Hi, I’m Joey Vee, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and manager for the band.
I was born in Connecticut and grew up on the shores of Emerald Isle, North Carolina. I took advantage of the laid-back lifestyle on the ocean, and was an avid surfer, skateboarder, and fisherman. The first instrument I picked up as a teenager was a spur-of-the-moment purchase of a used banjo - a prelude to my country influences - and the banjo hangs on my wall to this day.
My first exposure to the guitar was through my stepfather. Our first song together was “Proud Mary.” The guitar lessons were so successful that I traded my surfboard for an electric guitar. I was writing poetry and short stories throughout this time but no songs yet.
Upon returning to Connecticut, I honed my skills by covering songs by Elvis, The Doors, and The Beatles. I then upgraded my gear to my much-loved Gibson acoustic and Fender electric guitars, attending songwriting workshops to learn structure, and showcasing new original songs to the music community at open mics. I was asked to run my own open mic, and began to cover songs by Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darrin, Slim Whitman, Nirvana, Van Morrison, and more.
Jamie and I hooked up and Joe Welsh and Rob joined us to form The Midnight Blues Band. I have since written over 200 original songs. I write one to two songs per week. We are happy to focus mainly on festival performances now. I hope everyone enjoys the tunes, because they’re written for you.
Lots of love,