The story behind this song comes from a documentary film called 'The Last Man On The Moon', where astronaut Eugene Cernan travels to the moon as part of Apollo 17. At the time, he travelled further than anyone has ever been, and has still to this day travelled faster than anyone has ever been as part of the Apollo 10 mission. He promised his young daughter Tracy that he'd bring her back a moonbeam and wrote her initials in the lunar dust. I was so inspired by the magic of this story, that this song came very quickly and easily. Written from the perspective of Tracy about her dad, wondering if he was going to make it home safe.
“The song’s chorus is rousing and it takes no stretch of the imagination to see it being played in large arenas in front of thousands of fans” - Wavebyte
“A marvellously endowed single, Daddy Gene is the appreciation of the stellar” - Liverpool Sound and Vision
Small World EP
Joe released his EP 'Small World' the night he played his Bluebird debut. Since, he has toured the EP around the UK, and has received praise for the five track collective from online magazines including Americana UK and Six Shooter Country.
"Musically there are some really soaring moments mixed with raw heart-wrenching and, with the right nurturing and people behind him, Joe can go places as an artist."
"Spiritually he’s rooted in the 1970s American singer-songwriter world of Don McLean, Jackson Browne and James Taylor. These songs amply demonstrate that he’s worthy of a seat at their high table."