Joe got his first guitar at 16 years old and started taking group lessons about 17 years old at the Contemporary Institute of Guitar in Roslyn New York. He was learning theory and technique for classical guitar. His teacher was Christopher (Now - Beau) Deloach, he also wrote music for Broadway Plays in NYC and performed small classical concerts around NYC area. Joe was one of Christopher’s biggest groupies but was not a-tuned to classical music. Then Joe went to a show of Christopher’s that was a Country/Bluegrass performance and that’s when Joe said that is the style of music he would like to learn how to play. Joe continued weekly lesions until he moved to New Mexico at 19 years old, in 1977. Joe went back to New York in the summer of 1978 to continue guitar training with Christopher.
Joe had a chance to showcase his song “ The Ski Rock Bop “ at a Nashville Songwriters Association open mic in Manhattan. They liked the song and said that he should get a recording done with a 5-piece band behind it. 25 years later he sent that song into Paramount Group in Nashville, won a director's award and so he had the 5 –piece recording done by Paramount Group.
In Joe’s early days he has performed in several places around the west; The Chaparral, Cree Meadows Country Club, The Inn of The Mountain Gods, The best Western Swiss Chalet and several coffee houses all in the Ruidoso New Mexico area where he lived at the time.
Joe performed out of his home area at the following; Deer Valley Ski Resort, The Alamo Bar in the Park City Utah. Outside of Zion National Park at the Bit & Spur Restaurant & Saloon Hurricane, UT. The Mackinaw Inn in Lake Tahoe California. Joe was also a paid musician on several Grand Canyon River trips with Sobek White Water Exp. Joe was also a full time river guide in the Grand Canyon where he picked up the name Joe Jangles, because people really loved his version of the song Mr. Bojangles.
Joe also performed as a duo with his X- wife Sue, several years mostly in New Mexico. They appeared on KUNM Radio show “Live at the outpost” June 30 1995 in Albuquerque NM for a hour show.
Joe has performed locally here in his now home area at the following venues; Rhythm and Brews and the Saturday Farmers Market in Albany, The Beanery, New Morning Bakery, American Dream Pizza, Les Cave’s, The Old World Deli, Belle Vallee and Bombs Away Café to name a few here in Corvallis. Now has started doing house concerts that lends itself to be a really good fit.