Papa Joe
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Papa Joe

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"Review of CD, "Open Mike""

Papa Joe is your almost cliche folk singer: a guitar, a mike, an old voice, simple tunes and simple arrangements. Recorded live in a small club or in his home using a 4-track recorder, Papa Joe's cd doesn't have big-time production values... ...but the artist more than makes up for it with his wit, talent, and simple, folksy approach... It is just plain cool.

Richard Lanoie
Reviewer -

"Folk Music at Oakley Center"

...Papa Joe, consumate folk musician, is known and revered throughout the tristate...Something of a cross between Jerry Garcia and Burl Ives, he also covers a range of American folk standards and popular songs from the 60s and 70s.

Janet Buening
Eastern Hills Journal
April 6, 2005 - Eastern Hills Journal


Open Mike, released 2004

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Although he learned to play guitar in his late 20s, Papa Joe didn't start writing and performing until his fifties. In 1997 he attended a songwriter's seminar at the Kerrville Folk Festival, and was encouraged by folk icons like Peter Yarrow, Chuck Pyle and Michael Johnson. In 1998 he formed The Ditch Lilies with Mark Weierman, another singer/songwriter from Ohio. They produced a CD, were nominated for Best Folk Act by the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, then dissolved amicably in 2000.

Since then, Papa Joe has performed in a number of local venues, sometimes accompanied by his daughter, Bonnie, who is also on several tracks of his CDs. He is an officer in the Queen City Balladeers, one of the oldest folk music organizations, supporting folk, traditional and acoustic music in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky/Eastern Indiana area.