We’re a Country Blues band from Cincinnati, OH mixing Bluegrass drive, Honky Tonk swing, Old Time fiddling, Rockabilly riffs, and whatever else spurs our inspiration. We meld it all together with traditional vocal harmonies, tight arrangements, and hot picking, all the while maintaining a strong focus on lyric writing and story telling.
The songs are stories of travelling, love, temptation, heartbreak, family, banjo pickin' tobacco spittin' women, gas station sushi, and so much more...
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. 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.
"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."
"...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.”
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