Wednesday, October 26, 2016

YouTube Channel Profile Series: Joe Jenkins

Now's a good time to post this month's YouTube Channel Profile on the site, as we're once again looking at a YouTube channel that largely focuses on local metal, hard rock, and or/punk-relevant videos! This month's randomly selected channel focuses on a prolific Sault Michigan-area artist who you may recognize as both a live guitarist and solo guitar demonstrator online, so read on below for this month's YouTube Profile!
Joe Jenkins (

Owner: Project 906 guitarist "Big" Joe Jenkins, also known from older Sault Michigan-area bands like The Bottom Line, Exiled, Full Throttle, and Ten Kings

Channel Timeline: Launched on September 16th, 2011; Videos posted from April 2012 until March of this year

Channel Summary: A personal use channel whose launch predates his recent local band work, Joe describes his channel as being "about having fun with the guitar & effects". To that end, he has 19 videos posted of him playing guitar for either performance or demonstrative purposes, including two covers, a series of instrumental songs and segments, and increasingly in the past year, tests of new gear and pedals. As well, his first video is a short basketball slam dunk clip and is not music related.

Why You Should Watch: If you enjoy YouTube channels featuring guitarists performing solo compositions, covers, and tech demos, this is well worth your time, especially given that Joe is a local talent! However, videos of his local bands are not featured on his YouTube channel, with videos of them typically being posted on bands' own online pages when active. With all of that said, Joe has dozens of videos and followers on his Instagram page, which has most (if not all) of his YouTube uploads as well, plus more references to his bands, so that may be more worth subscribing to if you're an Instagram user.

Our Recommended Videos To Check Out

TRUE LIES - KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD (COVER): Joe's YouTube channel is not highly populated with covers (Instagram has more), but with over 800 views, his rendition of Kenny Wayne Shepherd's "True Lies" from September of last year is far and away his most popular on that site. Featuring a black & white film grain filter, Joe handles this blues rock number nicely, as played along with the original track, and he nails the guitar solo with some extra flourish, so fans should enjoy this cover! His other YouTube cover is of Soundgarden's "Outshined".

PITCH BLACK (ORIGINAL SONG) BY BIG JOE JENKINS: Not counting original riffs, solos, and jams, Joe has two named original songs that he performed for YouTube videos, including "Jedi Flip" and, as featured here, "Pitch Black", a song featured by name in no less than four of his uploads. This copy, from October of last year, is a re-recording to allow an unidentified friend to record a drum track, though if the version with drums was publically released, it's not on YouTube. The track is obviously unfinished, and could use more of a solo, but a solid hard rock number is there, and hopefully a fleshed out version comes online at some point!

GUITAR PEDAL GAIN STACKING!! (PAUL C TIMMY + IBANEZ TS808 + TS9 + NEW IBANEZ ANALOG DELAY MINI!!): In the past year or so, Joe's YouTube channel has focused largely on videos to show off, demonstrate, or compare his guitar gear, and if his Instagram following is any indication, there's a definite audience! One of the better ones, despite a cold he was battling, features Joe trying out some new guitar pedals that he bought in March, and offering some running commentary on how they sound and feel. Guitarists in particular will appreciate his videos on his gear, and he definitely knows what he's talking about, but again, visit Instagram for more similar videos!

I hope you guys liked this month's YouTube Channel Profile! This series will return on November 22nd, and after a random selection we have chosen multiple channels, as the first channel that we randomly drew only had one video, as did the second! With that said, we'll be looking at YouTube user matti7915's channel (featuring one Dirty Virgin video), local pop punk project Anthems vs. Ocean's channel (with one For July-era song), and A Dire Setback drummer Nick Kainula's YouTube channel (featuring a video of his old band Unbound), so look for all of this on or around November 22nd, and stay tuned for weekend concert previews next! Thanks everyone!

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