Meet Joe Berry
Written by Wolf Halton
Joe Berry was born in Columbus, GA and began his musical career at the young age of 15, playing various honky-tonks throughout the Southeast and Midwest. He played piano and sang in numerous bands in the early years. During the 1970's he formed a band called Joe Berry and the Country Tradition, and followed his dream of being a Nashville Recording artist. As bands sometimes do, the members went in different directions, though they always remained friends. The 80's found Joe playing in a couple of country show bands. He began with Jill Pierce and Appaloosa, followed by Dixie Road. In 1994 Joe Berry recorded a Don Goodman tune that rose to be number 13 on the country music charts.
The Grand Ole Opry Road show is now booking dates for the rest of 2005 and 2006. Joe says "It is an honor to be playing music with some of my country music heroes and to do what I love in my heart for a living. As for the future, I live one day at a time as my Lord said to do and I have hopes of one day stepping out on the stage of The World Famous Grand Ole Opry."
Today, Joe Berry and his highly polished band The Berry Pickers are touring with Jan Howard, Ernie Ashworth, and Charlie Louvin as guests of the Grand Ole Opry Road Show, along with another special guest - the legendary Colonel Robert Morris, the man who recorded the "Truckers Last Ride." Joe is honored and thankful to Colonel Robert and Bob Timmers for his being inducted in the Traditional Country Hall Of Fame.
Joe lives in South Carolina with his lovely wife, Brenda.