Joe started out playing guitar and piano as a small child with his family in Dayton Ohio but the two instruments quickly took a back seat when he discovered a violin in his grandma's attic. Beginning classical lessons at age 10, he soon learned it was the right choice. By age 13 he was playing with a bluegrass band that toured weekends around the Ohio,Kentucky and Indiana area. Even though he continued his classical training through high school, the live music scene was where Joe wanted to be. After playing fiddle in a few bluegrass and blues bands and bass in a local rock band he decided to move to Nashville. Joe found steady work playing fiddle and acoustic with Ronna Reeves on the road and shortly after was hired on by Ken Mellons to play fiddle and mandolin. In the late 90's he teamed up with the Ohio based group Yankee Grey and signed a record deal with Sony/Monument. After brief success the group disbanded he started playing fiddle and mando with Tracy Lawrence where he is still today and is currently Tracy's band leader. Joe's discography continues to grow each year and includes artists such as Tracy Lawrence, Yankee Grey, David Ball, Billy Ray Cyrus, Daryl Singletary, Love and Theft, The Bellamy Brothers, Michael Peterson and The Christmas Grass records just to name a few. He has also produced several custom projects on the side and being a bow hunter and lover of the outdoors, is currently writing theme songs for commercials and hunting shows on the Pursuit channel. A fan of music across the board, his future plans include a mostly instrumental solo album that fuses a lot of genres.