Reilly is Italian, Irish, and Native American (Cherokee). His background in the study and performance of many different musical styles, including Native American music, folk, blues, jazz, liturgical, and classical, as well as his academic studies of environmental justice and racism and spiritual roots in Catholicism and Native American religions has led to a writing style that incorporates these diverse influences into a unique and powerful voice. Reilly has included his music in many different ensembles and has collaborated with dozens of other artists to create group recordings and performances. From 1997-2001 Reilly was a singer with a Native American drum group called Treetown and performed at many Pow-Wows and Native American gatherings around the Great Lakes region. In 2001 he made his first recording as a solo artist, arranging a diverse group of musicians and singers as accompanists with him on nine original songs.
In 2001 Joe co-founded the Long Hairz Collective, a trio including Reilly, poet Brian Babb, and emcee William Copeland. Combining styles of hip-hop, folk, blues, and spoken word in their songs, the Long Hairz Collective recorded a CD in 2002 and continue to perform and successfully distribute their CD. Over the past year Reilly has spent much of his time coordinating the Faith Project, an extremely talented band in Chicago that includes Joe as its founder, jazz drummer Jon Faro, soul bassist Alejandro Cornejo, and Haitian master percussionist Camelo Romelus. Reilly recorded Planting Gardens with the Faith Project in June 2005.
His most recent release is kids' album entitled Children of the Earth. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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