It takes a man who knows the blues to play the Blues. In smoky clubs in small towns off the beaten track, years of long nights have been the seasoning needed to produce this artist’s own unique sound. For more than a half century, Joe Juliano has been singing and living the Blues from New York to Florida and across the Midwest.

From humble beginnings in Newark, New Jersey, “Jersey Joe” was a tough, street wise kid who moved down to Florida with his mother during the Italian migration south in the Sixties. He got his start playing rhythm guitar in a band which held regular gigs in the infamous Fort Lauderdale club, Porky’s. Playing for peanuts and sleeping in low grade surroundings, Joe Juliano spent years jamming in different bands up and down the eastern seaboard. From Rock and Roll to Country, Joe experimented with many musical genres before settling on his true love, the Blues.

Planting roots in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a number of years ago, Joe Juliano played in a variety of bands and became highly sought after to participate in all-star Blues jam sessions in and around the Twin Cities. A master guitarist who relishes the opportunity to improvise, “Jam Master” Joe developed a following in Blues clubs across the state. In 1997, Joe fulfilled a lifelong dream by assembling his own group of talented musicians known as A Hot Cup Of Blues. In 1998, Joe Juliano was voted Best Blues Band in the Twin Cities by City Pages. ~

Mark Friederichs