He may not have a plumbing license, but word is out that Samuel Wurzelbacher — aka Joe the Plumber of McCain stooge fame — can croon a country tune. Politico reports that Joe is part of a new business partnership negotiating public-eye opportunities, and maybe a record deal.
On Tuesday, Wurzelbacher joined country music artist and producer Aaron Tippin to form a new partnership that includes booking-management firm Bobby Roberts and publicity-management concern The Press Office to field the multiple media offers he’s received over the past few weeks.
Among the requests: a possible record deal with a major label, personal appearances and corporate sponsorships. A longtime country music fan, Wurzelbacher can sing and “knocks around on guitar” but is not an accomplished musician or songwriter, according to The Press Office’s Jim Della Croce.
“He’s a complicated guy with a very dynamic personality,” Della Croce told Politico. “He can sing and obviously has a strong political point of view.”
Musician Aaron Tippin is Wurzelbacher’s partner in this endeavor. In the Washington Post, he tips his hat to Joe’s charisma.
The country star (whose new song is “Drill Here, Drill Now”) brought Joe into the fold after meeting him on the “Huckabee” show: “There’s something about that guy, his voice. People are drawn to him.” At the rally, “he reminded me of my first days in the music business. I told him, go out there and be who you are, and you know what, he did that.”
Apparently the plan is to have a JTP album out by Inauguration Day. If McCain loses, perhaps the release will be just in time for the kickoff of the Sarah Palin 2012 campaign. Imagine it: Sarah the Pitbull, all folksy charm and ruthless ambition, backed up by the First Dude and Joe the Singing Plumber and millions of largely undiscerning Americans. They could become the face and sound of a new revolution. Watch out: Whoever wins this presidential race, the new culture war begins now.
by Natalie Davis
Natalie Davis is an award-winning investigative reporter and interviewer who has worked in print and broadcast journalism since 1979. She earned her stripes working for WCVT, WRKA (Louisville), WCBM, CBS-Baltimore, and Sirius Satellite Radio (New York) and as a contributing writer and editor at the Baltimore Alternative and the City Paper alternative weeklies in Baltimore and Washington. Her writings have appeared in publications (print and online) around the world, including the Baltimore Sun, the Baltimore Afro, Music Monthly, Out Magazine, , Bay Windows, Business Credit, Mademoiselle, Institutional Investor, and many more. A committed pacifist, Davis is also a respected progressive-issues activist, organizer, musician, and public speaker. She co-founded and still moderates the Baltimore Activists Coalition and established the still-vital The Armchair Activist effort, which promotes citizen action for peace, GLBT equality, feminism, progressive issues, and human rights. Additonally, she operates Grateful Dread Public Radio, a community service Internet radio station. Her blog, All Facts and Opinions, resides at http://gratefuldread.net.
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