Joe Poppen Band

Joe Poppen Band


Roots rock and inspired "Blues that grabs a hold of your soul!"- The Boston Herald. "I now have a new respect for the Boston music scene."- Tony Van Veen, CEO of Disc Makers. Represented by Mojo Music Group.


*Winner of the 2008 Boston Blues Challenge Semifinals.
*Nominated for Boston's Best Female Vocalist by WBZTV 2007 and 2008.
*Featured on the Rockabilly Hall of Fame website

*Together, Joe Poppen and Black Betty have shared the stage with Roomful of Blues, George Clinton and the P-Funk Allstars, Tom Principato, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Bobby Parker, Everclear (Cuba), Peaches (Exotic Erotic Ball), Snoop Dog (Exotic Erotic Ball), Peter, Paul and Mary, Catfish Hodge, Nadine Rae, Clarence "The Bluesman" Turner, Charlies Sayles (W.C. Handy award nominee), Memphis Gold, and more.

Admittedly, The Joe Poppen Band has a tough time walking down the streets of Boston and DC. Between the trademark mass of black curls crowning Joe's head and Black Betty's signature luscious diva/retro pinup appearance, the band is recognized frequently. That's alright- coming from cities that have sparked the careers of many popular blues and rock artists, they think they're in good company. Established in Boston, MA in 2006, the group made appearances throughout the USA and Cuba and relocated to Washington DC at the end of 2008.


“I now have a new respect for the Boston music scene,” said Tony Van Veen, CEO of Disc Makers after the band brought down the house at the Disc Makers official Boston party in 2008. The Joe Poppen Band takes their audiences on a journey through several incarnations of the blues, ranging from roots to funk to blues rock.

For as young as they are, their music clearly demonstrates old roots and involves audience members from a vast array of backgrounds. Blues enthusiasts, college kids, burlesque lovers, and even biker bar regulars come together on the dance floors of JPB's shows. “They’re absolutely fantastic and innovative. They’re not playing the same songs every other blues group does- I didn’t hear a single “Stormy Monday”, “Sweet Home Chicago”, or “Mustang Sally”. I’m sure they would if the audience really wanted it, but it’s the first blues act I’ve seen in Boston that could be described as refreshing.”- Satch Romano of the Mighty Housebreakers.

Since the age of 17, Joe Poppen has toured and played with blues and R&B legends Memphis Gold, Charlie Sayles (Bill Monroe), Emmett Kittrell (Wilson Pickett), Ralph “Rowe” Oliver (Percy Sledge, Diana Washington), ElWarren (SPOON) Weatherspoon (Hall & Oates, LTD, Santana, Tracy Chapman), Bobby Parker and more. His guitar playing has taken him around the world, including coast to coast on U.S. tours as well as Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, the Sinai Penninsula, the Azores Islands, Cuba, and beyond.

Now Poppen has stepped forward to lead his own band, astonishing audiences with the power and depth of his group. Joe’s killer playing is complimented by lead vocalist Black Betty, who is also known as the East Coast's favorite pinup model. "Black Betty carries her soul in her voice. It can cut straight through you. If I didn't know better, I would say she sold her soul to the Devil at the crossroads in Mississippi to get that talent," claims music enthusiast Daniel Stevens. “The little lady with the big voice,” proclaims the Boston Herald. Equally at ease with rock and blues, her energy is contagious as she works the crowd. She has been nominated as "Best Female Vocalist in Boston" by WBZ-Channel 4, competed in the Boston Blues Challenge two years in a row, and is even featured on the Rockabilly Hall of Fame website.

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-Currently recording new album at Cue Studios (Michael Jackson, Dave Mathews Band, Toni Braxton, Garbage, Groove Theory, and more).
-2 Stackhouse Drop-Top recording artist "Memphis Gold" recordings. J
-Joe can be heard on the full length EP "The Prodigal Son" as well the "Angels" single.
-Worldwide radio airplay as well as the cable "Music Choice" blues channel

Set List

Sets up to 4 hours. Stylistic material can be tailored to venue, and include traditional and modern Blues, roots rock, and a dash of danceable RnB and Soul. (Blues-Rock and "GB" style material available as well by request.)