New Album from Austin-based, Indie Rock/Electric Soul Artist and NFL Player, Joe Barksdale 

While you may know Joe Barksdale as a stud offensive lineman for collegiate champs LSU or NFL teams such as the Raiders and Rams; he has transitioned from flattening defensive rushers to becoming a force in the music world with a unique approach to guitar and melody. “Moonbeam” is a sultry and swaying soul-tune with deep bass, jangly guitars, wavy synths and when Joe sings it’s easy to appreciate his silky and effortless voice that bends around the notes perfectly.”
(Pancakes and Whiskey)
“When we say that Joe Barksdale aims high, we absolutely mean that. Barksdale is a one-of-a-kind talent, a man capable of achieving whatever goals he sets for himself. He’s living proof of what one is capable if they possess a relentless work ethic aimed towards success and self-fulfillment.” (

“… a heavy dose of gritty blues with a traditional call-and-response interplay between the straightforward lyrics and the infectious, wah-heavy guitar riff. The song is a steering-wheel-palm-slapper for anyone driving around at night trying to resist the tornado of temptation that’s sometimes just a phone call away.”
(American Songwriter)“While he may only have a few years of experience on his instrument, Joe Barksdale demonstrates that he is a quick study. The scope of this disc, and the diversity of sounds in the arrangements, also make it clear that he has been a serious student of music for most of his life. It is an interesting assortment, with blues being a key element. When his football career comes to an end, it will be interesting to see how far he can go with music.” (Blues Blast Magazine)
 Hi – hope you’re well!

Austin-based, indie rock/electric soul artist and NFL player, Joe Barksdale announces his album, Sincerely,  out today, September 4 2019. 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 ESPN,  The Los Angeles Times, Fender,  San Diego Tribune, and CBS Sports, among others.

Barksdale describes the EP: ““I came up with the title of the album last and it also has the simplest explanation. I decided to name the album “Sincerely” because I always see my music as a way to communicate with and be honest and open with people. Being introverted, that isn’t always the easiest to do so the music really helps me with self expression and so forth. Due to the openness and honesty of this open letter (album) to my fans I decided to use the ending of a letter to someone as the title to my open letter to everyone.”

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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 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.


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