Joe Marhofer

Biography

While playing the harmonica and singing lead vocals at The Headcutters, he's been promoting the traditional harmonica music style in Brazil for more than 12 years. As a musician he appeared in several blues festivals, produced lots of concerts and shared the stage with national and international stars such as: Phil Guy (Buddy Guy's brother), Eddie C. Campbell, Billy Branch,  J. J. Jackson, Greg Wilson, Kim Wilson, Billy Flynn, Lynwood Slim, Magic Slim, Mitch Kashmar, Carlos Johnson, Kenny Neal, Dave Riley, Celso Blues Boy and Blues Etílicos, among others in the music scene.

A self learner, and always involved in musical environment due to his older brothers, Joes got to know blues when he was nineteen and ended up finding one of his brother's harmonica. Coincidentally, some of his long time friends were starting a band, currently named The Headcutters in Itajaí – SC, and from that moment on Joe's life changed entirely to learn the harmonica blues style. Since then he's been teaching lots of students in the region, besides always showing, wherever he is,  the versatility of his musical instrument with top class and skills.

Joe Marhofer names Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Big Walter Horton, Muddy Waters and a few others as his major influences. Playing and sounding in a versatile vintage style, both Joe Marhofer and The Headcutters play homage to the style labeled by the Chicago record companies, as it was in the 40s and 50s.

Their last album, “Back To 50s”, is a perfect compilation of that sound. Captured in old tape recorders and valved equipments from that time period, the CD was recorded at Itajaí's Historical Museum and released by the greatest national blues records label, Chico Blues Records. It's a critically acclaimed album, nationally and internationally, and it's music is about a real audio time travel, bringing back all that 50's magic which was the brand of Chicago Urban Blues.

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