Joel Rafael with Terry ‘Buffalo’ Ware on Sun, February 16, 2014

“In the society of illusion, reality must manifest itself. The story songs of Joel Rafael are that manifestation… the essence of minstrel.” —John Trudell

“The stories Joel Rafael tells, and the emotional spells his music weaves, have depth and beauty becase they come from so deep in his heart, and pierce so deep into ours…. He says his music is ‘a streak’ in his soul, but while your listening, it seems more like the whole damn thing.” —Dave Marsh