"Mainland" is the first solo effort from vocalist and postmodern crooner Joe Moe. The album is comprised of original songs, collaborations and interpretations of tunes by Moe's friends and heroes. Formally the lead singer of Southern California avant garde bands Some Philharmonic and The Native Shrubs Of The Santa Monia Mountains, Moe has worked with many notable musicians, including Van Dyke Parks (who appears on two tracks on the new album).
Moe is descended from Hawaiian music royalty - grandson of pioneers Louisa and Pulu Moe, and grandnephew of Rose and Tau Moe.The Moe's introduced Hawaiian music to Europe and Asia in the early 1900s. Hawaiian traditional and pop culture string the songs on this debut solo album into a melodic lei of Cinerama scope. Similarly, the magical pull of the island homeland threads through the lives of Southern California's large Pacific-Islander community living in the shadow of that ersatz Mauna Loa, the Matterhorn.
A third generation Polynesian entertainer, Joe Moe is an authentic renaissance man: musician, filmmaker, special FX artist and designer of dark-rides for international theme parks.
Thanks to Peter Holmstedt at Hemifran