Education and Background
Joey began his music career in Atlanta playing and recording with several prominent bands, including members of the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Sea Level, and the Glenn Phillips Bands. Since arriving in the Bay Area in 1991, he has performed almost every concievable genre of music from Soukous to Samba-Reggae, Blues to Bluegrass.
He is best known in the Bay Area for a slew of projects with guitarist Chris Rossbach and a 13 year association with fusion band The Bartron Tyler Group.
Currently Joey plays bass with BMA nominated singer Paula Harris & the Beasts of Blues, rock outfit “Winterland” and has launched a solo career as an interpreter (and fledgling composer) of science and skeptical songs via “The Skeptic’s Jukebox”.
Joey’s early musical influences were Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Allman Brothers, Yes and Todd Rundgren. At some point, the music of Frank Zappa became very important to him. As of late, he enjoys everything from Bela Bartok to King Crimson to Emmylou Harris to Bill Laswell to Pat Metheny. He would like to also mention Mike Keneally, Miles Davis, Bill Frisell, Steve Tibbetts, The Meters and Umphrey’s McGee.
Some of the amazing musicians he has had the pleasure of recording and/or performing with include Alana Davis, Hershel Yatovich, Will Ray, Celso Alberti, Mike Vanderhule, Mumblefinger, Chris Rossbach, Ronny Crawford, Paolo Baldi, Danny Montgomery, Huge., Taylor P. Collins, Simon Russell, Billy Johnson, Scott Matthews, Tommy Bradford, Will Russ Jr., James Armstrong, Ken Harrill, John Caban, Drew Youngs, Ron E. Beck, Jack Chernos, Bryant Mills, Terry Hiatt, Mike Emerson, Garth Webber and Nir Z.
He has taught bass and guitar since 1994 at Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto.
Joey runs a production studio called The Tomato Farm in Palo Alto. He drinks a lot of coffee and eats a lot of vegetables. His extra-musical interests include his bicycle, physics, cosmology and cooking.