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 traveling 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...
We've released a handful of self recorded demos and three studio albums, the Free Showers EP (2014), American Dreams (2018), and, Yonderings, released in April 2022, currently receiving positive praise from numerous outlets and publications.
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.
"From blistering bluegrass boot-stompers to crooning country waltzes, songwriter Joe Macheret displays the salt-of-the-earth acumen of a troubadour who’s crisscrossed the country in search of something that can only be sung. This is the music embedded in his bones, seeping to the surface through the speed of his fiddle and the meditative cadence of his six-string."
"Yonderings reflects a singular style spun from down-home celebration — earnest, engaging and rooted in actual folk tradition."
- Bluegrass Today
"Yonderings is a flawless example of the remarkable music being lovingly created day in and day out by incredibly talented artists that more people really should know about."
- Americana Highways
"Yonderings is a master class in musicianship. Each layer stands artfully on its own, yet flawlessly blends together. The lyrics are crafted from the “write what you know” school of thought. Each story well lived-in like an autobiography set to brilliant music."
- The Amp
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"
COUNTRY MUSIC ARMADILLO INTERVIEW
Always Open: In-Depth With Joe’s Truck Stop
"The greatest success often comes to those who keep their plate full, always looking to add more to it. Cincinnati’s Joe Macheret understands this, and even embraces it as he leaves his fingerprints wherever he can with his music..."
HERZOG MUSIC'S LOST ON THE RIVER PODCAST
Featuring Kent Butts, Keith Neltner, and Joe's Truck Stop