If Joey Wit had only been a short-lived professional baseball player, that would have been enough of a legacy to satisfy his adventurous spirit. But after three years and multiple concussions, when his career ended abruptly, he was blessed with the hard-earned realization that he never felt as alive or awake in athletics as he did writing and performing music. As a boy who grew up listening to classic rock in the likes of the Beatles and Stones, while drowning in guitar catalogs before and between little league games, his homecoming back to music was both a dream and the hardest thing he's ever done, yet where he's supposed to be. Now, Wit is a tattooed indie rock singer with a sound influenced by contemporary alternative artists such as Wilco and Radiohead, along with the vintage progressive touch of bands like Yes and Pink Floyd, with an aspect of personal storytelling immersed in vulnerability. Featuring the single, "Reconsider," his debut record, "Eastern Standard" accumulated extensive radio play on the indie rock circuit. Wit and his band, The Definition, "stop and start their songs using the telepathy of familiar bandmates, infusing the material with dynamics that let the music go from a roar to a whisper of fingerpicking from one beat to the next," wrote The New Haven Independent. His songs lyrically describe deeply human journeys: Searching for someone to fall in love with; dreading the unknown; getting another, unexpected chance to run at a dream; making instant and profound connections at the wrong time; romanticizing past relationships. They portray, in equal measure, feelings of brokenness and of the glimmers of hope when piecing oneself back together. But they also pan back out to reflect a deeper belief, that the telling of these stories matter more than the stories themselves. That's what gets us through. Wit's sophomore LP, "Rose Gold", is scheduled for a Spring 2024 release, featuring the first single"Leave It to Me," which came in at #29 on the Radio Indie Alliance Charts, with contributions from Matt Starr (drums-Ace Frehley/Mr.Big) and 2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett & The Blackhearts) on lead guitar. He and his band, The Definition, will then hit the road with dates planned along the East Coast, USA and mainland Europe in the spring of 2024.
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