Joe Nethercoat - Lead Guitar

Joe started playing guitar at the age of 11, first heard Rhythm and Blues at the age of 14, and in his own words “never wanted to play anything else…”

After nearly 40 years of playing, and now a master of the electric blues guitar, he continues to learn and develop, finding that as you get older, your blues playing gets slower and better!

Joe has played with many fine Blues musicians over the years and continues to do so now.  As well as his work with Blues Express, he plays regularly with Son Maxwell of the Mick Ralphs Blues Band in their top class band “Shufflepack”.  Joe has shared a stage with amongst others, Mick Ralphs (Mott the Hoople, Bad Company, Mick Ralphs Blues Band), Matt Schofield, Clem Clempson (Colloseum, Humble Pie), Dave Greenslade (Colloseum) and Eddie “Blues” Lester.  He has performed with the great Blues Rock bands “Storm Warning” and “Grapevine Blues”.

Joe though, is not a blues rock player.  His influences are more grounded in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s.  A nod to the 3 Kings, BB, Freddie and Albert, a salute to Peter Green and an admiration for Eric’s playing on the Beano album all set the baseline.  However, when Joe is asked who he plays like, the answer is always the same…. “I just play like me… I try to tune in the “blues” radio, plug in the guitar and go for it…” No effects, no mid-set guitar changes, no pick – pure electric blues!

Equipment Used:

  1. Cherry red Gibson ES335
  2. Pritchard Black Dagger Amplifier
  3. Good guitar lead!