Carter Family, Dolly Parton or Johnny Cash. Experienc- ing his grandfather singing and playing along on the accordion or electric organ, looking like he was somewhere else, laid the foundation for the
love of music that has been a major driver in Joakim’s life ever since.
Growing up with a somewhat dysfunctional family in a small town in southern Sweden, music has always been a tool for him to put things into perspec- tive, both in good and negative ways.
Listening to storytellers like Townes Van Zandt, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Christian Kjellvander, Ryan Adams, Johnny Cash, Cornelis Vreeswijk, Joakim Thåström and Norah Jones among others certainly influenced the sound of Joakim’s first upcom- ing album.
Some lyrics are made‐up stories, for others Joakim found direct inspiration in his own life. How to move on from hard times, get up again and survive. How sadness and sorrow make life beautiful.
How it is essential to learn to appreciate and not take life for granted. And lastly, not wait until it is too late.