Joel Ackerson is a storyteller. The music to his songs is built around the lyrics, which work together like the chapters of a book. His two solo albums \'Happy Songs For The Broken Hearted\' and \'The Affirmation Sessions\' tell the tale of a person learning to live without fear. The themes of personal accountability and loyalty are found throughout both albums. The story is often brutal in it's honesty, and will take you through a wide range of emotions before it's triumphant climax.