Joe Beard was born in Ashland, Mississippi and grew up in Tennessee with Matt ‘guitar’Murphy, learning guitar from Ernest Scruggs and Nathan Beauregard. In the early 1960s, Joe sat in with John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, and B.B. King. Joe became friends with the most influential blues men of all time, Son House, in Rochester NY, where he played often with him before his death. He has had several successful albums, including recordings with Ronnie Earl, David ‘fathead’ Newman, and Duke Robillard.
Joe has played and shared the stage with nearly every blues star, including a Bobby Bland, Albert Collins, Johnny and Shemeka Copeland, Roomful of Blues, Gatemouth Brown, Charles Brown, and his good friend, Buddy Guy. Joe was inducted into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame in 2017. Scott Albano has played guitar with Joe for over 20 years. He has had stints with the Jessie Yawn Band, Rockin Robin, the Joe Likely Band, and Wayne Norwood. John Tucker on keyboards and Mike Patrick on bass, are two of the most in demand musicians in Rochester.
They have played with the John Cole blues band and are also playing at the Jazz Festival with Fat City. Mike has played with Jimmie Hendrix's drummer, Buddy Miles, Alan Haynes, Gary Primich, the Night Stalkers, and the Debbie Kendrick Project. Mark Conti has been Joe Beard’s drummer for the past 30 years. Mark began his career at 11 years old, meeting Gene Krupa and playing his drum set at a Jazz Festival in Mark’s hometown of Rome, NY. Mark also plays with Julie and the Intruders, Fred and Alex Vine, and the Lia Conti band.