Joe Buchanan to lead January 27th Shabbat services in Scottsdale; perform full concert of original music on January 28th.

Scottsdale, AZ—In just over a week’s time, Texas-born and southern-raised Joe Buchanan will be belting his toe-tapping, Jewish-souled Americana music — music that’s steeped in Torah and the trials of the human spirit — right here in Scottsdale during an Artist-in-Residence weekend at Temple Kol Ami.

“Imagine country music and rock ‘n’ roll had a child, and [that child] was raised by its uncle, bluegrass, and spent a lot of time with its other uncle, blues music, and its cousin, folk music… that child is Americana music,” says Joe with a big smile from under an even bigger hat.

A blend of Southern soul and country charm, Buchanan’s music is grounded in the belief that there is always more room at the table. Joe grew up struggling with religion and his place in the world until one day, outside of the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C., his wife — 13 years into their marriage — revealed that she was Jewish. An exploration of faith led the way home for the whole family, and ultimately led to the creation of Joe’s debut album, Unbroken. Since his conversion, Joe has toured the country leading prayer, concerts, and workshops with the goal of driving connection to what connects us all, and to hold the door for other seekers.

“Simply put, Joe Buchanan is a Mensch,” said Rabbi Jeremy Schneider, spiritual leader of Temple Kol Ami (and native Texan). “His personal story is unique and his music is fresh and inspiring. We’re looking forward to a fun, country music infused weekend with Joe at Temple Kol Ami. Bring your boots, bring your hats; the whole community (y’all) is invited to TKA to, in Joe’s words, ‘Light the original Friday Night Lights!'”

Temple Kol Ami’s Artist-in-Residence Concert and Services are free to attend and open to the community, but registration is required. For details and registration, please visit or call Temple Kol Ami’s office at 480-951-9660.

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