BIO

From a ridge in the Ohio River Valley, on a front porch where Kentucky’s visible through the winter’s bare trees, Joe Truck Stop conspires over a smoking blend of Bluegrass, Honky Tonk, Western Swing, and whatever else finds itself inhaled and manifested by way of a wood box, and steel wire...Years of digesting so much of the Country Blues lexicon and travelling the country learning the numerous styles of fiddlers, writers, and travelers alike has led to the original music that comes by way of Joe’s Truck Stop.

The songs are stories of living on the road, love, temptation, heartbreak, family, banjo pickin' tobacco spittin' women, gas station sushi, and much more...

JTS is touring this winter as a trio featuring the three finger banjo styles of Andrew McPheters, Kentucky badman (and TED talker), Andy Brown on upright bass, and band leader and songwriter, Joe Macheret with the guitar, fiddle, and singing duties.


We've released a handful of self recorded demos and two studio albums, the Free Showers EP in 2014 and American Dreams, which came out in May 2018 to very positive reception.

Photo by Chuck Loftice

We've shared bills with: Wayne Hancock, Mandolin Orange, Kelsey Waldon, JP Harris & the Tough Choices, Foghorn Stringband, Dawg Yawp, Husky Burnette, Filthy Still, Joseph Huber, the Urban Pioneers, Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, the Sweetback Sisters, the Ten Foot Polecats, Sasquatch and the Sickabillies, Josh Morningstar, Jake & the Burtones and many other acts. We've played at numerous festivals, including Muddy Roots, Whispering Beard Folk Festival, John Hartford Memorial Festival, the Muddy Roots Spring Weekend, and many more.

We've performed live on television and radio, and have appreciated world wide radio play from terrestrial stations in the states to European podcasts and online radio shows.

 

Joe Macheret (Cincinnati, OH), bandleader and member of Cincinnati stringband, The Tillers, has also lent his instrumental skills on stage and in the studio to JD Wilkes and the Legendary Shack Shakers, the Urban Pioneers, Buffalo Wabs and the Price HIll Hustle, Bill Kirchen, Redd Volkaert, Justin Wells, Chelsea Ford and the Trouble, Maria Carrelli, Lenny Lashley, and many other musicians and bands. Joe's other side project alongside (Buffalo Wabs & the PHH's) Scott Risner, Truckstop Waterfall, gained attention after going on tour with Tyler Childers in 2017.  Through Joe’s Truck Stop’s touring effort and Joe’s work as a sideman with several touring bands, Joe’s Truck Stop has a following that spreads throughout the United States, as well as numerous other countries. 
 

PRESS

"American Dreams shows what could be a promising future for Joe’s Truck Stop...I highly recommend this album to anyone looking for a good traditional country record with some killer banjo playing that really sets this band apart."

- Gary Hayes Country
 

"American Dreams is vibrant and vital. I have a strong suspicion that American Dreams will be there at the end of the year when I recap the best of 2018."

- TwangriLa
 

"...the song order throughout the album is like a well thought out mix-tape playlist. Throughout the album, Joe’s Truck Stop displays humor, insight, taste, and skill. Songs like “Blues for Two” and “One More Night” will take you to the era when country music’s stories felt timeless. Enjoy the humor in “Banjo Pickin’, Tobacco Spittin’ Gal” and “Knockin’ Boots”, and get lost in the love stories told in “Moon Sang” and “One More Night.”
- CincyMusic


AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
- 2010-2011 - 14th and 8th place finishes in the Galax Old Fiddlers Old Time Band Contest
- Cincinnati Entertainment Awards nominee for "Best Country Music"
- The Academy of Western Artists 2018 nominee for "Pure Country Group" and "Pure Country Album"