One of Europe’s
premier Blues men, Italy’s Blues Joe X has played alongside Johnny
Winter, Buddy Miles, Junior Wells, Otis Rush, and many more.
Acclaimed producer Gwyn Mathias said “Joe is the real deal, inspired by
Jimi (Hendrix) and Stevie Ray (Vaughan) he is someone who can really do
the business on stage, he can cut it in the classic fashion. Go see
Blues Joe X was born in 1965
in the industrial suburbs of Naples (Italy). He met The Blues for the
first time when he was just 11.
John Lee Hooker’s warm and sensual sound captivated and lead him towards
what would become the meaning of his life: The Guitar.
In 1984, he attends clinics at Umbria Jazz and plays with Curtis Fuller,
George Adams and Dannie Richmond. The following year, he’s chosen for
playing in the Umbria Jazz Clinics Big Band, opening concerts for Art
Blakey and Jazz Messengers and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He also wins a
scholarship in the USA at the Berklee College Of Music (Boston).
Thanks to teachers like Kevin Eubanks, Jim Kelly, Al De Fino, Larry
Monroe and Orville Wright, Joe X develops a fine instrumental technique
and more importantly knowledge of the theory. Above all, he realizes
that music is the expression of the mind.
Back in Italy in 1988 and 2 years later, the Hell’s Cobra Blues Band,
his own band, is ready to tour...
In 1997, after a long tour throughout Italy, he produces his first
album, Living On The Road, that contains re-arranged and original tracks
that show the various collaborations that Joe X has enjoyed in Italy and
during his multiple trips to the States. World class musicians have
wanted him to play with them, which them: Buddy Miles, Otis Rush, Junior
Wells, Michael Coleman (Muddy Water’s guitarist), Sugar Blue (harmonica
player in Rolling Stones’ ""Miss you"), Shirley King (B. B. King’s
daughter), Sammy Fender and Sharon Clarke (Albert King and Tina Turner’s
choir member). He also opens concerts for Canned Heat, Charlie
Musselwhite and Tommy Castro.
Year 2000: the second album In The Name Of Love contains only original
tracks with the exception of a tribute dedicated to one of his greatest
idols ... Jimi Hendrix.
Joe X has recently moved to London (UK) where he is getting ready for
new concerts and gigs throughout the UK and all over the world.