sideman and while he's painfully reserved about being out in front with the microphone, he's not immune. This group of songs explores a variety of songwriting genres - country, rock, pop and jazz - usually with a wry, quirky sense of humor/satire. And an unabated love of cookies. Kind of like Tom Waits trying to box with Barry Manilow with both hands tied behind his back. But better - and with a lot less mess. "It Is What It Is" was named one of Charlie Martin's (Program Director - Around the Town Sounds) favorite Austin-related albums of 2006 - KOOP 91.7 FM 'Joe Strouse allows me to introduce my listening audience to a style of music that does not limit itself to a genre. It's a refreshing change of pace and the attention to detail in Joe's writing provides a dimension that not many artists include in their music.' - Brian Smith, KMIL Central Texas Sounds Program Director, Milam Broadcasting.