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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.
Joe Jonas PerformingStill music was always in his life in one form or other – a grandfather that Joe heard about but never met played boogie-woogie; the family’s church was filled with singing; and there were many, many nightclubs to be discovered in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas. In the 1960’s so not to be confused with other artists, Joe decided to change his name from Jones to Jonas. Joe played briefly with both Clifton Chenier and Clarence Garlow as a young man. He later recorded some 45s under his own name that received little or no distribution.

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.
 

 

 



 

A Singing Icon

 Living Blues Magazine Cover of Joe Jonas

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.

Testimonials

"The Joe Jonas Band put on a great show at Taste of Dallas this year. You were great to work with before, during, and after the show and all of the audience really enjoyed the music. Hope to work with you again soon and feel free to have anyone contact me for a reference." - The Entertainment Company
 
"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
 
"The Joe Jonas Band did an excellent job interacting with the crowd and keeping everyone entertained. We can't wait to have them back" - Uptown Village at Cedar Hill
 
 
“The Joe Jonas Band gave a terrific performance at AlleyFest 2008 and our audience absolutely loved them” - AlleyFest
 
“The Joe Jonas Band was the highlight of our Presidents Club meeting. Great music, great vibe, great fun” – Medical Technology Solutions
 
"The Joe Jonas Band is a terrific band that really drew the audience to the stage and no one left,  we'll invite them back next year. Keep up the great work! " - Trinity River Fiesta
 

Latest News

Book just released featuring Joe...

The book Texas Blues: The Rise of a Contemporary Sound was just published with interviews of Texas Blues Legends (such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Collins, and ... Joe Jonas) that are recognized as having a profound impact on the blues in Texas.  Joe is honored to be included with such great blues icons.  If you look to the left on our main page you will see the book cover.  Please take a moment to check it out and look at some interesting early photos of the mighty mighty Joe Jonas!  After that come listen to the Joe Jonas Band perform.  We'll get the excitement and energy going, but you will have to continue after we are done.

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And now under the heading “it doesn’t get any better than this”…

Girls: Dallas blues artist Joe Jonas isn't that Joe Jonas

By THOR CHRISTENSEN / The Dallas Morning News  

Dallas musician Joe Jonas has a new reason to sing the blues, and its name is Joe Jonas. Ever since the Jonas Brothers shot to boy-band superstardom, pubescent girls have been confusing the 71-year-old blues singer with the dreamy 18-year-old idol. "I'm the real Joe Jonas," he says. "I've been out here way before he was born”.The problems started last year when young girls began leaving messages and photos of themselves on Mr. Jonas' MySpace page. So many teen Jonasites visited the page that MySpace eventually had to shut it down. Things only got worse in June when Joe, Nick and Kevin Jonas bought a $2.8 million home in suburban Westlake: Suddenly, excited girls were leaving messages on Mr. Jonas' home answering machine – a puzzling development, since his number is unlisted. "People say, 'You have to change your phone number.' But I'm not changing it. I've had it for 30 years and if I change it, I'll be the loser," he says. Teenage girls have even starting showing up at his gigs. At a recent show in Cedar Hill, a man approached him with young daughters in tow to ask what time the Jonas Brothers would be arriving. "I told him 'I am the Jonas brother. Not the Jonas Brothers.'" The episode gives comic new meaning to the old blues standard "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl." But the Big D bluesman isn't laughing. He says if he ever meets his teenage namesake, "I'll tell him 'You have caused me a lot of problems.'" Dallas blues historian and KNON DJ Don Ottensman dubs the mix-up "just plain strange. ... I don't know if Joe's written one yet, but there's got to be a blues song in all of this."

 

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"It was 103 degrees and everyone just kept dancing in the streets!”

The Joe Jonas Band pulled off another incredible performance.  In the oppressive heat of the afternoon Texas sun the band drew a crowd of over 200 people up to the front of the stage.  The band stage was placed in the middle of the street so between the direct sun and the reflective heat it was… hot.  The audience continued to grow during the 90 minute set with everyone having a great time.  Every few songs Joe would encourage the audience to stay hydrated but they just stayed and continued to sweat.  Another smoking' hot summer day with the Joe Jonas Band.

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