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Joe the Crooner

You gotta be kidding me. This guy, first of all, should have zero credibility left. But after he’s expose as a fraud, he’s talking about running for Congress. That’s bad enough, but we already have a number of politicians who also know-nothing poseurs. But a record deal?

Move over, Sanjaya, and tell William Hung the news: Joe the Plumber is being pursued for a major record deal and could come out with a country album as early as Inauguration Day.

“Joe” — aka Samuel Wurzelbacher, a Holland, Ohio, pipe-and-toilet man — just signed with a Nashville public relations and management firm to handle interview requests and media appearances, as well as create new career opportunities, including a shift out of the plumbing trade into stage and studio performances.

On Tuesday, Wurzelbacher joined country music artist and producer Aaron Tippin to form a new partnership that includes booking-management firm Bobby Roberts and publicity-management concern The Press Office to field the multiple media offers he’s received over the past few weeks.

Among the requests: a possible record deal with a major label, personal appearances and corporate sponsorships. A longtime country music fan, Wurzelbacher can sing and “knocks around on guitar” but is not an accomplished musician or songwriter, according to The Press Office’s Jim Della Croce.

By inauguration day? I don’t know if he can sing or not, but anything turned out that fast is probably going to sound like a guy singing along with a mediocre karaoke track.

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