Overview: Joe was raised mostly in the southern Appalachians, in North Carolina,
and absorbed the music almost from the time he could walk.
He doesn't stop at this however! He is equally at home in popular
Country music, writes songs about space exploration, and plays Irish, Scots,
Bluegrass and Western music with equal facility.
When his family moved to Phoenix for the final time, in 1961, Joe
began learning guitar, hanging around cofeehouses, mariachi bands, bluegrass
groups, and a place called "J.D.'s," where he would sneak in to listen to a
local guy called Waylon Jennings. With the "folk boom" of the '60's just
hitting it's stride, he found that all that music he had learned as a child
stood in good stead.
His first "real pro" gig came at age 18. The Phoenix acoustic scene was
active and thriving and Joe hung out with people (then unknowns) like John
Denver, the Irish Rovers, and Jim Connor ("Grandma's Feather Bed") and with
some of the best in Dixiel Artist Site
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