|Joe Jonas Biography|
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Joe Jonas is a singing icon. "As he nears 70, Joe Jonas' voice remains rich, crystal clear, and powerful. His years of gigging and the deep emotional charge that escapes though his music places him in that increasingly rare category of "must hear" vocalist". - Living Blues Magazine January/February 2006.
Joe grew up in Beaumont, Texas. That's off of I-10 and 69, between Port Arthur and Houston. Joe has been struggling to be heard almost since birth. His life wasn’t easy. His father’s brutal rule could have left him broken. And his early experience recalls the classic struggle between church and the devils music.
I was just trying to maker a living. I didn't know all of the (other musicians). I'd sit in (with bands) and decided to form my own operation.I started with a guitar player and did private parties." Joe eventually spent some time in California where he got to work for a weekend playing piano with Pee Wee Crayton, Lowell Fulsom, and Jimmy McCracklin. Now, thirty-nine, Joe was ready to try recording and hooked up with McCraklin who got him into a studio to record several of Joe's songs including "Blue Soul" and "Life Was Cold". Back in Dallas, he soon found himself playing music with The Soul Creators, and The Wailers. With help from old friend, Ray Winkler, Joe released the CD, "Hog Wild for the Blues" in 1998. The following year, he fronted a band that played the notorious Huntsville Prison. The recording, "Juke at the Joint" was released in 2000. Joe still marvels at the experience.
By 2002, a third recording, Blue Soul was released. On this CD, Joe rerecorded some of the music he worked on for McCracklin. The CD featured much of his own writing and one straight gospel tune that took him back to his childhood. Church was at the center of Joe's family life. "We were Southern Baptists - blue collar church people. Joe was gaining notice and was invited to play gigs in England and Germany and was part of a few harmonica rumbles set up by Texas-based record labels. He also appeared on the CD, "Last of the Texas Bluesmen" for Top Cat Records. He spent months writing songs and worked with a band called Best kept Secret. His work with the band lasted until 2004. Though he has played everything from piano, congas, trombone, guitar, bass, and harmonica, he has settled on singing and playing harmonica. Joe tours internationally and can be seen performing at the House of Blues in Dallas.