The Early Years

Joseph Timothy Blanchard was born in New Orleans, LA an only child. His mother, a talented trumpet player in the high school band, dated his father while in band class together. Joe’s father was a fantastic rock drummer, however in the mid 80’s was unable to support a family on a drummer’s salary alone. After learning a few chords on keyboards, he was able to make ends meet by playing solo gigs with electronic beats and recorded tracks.

 

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2nd gig ever with dad April 1995

Joe watched his father struggle as a professional musician but knew that it was exactly what he wanted to be. As a child he excelled at the drums like his father, and in 1995 joined his dad’s band. He was home-schooled in 9th grade which allowed him to play late night gigs on drums and spend the day learning how to play his new favorite instrument, the guitar. With only an old acoustic guitar and a beginner's VHS tape, he started a journey that would shape the rest of his life.

The bands

Joe formed a three-piece band (Bad Hair Day) on guitar in 1999 and set out to be a singer/guitarist. They practiced for months, played one show, and quickly disbanded. Shortly thereafter he heard about a popular New Orleans based cover band (Nozmo King) looking for a new guitarist who could sing backups. After a quick audition, Joe was in and recorded one CD with Nozmo ("Ones to Fall").  His plans of being a singer were put on hold as he traveled the Southeastern US as a lead guitarist in multiple bands including Les Marbles, Son of Sam, and 5 Finger Discount

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Bad Hair Day reheasal 1999

Nozmo King Panama City, FL 2000

Les Marbles Baton Rouge, LA 2001

After playing in mostly cover bands, Joe joined an original rock band from New Orleans named Adam’s Attic in 2002 to fill the role of lead guitarist. He recorded two CDs (“...in the blink of an eye” & “Skylines and City Lights”) and toured nationally and internationally on three AFE tours performing for troops stationed at US military bases in Greenland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Diego Garcia, and Singapore.

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With US troops at Peterson Air Force Base Thule, Greenland 2007

Adam's Attic New Orleans, LA 2004

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New Orleans, LA 2003

The west coast move

While enjoying relative success in New Orleans with Adam’s Attic, 2005 brought hurricane Katrina and big choices to make. The band decided to leave New Orleans and relocate to Long Beach, CA. With only a couple of months left to finish school, he stayed behind to finish his bachelor's in marketing and decide what to do next. He bought an acoustic guitar and booked a few solo acoustic gigs at the local bar. For the first time he was selecting and singing all the songs at his shows. Just a few weeks after graduating college, Joe joined his band mates in California. He left Adam's Attic in 2008 but remained in Long Beach, making a living performing solo acoustic shows and developing his craft as a singer/guitarist.

Going solo

In 2013 Joe released his first solo EP entitled “The Bittersweet Road” with 5 original tracks recording all the instruments himself. The songs were a reflection of personal relationships and his struggles as a musician.

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Tracking vocals 2013

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Long Beach, CA Summer 2015

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Big Bear, CA December 2014

going country

In 2016, Joe caught the attention of a country band from Orange County in need of a singer named Redneck Rodeo. It was his first country band, but after a crash course in the new country music scene Joe went on the sing with the band for nearly two years. It also gave him the opportunity to get reacquainted with some of the classic country songs he used to perform with his dad.

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Costa Mesa, CA 2016

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Redneck Rodeo Long Beach, CA 2016

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OC Register June 2017

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On the bar in Newport Beach, CA August 2017

the future

During the pandemic in 2020, Joe focused on how he would return to making his living as a performer. He turned his attention to social media where he was able to reach new audiences and venues. He's currently performing approximately 15-20 solo acoustic shows a month in Southern California. Click here to see where he'll be playing next!

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