AFLAC, Rexall, Texaco, Harrahs, BB King's, Goodyear,
Bell South, Sony Music, Hilton Hotels, Marriott Hotels,
Opryland Hotel, Hampton Suites, Belle Meade Mansion
National Hospice, Sisken Foundation, Cumberland Heights,
Vanderbilt University, Nashville City Club, Hermitage Hotel,
Richland Country Club, Hillwood Country Club, General Jackson
Showboat, Brentwood Country Club, Belle Meade Country Club
War Memorial Auditorium, Tennessee Bankers Assoc. Keeneland
Races, Idle Hour Country Club, Outback Steakhouse Corp.
Tennessee Public Schools, TN Center for Performance Excellence
Vanderbilt Legends Golf Club, American Queen Steamboat Co.,
Bourbon St. Blues & Boogie Bar, Dick Clark's American Bandstand
Tennessee Performing Arts Center, TN Fairgrounds
... and many others
WHEN THE JITTERBUG BITES
OVER THE HORIZON
EYES ON YOU
Tours, Performances and/or Recordings:
Dolly Parton, Leon Russell & Edgar Winter
Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson, Dick Clark's American Bandstand
Sweethearts of the Rodeo, Radney Foster, Margo Smith
Shelly West, Bobby Bare, Vassar Clements, Ray Sawyer & Dr. Hook
The Excello Legends, Shirelles, Various Other Performers...
Alumnus: Berklee College of Music Boston, MA
Sony Tree Music
Warner Bros Music
Television and Film:
Austin City Limits
Various Recordings for Film
Playing music is what I love … anytime, anywhere!!! … it’s in my blood … my Grandfather, “Daddy Red” was a Big Band leader”. He played stride piano and blew a mean sax … he gave me his horn which I still play! His brother “Dutch was also in the band and played tenor banjo. My Mom was a pop/jazz singer and piano player. Mom & Daddy Red taught me a lot about harmony, rhythm, Swing & Jazz of the 30’s &’ 40‘s era. My Dad loved old time Country … Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb, Johnny Cash & Southern Gospel music. My sisters listened to the Beatles, Stones, Doors, Otis Redding & Soul, Pop & Rock of the Woodstock era. I soaked it all up & had favorites in every style!
At 13, … I was struck by a kind of musical-religious experience … I heard the famous bluesman “Little Walter” play his harp and I was transformed… utterly knocked out … converted to the Blues! He played thru a funky distorted little amp which made his harp sound almost like a trumpet but man, he bent the notes with such feeling and soul … I began a quest to learn how to play like him.
I ran to Fred’s Music and bought my first Old Standby Harmonica for $3.50… I blew that harp till my lips bled! After “woodshedding” for several months, I was on my way! My friends and others started asking me to play instead of go away. Soon, I was playing at living rooms jams, field parties, boat docks, camp outs …down on the corner … for smiles and tips … utterly hooked!
During this time I also learned to play rhythm guitar. A buddy let me use his family’s beat up old Stella flat top with thick rusty strings high above the fret board… agony and ecstasy … Now my fingers and lips bled! …but I was on a mission.I hit another milestone my junior year in High School. I started jamming with Jeff Silbar who became my best friend and musical soul-mate. Even as a teenager, Jeff was a massively talented songwriter, guitarist and singer. We began jammin’ everyday after school. Soon we formed a great little Blues-Rock band, “Junction”. We played high school dances, special events, college parties, frat house gigs … eventually, we had
a manager, booking agent, groupies and volunteer roadies. The band rented a rehearsal studio which became our club house … we worked hard and had an absolute blast … and made some money!!!
Junction lasted four years and we were writing/playing a lot more original music. At the end of our sophomore year of college … Jeff got a connection in Nashville. We both wanted to pursue bigger dreams and become successful songwriters/musicians, so we said goodbye to the band and moved to Music City together.
In the mid-70‘s, Nashville was really buzzing and we were on fire! I continued college at Peabody while songwriting and playing little gigs around town. It wasn't long I was offered a job in a band for a Tour with
La Costa Tucker (Tanya's sister) . She had a couple of coiuntry hiits and was promoting her album. With permission from my professors, I completed my studies on the road and had a fantastic experience playing music through much of the US. After the tour (about 6 months) I came back to Nashville and continued writing and working several various jobs. I had some songs published but nothing real successful. So, I did another tour with a country rock band ... paying dues ... we didn't make much money but we survived and had some fun.
After a year or so, I decided I needed more expertise in order to really "make it" so I headed back to Lexington for a bit and on to Boston where I studied at Berklee College of Music. I worked my tail off at Berklee and played in a blues band on the weekends. It was a wonderful experience.
After three years in Boston, I returned to Nashville. I got a couple of gigs in town and jammed with a lot of bands.
My musicianship had really improved. My first real taste of success was playing a tour with Dolly Parton. It was a dream gig and Dolly was lovely as a boss.
to be continued.
Welcome to my site. Check out the Bands and formats I offer and feel free to contact me with any questions. I am blessed with some of the finest musicians in Nashville and am proud to have them as friends & collegues. Each gig is our most important gig!
Positivity, Soul & Love! "Ivory" Joe Turley
I would love to hear from you!