Joe started guitar @ age 12 on Fathers' old Silvertone acoustic
First memorable musical experiences we're Fathers collection which
included early Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Allman Brothers, Jimi, Chuck Berry
& Motown sides. First bitten by the Blues bug in Junior High School after finding
a cassette copy of "John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, featuring Eric Clapton".
He then proceeded to hold it to his ear while walking the hallways of school
for the entire school year and following summer.
Not long thereafter, in 1983 he purchased a copy of Stevie Ray
Vaughans' "Texas Flood". SRV proved himself a huge influence as well as a
"jumping off" point into the Blues world around and, more importantly, before him.
Influences after this point include: Albert King, Freddie King,
Lightning Hopkins,Otis Rush, Jimmie Vaughan, Albert Collins, Johnny 'Guitar'
Watson, Duane Allman, Billy Gibbons, Lowell Fulson, B.B. King, John Lee
Hooker & many others. Also contributing to the education was a thriving local New
England scene as well. People such as Duke Robillard & Ronnie Earl from the
Roomfull of Blues empire. After establishing the 'Texas sound' as his favorite style of
Blues, he packed up his guitars and a footlocker and headed to Texas. Dallas, Texas.
It was there, while working at a local guitar shop, where he met a young Kenny
Wayne Shepherd. Not long after, KWS invited him back to his hometown,
Shreveport, Louisiana to help him form his new band. Joe was KWS’ first vocalist while also sharing guitar duties.
Two Platinum records, an Eagles tour through Europe, two North
American tours & a whole #$*!load of fun later they say... is history.
After departing from KWS in 1998, he started loading up for his
own release. While doing so, he also played guitar for regional legend Kenny
Bill Stinson as well as performing w/ his own band.
Finally, in 2001 "Burning Sands" was released on Louisiana Red Hot
Records to critical acclaim. He has been touring in support of "Burning
Sands" since, and is gearing up for a new release soon.
In 2006 He then got a call from KWS to help in production of a new
DVD that he was w shooting. The result was playing guitar on a track w/
New Orleans legend Bryan Lee. The DVD, entitled "Ten Days Out" was released in
2007 by Reprise and the song title is "Tina Marie".
The Fillmore West
Universal Studios Center
Radio City Music Hall
Tipitinas ( both )
B.B. Kings ( Memphis )
The Viper Room
The Municipal Auditorium
The Strand & many more
The Hollywood Bowl
House of Blues ( Most of 'em)
The Eagles (Hell Freezes Over- Europe)
Paul Rogers ( Bad Co.)
The Neville Bros.
G3 Tour w/ Joe Satriani, Steve Vai & Eric Johnson
SUPPORT ACT FOR / PLAYED WITH:
James Brown ( private B-day party ) Johnny Winter
Slash ( @ above ) Gov't Mule
James Burton Roomful of Blues
Bootsy Collins ( @ above ) Ian Moore
Leon Russell Otis Rush
Bo Diddley ( his band ) Junior Brown (Pres. Clintons' Inaugural Ball)
Storyville Jimmie Vaughan James Cotton
Double Trouble ( KWS' sessions / performances ) many more
TELEVISION / FILM:
Austin City Limits 1996 ( w/ Kenny Wayne Shepherd)
(Let Me Up) I've Had Enough (Nadeau,Shepherd,Selby) in Tri-Star
Motion Pictures, "The Fan", starring Robert DeNiro & Wesley Snipes.
2007 Reprise DVD, KWS' "Ten Days Out". Guitar track on "Tina
Marie" w/ Bryan Lee, KWS, Double Trouble and Jimmy Wallace