Little Joe McLerran

Little Joe McLerran

 Sapulpa, Oklahoma, USA

One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready now GO JOE GO. This is Little Joe's fourth consecutive shot at the IBC. 2006 and 2007 with partner Robbie Mack, 2008 with his band, the Big Three Trio. This year it's Little Joe McLerran representing the Blues Society of Tulsa all by himself.


Little Joe won the 2009 International Blues Challenge in Memphis at the age of 25. It was the 25th annual staging of the event and as Little Joe took first place in the solo division he thought, “Why did this take so long”? Little Joe has been playing the guitar and singing his piedmont blues since he was eight.
Little Joe performs solo or with his band as circumstances determine. This year Little Joe assembled his band and toured for a month around the Persian Gulf as part of The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad hosted by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Education and Cultural Affairs bureau of the US Dept of State. He and his band played the first public concert by an American band ever in Riyadh, the capitol city of Saudi Arabia. It was blues all the way. (See Wall Street Journal article June 17, 2010)
Since winning the IBC title Little Joe has played festivals, concerts and club dates across the US and abroad. His critically acclaimed CD “Believe I’ll Make a Change” rose to number 1 on the blues radio charts early in 2010 and remained at the top of the charts for months. (See Downbeat review Sept /10)
His Indy film titled “Shuffle Diplomacy”, a music documentary of experiences with his band last spring in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman, along with a live performance CD of music from the shows is scheduled for release this fall on Root Blues Reborn Records. (Watch
As Little Joe approaches his 27th birthday with so much going on he asks, “What’s the rush”?


Believe I'll Make a Change - RBR - 2010
Live at Last - RBR - 2007
The Hard Way - Hit Records - 2006
Son Piedmont and the Blues Krewe - RBR - 2004

Set List

Little Joe McLerran plays from a repertoire of classic pre-war blues song and original compositions from his albums. He will perform 90 minute festival sets as a solo or with his band. He often plays dance halls requiring 3 one hour sets. Sets might include any of the following songs.

32-20 Blues
6th Floor Glide
Ain't it a Cryin' Shame
Ain't Nobody Waitin'
All By Myself
Avalon Blues
B & O Blues
Baby Don't Do It
Baby Don't Tear My Clothes
Baby Please Set a Date
Barbeque Blues
Barrelhouse Shuffle
Bearfoot Boy
Billy the Grinder
Black Hearted Woman
Blue Railroad Train
Blues Before Sunrise
Blues When It Rains
Boogie Chilin'
Bottleneck Boogie
Broke Down Engine
Can't Be Satisfied
Can't Be Satisfied
Can't Get Enough of that Stuff
Can't Get the Stuff No More
Can't You Trust Me No More
Casey Jones
Catfish Blues
Coffee Blues
Crow Jane
Daddy's Done Gone Mad
Death Don't Have No Mercy
Deep Elem Blues
Deep River Blues
Diddy Wah Diddy