About The Song

Fifteen years ago, a mash bill of corn, rye, & malted barley was poured into in a new white oak barrel & placed in a Kentucky rickhouse. There, it aged through bitter winter cold, and scorching summer heat, taking on the character of the wood that encased it. 

Its journey shadowed a personal trial of my own, and of my son’s.  Six months ago one of those bottles was uncorked.  And my son & I got to have a conversation that changed our lives for the better. 

“Calumet” was written in honor of that difficult part of our lives, and the complex - sweet and spicy flavor and character it produced. 

Song Reviews

Joe Pope shares his soul on refined and affirmative new single, Calumet”


Joe Pope's Latest Single is a Heartfelt Ode to Family and Life’s Complex Flavours” - Tamara Jenna


Joe Pope pens a soul-stirring tribute to resilience with 'Calumet'” - Austin Sher

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