Joe Landes
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"Hey, will wonders ever cease. I got to tell you I go for 'Goin' Up North' big time. I think your singing and playing are excellent. I hear great emotional communication in your music."

- Fred Bolden, nephew of the legendary Mississippi John Hurt - Fred Bolden

"You might want to remember the name, because I think we're going to see him for quite a few years to come. He's an incredible, incredible blues guitarist."

- Tony "Doc Hollywood" Franklin, Tennessee blues harmonica player - Tony "Doc Hollywood" Franklin

"(Joe Landes is) a country blues player so hot that when he was born his momma put him in asbestos diapers."

- Gary Nelson, Cleveland folk musician - Gary Nelson

"Joe, you sound like a modern day Charley Patton!"

- Oliver Buck, noted Cleveland blues/Americana musician - Oliver Buck

"You impressed the s*** out of me!"

- J. Blues, noted Cleveland blues musician, after seeing Joe perform live - J. Blues


"Blues from 402" - 2007



Whether it’s a fiery delta blues number or one of his often personal original tunes, West Virginia native Joe Landes delivers, plain and simple, the blues. Armed with a steel-bodied resonator guitar, a brass slide, and a pair of stomping shoes, Joe attacks each song with a sheer ferocity that grabs the attention of the audience and doesn’t let go. He describes his sound as “guitar-slapping, foot-stomping, traditional blues,” and he isn’t far from the truth. This is definitely music you can dance to and enjoy.

Coming from a family of musicians, Joe himself picked up guitar at age 14 and hasn’t been able to put it down since. His influences include a wide range of musical styles and genres, but, along with his grandfather, he credits the old blues masters (Son House, Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, Bukka White, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, to name just a few) as having the greatest impact.

A few of his career highlights include being twice invited to play in Clarksville, Tennessee for their annual Riverfest and other events, opening for Jim McCarty (guitarist for Bob Seger and for Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels) & Mystery Train at the Winchester in Lakewood, and being invited to play at the 2007 Mahoning River Blues Festival in Youngstown.

Joe's recently released album "Blues from 402" is a live, all-original, home-recorded effort that offers a look into events from his life - his move up to Cleveland, his family, money troubles, and his struggle with religion, to name just a few topics.

Joe is presently working out material for two upcoming releases - a full length blues album and a themed EP album. As with "Blues from 402," both forthcoming albums will be, at their core, a look inside of the artist.

Joe currently resides in Cleveland, OH, and he can be found playing various shows throughout the Northeast Ohio area.