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Critically-Acclaimed Singer Songwriter Joel Rafael Announces New Special on SiriusXM' s The Village

Joel Rafael -  SiriusXM Radio

Performing at Americana Music Festival; nominated for San Diego Music Awards "Best Americana Album"

Critically acclaimed California songwriter and seminal folk artist Joel Rafael will be featured on SiriusXM' s The Village this week in support of his new album, Baladista, which was nominated for "Best Americana Album" by the San Diego Music Awards. The special is available on demand for two weeks at under "The Village," and will air on the following dates on Channel 741 online in the United States and on Satellite in Canada:

  • Thursday, September 3 at 11:00am ET
  • Friday, September 4 at 12:00pm ET
  • Saturday, September 5 at 10:00am ET

In addition, Rafael will be showcasing at Music City Roots as part of the AmericanaFest - the Americana Music Festival and Conference - in Nashville on September 17. The show is set to start at 7:00pm, with tickets available for $10 at The event will be broadcast live on Nashville' s Hippie Radio 94.5 FM and be streamed online at

Upon his return from Nashville, Rafael will perform three shows throughout California:

  • Saturday, September 19 at Lavender Farm Music Festival in Valley Center, CA
  • Wednesday, September 23 at Tales from the Tavern in Santa Ynez, CA (with Sam Baker)
  • Monday, September 28 at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, CA (with Lance Canales & The Flood)

For more information on all shows please visit the Tour page.

Rafael released his 9th studio album, Baladista, on April 14 on Jackson Browne' s label, Inside Recordings. The album landed on three separate Billboard charts: #18 on the Top New Artist Albums Chart, #21 on the Folk Albums Chart, and #70 on the Independent Current Albums Chart. Rolling Stone France recently gave the album a 4 star review, with the U.S. Rolling Stone giving a respectable 3 stars.

People are talking about Baladista:

"Joel Rafael's songs are filled with passion and compassion. Passion for social justice, and compassion - for those among us who have to struggle for a place at the table of American prosperity. His voice is unmistakably his own, big, warm and strong, and a conductor for the human emotions that connect us all." - Jackson Browne

"Joel Rafael is a disappearing breed: a Guthrie-Dylan-Llewyn Davis-style folk singer and Vietnam draft-dodger armed with a harmonica rack and acoustic guitar, who sings tales of love and history flickering with ache and political outrage." - Rolling Stone

"A magnificent achievement, like a love-letter to the traditions of beautifully etched narrative songwriting. Like fine wine and few other things on this planet, the music of Joel Rafael seems to only grow richer over the years." - American Songwriter

"The must have Americana album of 2015" -

"It is an album overflowing with gentle, melodic grace." - No Depression

Joel Rafael has been writing and performing since 1974, and over the past decades has released a stunning collection of nine Americana albums, including a 2CD Woody Guthrie collection with five Guthrie/Rafael co-writes. As a solo performer and with his band, he opened shows throughout the southwestern United States for artists including Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne, Sheryl Crow, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Kris Kristofferson, Odetta, Laura Nyro, Joan Baez, Taj Mahal, Emmylou Harris, and John Lee Hooker.

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