William Joseph “Joe” Olds was born in Conyers, Georgia and currently resides in beautiful Royston, Georgia. Joe’s singing career began publicly at age 16, in Decatur, Georgia at the Anniversary Celebration of the Amoco Oil Company. If you were to ask Joe, he would tell you that his life in country began long before that. Joe comes from a family steeped in traditional country music. He knew at a young age watching his grandfather play his old Gibson Archtop guitar what he wanted to do with his life. And the country life was not something that Joe just decided to take part in. He’s a real cowboy. He spent years riding the rodeo circuit in his early days and then made his living training and showing horses. No city boy in a cowboy hat here -- Joe is the genuine real deal.
Joe’s talents developed quickly and his eagerness to please a blue-collar crowd was apparent from the first time he stepped on a stage. In July 1991, at the age of 16, he won the talent competition at the old Stonewall’s in Norcross Georgia. He was then asked to perform there on a weekly basis over the next year. Throughout the years, Joe has had the opportunity to share the stage with some of the biggest names in country music including: Tracy Lawrence, Rick Trevino, Gene Watson, Ricky Van Shelton, T. Graham Brown, David Allan Coe, Rhett Akins, Tracy Byrd, and Bertie Higgins, just to name a few. Those shows were great but not enough for this cowboy. Joe didn’t rest and continued to refine his craft both onstage during his performances and off stage with his song writing.
Before long, Joe was ready to take everything that he had learned and get it on tape. He began to collaborate with his friend Lee Davis who ran the independent label Rogue Records. Together the two put together Joe’s first full length studio CD, This One’s Gotta Be Right. Its traditional country sounds are rarely heard these days yet the message of a simple, honest, and hardworking life rings true.
Joe has just released his second independent CD titled I Wanna Ride with rave reviews from fellow musicians and fans alike.