Achilles Tenderloin

Achilles Tenderloin

Achilles Tenderloin is Joe Augustin, an indie-folk & acoustic blues songwriter and guitarist from Richmond, Indiana.

Achilles Tenderloin is Joe Augustin, an indie-folk & acoustic blues songwriter and guitarist from Richmond, Indiana. Now 39, Joe has been performing his original songs and poetry for live audiences for over 25 years. He is a full-time performer, visual artist, and concert organizer, operating under the name ALMS: Augustin Live Music Solutions.

In addition to touring and recording his own music, Joe has been booking and hosting original live music concert series, festivals, and open mics for 25 years. Current recurring series include Lyricists' Corner, Flavor Notes, quarterly concerts at Morrisson-Reeves Library, and weekly concerts at Elstro Plaza for Richmond Parks & Recreation. Joe also manages music events for Starr-Gennett Foundation and co-founded charity concert company SONA: Society of Neutral Angels with Kevin Milner, in 2013.

Joe's musical style and songwriting draw inspiration from a wide array of influences, ranging from the guitar stylings of pre-war blues artists Skip James and Son House to 1960s folk songwriters Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, as well as contemporary indie-folk artists, including Jolie Holland and Neutral Milk Hotel.

Joe is currently hard at work with Producer Patrick Himes at Reel Love Recording on his forthcoming record, Tincture for Trouble, which is due for official release in March 2023. Blues Silhouettes and Don't Be Long, two singles from the album, will drop June 21, 2022 on Bandcamp and achillestenderloin.com. Physical copies will be available at live shows. Visit our Tour page for upcoming concerts!

The album features a strong cast of collaborators, including Kate Wakefield (Lung), Mo Lawson (Mister Moriah, Moriah Haven), Joe Macheret (The Tillers), Aaron Nell (The Deep End), Anna Pasquarello (Anna p.s.), Khrys Blank (Solistic), Rob Funkhouser, Dave Hadley (June Star), and Brian Hoeflich (Cherry Lee & The Hot Rod Hounds), as well as Loran Bohall and Kevin Grove of Bigfoot Yancey. It's rumored that one track will feature Cherry Lee & The Hot Rounds in its entirety!

Previous Achilles Tenderloin studio releases inlude Ithaca (2001), The Bath (2005), Blind Oedi & The Case of The Secret Carnival (2011), and Stronger Than Wine (2014).

"Joe Augustin has no problem bringing both a thoroughly addictive and refreshing sound to the new blues scene." - John Vermilyea, Blues Underground Network

"The compelling original songs make Stronger Than Wine a fascinating and innovative interpretation of the blues. File this one under 'Brave New Blues.'" - Graham Clarke, Blues Bytes

SAMPLE AUDIO FROM TINCTURE FOR TROUBLE (2023)

Don't Be Long - Now Available on Bandcamp!

All songs written by Joe Augustin (Achilles Tenderloin)
Joe Augustin: guitar and lead vocals
Kate Wakefield: cello and vocal harmonies
Moriah Lawson: mandolin and vocal harmonies
Brian Hoeflich: percussion and upright bass
Produced and engineered by Patrick Himes at Reel Love Recording Company in Dayton, Ohio.

I'm goin' to the city to sell my song
Goin' to the city, but I won't be long
Don't be long
Just follow the stream to the railroad track
Follow this dream to the city and back
But I'd rather be kiss, kiss, kiss, kiss, kissin' you

Don’t be long

Went to the city to sling my print
Try to squeeze three dollars from the four I spent
Don't be long
I'd rather sing underneath your tree
Maybe you'll share your peaches with me
I'd rather be kiss, kiss, kiss, kiss, kissin' you

Don’t be long

Goin' to the city to sell my song
Goin' to the city, but I won't be long
Don't be long
Got a pocket full o' pickin and rhymes
To trade for bottles and nickels and dimes
But I'd rather be kiss, kiss, kiss, kiss, kissin' you

Don’t be long

Went to the city to sell my soul--
Try a deal with a devil--his hands were full
Don't be long
Brought five and forty for the radio
Please spin my story, so I can go--
Home

Blue Silhouettes - Now Available on Bandcamp!

All songs written by Joe Augustin (Achilles Tenderloin)
Joe Augustin: guitar and lead vocals
Kate Wakefield: cello and vocal harmonies
Moriah Lawson: mandolin and vocal harmonies
Anna Pasquarello: flute
Aaron Nell: penny whistle
Brian Hoeflich: percussion
Patrick Himes: electric bass
Produced and engineered by Patrick Himes at Reel Love Recording Company in Dayton, Ohio.

The curve of your arm
Is the comfort I crave
My moon, my castaway crush.
I'll weather the storm
In taverns and caves,
While I covet the warmth of your touch.

Hang on to your heart;
And I'll carry mine.
Let none of us run, when we're called.
Just crawl through my window,
Some slow, summer night;
And throw blue silhouettes on the wall.

I saw, through the fog,
Your faraway isle,
When you laid your green lamp on the dock.
Just sing me to sleep
From your bright, crescent beach,
While I try not to crash on the rocks.

Hang on to your heart;
And I'll carry mine.
Let none of us run, when we're called.
Just crawl through my window,
Some slow, summer night;
And throw blue silhouettes on the wall.