Joe Houck wrote his first song in 1980
but his first effort wasn't well received by his friends who said it just wasn't country.
In the mid '90s, Joe joined "Southern Comfort, a country band that did cover tunes
with Joe as the lead singer for 2 years.
Joe's first album, "For You",
is more of a Southern Rock sound on many songs, but then there's ones like,
"Outskirts" that has a 50's cha-cha flavor to it. There's also some nice ballads
to round it all out, so all in all, there's a good mixture to accommodate different moods
and tastes. Joe wrote and produced all ten tracks himself, showing once again that hard
work pays off.
Joe stated, "On a web radio station
the week of my 42nd birthday (April of 2002) I reached number one on their
charts. I was invited to go to the award ceremonies in March for the NAR awards in Park
City Utah. I got to perform my new song 'Dream' and received two awards, Male vocal of the
year and New Arisen Male. On the independent charts in Europe 'Sugar Cane' hit number 26
and number 23 this spring. Double life reached the top 30 there also."
"For You" was Joe's first CD
release in 2001 and it's been sitting on my desk nearly as long waiting for a review... in
the meantime, Joe didn't sit around and wait to see how this album would be received, he
got right to work on a new album called, "Dream". That may be his title, but I
think Joe has proven it's not his way of living... he doesn't "Dream" about what
he wants, he works hard and his accomplishments are making their mark on the indie charts.