oe was born in Mississippi, where his grandfather also was a fiddler.
After moving to Louisiana, Joe started playing the instrument when he
was 10 years old.
After living in many locations throughout the South and Southwest over
the years, Joe moved to West Virginia in 1967 and has been there ever
since. He has been active in the Mountain State's folk music scene for
30 years as a fiddler, recording artist, instructor and lecturer.
Besides performing at festivals and universities in the United States
and Canada, he has toured Africa, Australia, New Zealand and parts of
Europe, performing traditional Appalachian folk music. Joe also:
-- Is a founding member of The 1937 Flood, a band of fun-loving musical
irregulars who have been playing together (pretty regularly) for more
than 25 years.
-- Produced "Music From the Mountains" on West Virginia Public Radio. A
very popular show featuring live music that ran for twenty-five years.
-- Continues to play his fiddle and work at his music store "Fret'N
Fiddle" in Saint Albans, West Virginia.