Joe Turner is the percussionist for Grand Daddy Jack. He is proficient in Drums, Guitar and Piano.
Joe's first memories of music definitely revolve around drumming. When Joe was in 1st grade, his mom was called in to the school to talk to his teacher. She was concerned because Joe was constantly banging on the desk and humming during class. She said "I think he hears music in his head". To which his mother responded "Don't You".
Before he got his first drum-set, Joe could be found running around the house banging on anything and everything with a pair of chopsticks.
The majority of Joe's pre-college years were spent between Marching Band, Symphonic Band, and after school rock bands. He continued on a similar path at Michigan State University. Joe graduated from college in 2004 and moved out to California in 2007 to officially pursue a career in music.
In his recent years, Joe appreciates pulling influences from all types of music. It has made him a far more well-rounded drummer and asset to his current projects. In the early years, his main influences came from drum corps, grunge, and prog rock. Although, he attributes his very first drumming influence to Roger Taylor of Queen. He was drawn to his drumming, high harmonies, and wrist sweat bands. Fitting, as this is a similar role that Joe plays in most of his projects. Joe's influences since then have been Matt Cameron (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam), Neil Peart (Rush), Danny Carey (Tool), and Jojo Mayer (Nerve). To name a few.
Joe's future goals are to be a full time and touring musician. On top of performing, Joe currently teaches drum lessons. Although, he finds great fulfillment in this and plans on continuing this, his goal is to be a full time professional musician. He recently returned from Germany with one of his projects and hopes to be back out on the road soon and more often.
Granddaddy Jack is a release for Joe. It fills a hole that currently was not being filled by his current projects. It's a completely different style than what he is currently playing and brings him back to time when he was playing this style more frequently. It also creates a very nice challenge for Joe on many levels. Joe couldn't be happier with the group and is thankful that he is able to be a part of it.
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