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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.
We’re an original Folk and Country outfit 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.
"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
- Multiple-time Cincinnati Entertainment Awards nominee for "Best Country Music"
- The Academy of Western Artists 2018 nominee for "Pure Country Group" and "Pure Country Album"
We've shared bills with: Lost Dog Street Band, Town Mountain, Matt Heckler, Mandolin Orange, Wayne Hancock, The Local Honeys, Kelsey Waldon, Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, JP Harris & the Tough Choices, Jason Eady, Foghorn Stringband, Joseph Huber, the Urban Pioneers, the Sweetback Sisters, Josh Morningstar, and many other acts. We've played at numerous festivals, including Muddy Roots, Whispering Beard Folk Festival, John Hartford Memorial Festival, 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 Possessed by Paul James, Matt Heckler, JD Wilkes and the Legendary Shack Shakers, Redd Volkaert, Bill Kirchen, Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle, the Urban Pioneers, Rachel Brooke, Wayne Hancock, Woody Pines, Lenny Lashley, and many other musicians and bands.