Musical Bio

Joel Bidderman isn’t your average acoustic performer, he’s a poet who has wandered from Hawaii to Florida, a nomad who has slept on countless couches, and he’s a compassionate advocate who has had a homeless man live with him for a year, and who has spent 9 years working with Navajo and Apache teens on reservations in Arizona and New Mexico. He has swam in swimming holes carved out by majestic waterfalls in the Grand Canyon, and has spent hours gazing deep into the night sky. And through it all, Joel weaves the contemplations of these events into his songs. That is what you get when Joel plays his songs: a journey.

Joel has played guitar for over 20 years, and when he performs, he brings an earthy folk vibe, influenced by his jazz and blues roots. His honest lyrics reflect a raw reflection on his faith in God, and a candor of his own weaknesses, while embracing a passion to live deep and to suck all the marrow out of life.

“Joel is one of those special people who is able to be many things well. He is a passionate and thoughtful songwriter whose music’s story finds a way of telling your story. He is an energetic and connected performer, able to hold the attention of the most diverse of crowds on any given night. He is a poet, reader, thinker, and learner, and strives to grow in his abilities in each while encouraging you to do the same. He is a compassionate servant of Christ, and seeker of truth in all aspects of life, art, and culture.”

Chad Cronin, 2|42 Community Church

“The Nomad Chronicles, Volume I, reminds me of acoustic, story-telling artists such as James Taylor, Jim Croce, and Phil Keaggy. This cd is for anyone who enjoys this style of music and the telling of story in lyrics. The Nomad Chronicles reminds us of the bigger story of our journey in this world – that it is in fact a journey through a land that is not our home. In this collection of songs Joel reminds us that we are we are on a journey toward the new heaven and new earth that will one day be our home. His lyrics speak to the emotions of our heart, the reality of our experience as nomads in this world, the kind of life we are called to live on our journey and to the Lord who is with us in each step we take.”

Mike Bradley, Alliance of Renewal Churches

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