Joe Fry singer/songer writer from St Louis Mo. One of the best one man band around with 30 years of singing/guitar/harmonica covering rock, blues, country and folk bands, Now performing a solo show all over the St. Louis area from the wineries to schnucks, biker bars, weddings, wine bars, restaurants and lots of partys for any occassion. Performing your favorite hits from the fifties thru the decades and today. Always professional and thoughtful with his goal of making people happy. Playing request and giving your friends something to remember. He can be background or bring it to the foreground and getting folks up and dancing. Book him now and you'll be glad you did!
Joe Fry recently played at our event. It was a Friday evening welcome reception for our customers. His follow-up prior to the event was fantastic and put me at ease that I had selected the right musician. He was timely in set-up for the event and did exactly what I needed him to do. He played a great variety of music and was the perfect background for the event. If I find I am in the St. Louis area again, I will not hesitate and will be sure to book him again.
Joe Fry the Guitar Guy was the perfect piece of entertainment to our wedding ceremony and reception. He was very professional, organized and easy to work with. He made several perfect song suggestions for our ceremony that my husband and I loved. This made our diy planning a breeze when it came to the music. He was flexible and went with the flow, even above and beyond, at the ceremony when I was an hour late by playing his guitar and singing for the antsy and hot guests at the ceremony. He then played the first half of the reception during cocktail hour and dinner to create the intimate, romantic ambiance we desired while the guests mingled and ate. Every guest (140 total) raved about his performance. They all wanted to know, "Where did you find him?" and then proceeded to gush about how amazing his sound was, how perfect he was for the occasion and how they wanted to hire him for their next party/event. Well, my husband and I could not have agreed more. His sound truly lends itself to the relaxing, romantic atmosphere we desired to create for our guests. We cannot thank Joe Fry the Guitar Guy enough for his outstanding talent, professionalism and overall perfect touch to our wedding! We highly recommend Joe Fry the Guitar Guy for your wedding ceremony and reception!
We book Joe Fry the Guitar Guy on a regular basis at Augusta and Montelle wineries and are always more than happy with his performance. He is a customer favorite and we're looking forward to the next time we can have him, and his guitar out to the winery!
Joe is a professional. He was very prepared and arrived early to set up. Very nice voice, playlist and stage presence. Ours was a family event and young and old all loved his performance. The kind of vibe you would see at an iconic ski or beach bar. Highly recommend
We had a wedding reception at my daughter's house with about 50 very select friends and family. Joe was a perfect fit offering an intimate atmosphere with a fantastic offering of songs that we all loved. His music was only enhanced by his soulful sound and harmonica. I made a copy of his songs and my guests were able to pick out the ones they wanted to hear! Several guests wanted his contact information for future gigs! Joe made the night complete! I will definitely hire him again!
Response from Joe Fry the Guitar Guy:
Thank you Brenda,
It was my pleasure to be a part of your wedding reception. What a great bunch of music loving people in your family it made for a great time for me as well. Anytime there are dancers in the crowd the energy can get contagious and it creates the atmosphere all musicians love to experience. :)
Joe was so friendly and put on a great performance for our wedding. You really don't need to look further for a great acoustic/harmonica/vocal artist to perform at any event. Thank you Joe!
We had Joe do our wedding last night and his performance was phenomenal! He was so easy to work with, showed up early and was very professional. We let him choose his songs for our reception, and it was perfect. He had such an amazing song selection and everyone commented about how great he was. Don’t hesitate to book him for your event.
Thank you to Joe Fry for playing our cocktail hour last Friday. He was set up in a timely manner prior to the event. He read the room and played a variety of music that everyone enjoyed. I would definitely recommend to anyone!
We are so happy that we were lucky enough to have Joe Fry as the musician for our wedding celebration! His wonderful voice and talent on the guitar and harmonica made our ceremony and reception so special and fun. Everyone just loved him! He is also so nice to work with. He has such a friendly personality and a desire to make events everything that you could ever hope for...we would highly recommend him for any event. We're looking forward to going to see him, in the future, when he plays at other venues.
Response from Joe Fry the Guitar Guy:
Thank you for the 5 star review! It was an honor to be a part of your wedding celebration. It was so nice to be able to communicate with both you and Chris through out the process. That kind of communication was the key for smooth sailing. I hope you have a great time in the Bahamas. :)
Fun night of music. Thank you for playing the family reunion in Rolla at Kebakona Hills.
Joe was excellent to work with and a very talented musician and singer. Highly recommend!!!
We hired Joe for our rehearsal dinner in downtown St. Louis, and we couldn't be happier! He played softer acoustic music during dinner, and then opened it up a bit afterwards when everyone was mingling. He was very communicative leading up to the event, and a pleasure have there night of. Most importantly, the man can play!! Don't hesitate bringing Joe to your next event.
Super talented and professional. I had many guests ask where we found him and reviewed rave reviews from everyone at the party!
My wife and I used Joe fry for our wedding reception. We were both very impressed with how responsive and easy to work with Joe is. Right from the beginning Joe was willing to change his quote to fit in our budget . Joe even took time out to learn a song because it was my wife's favorite and we wanted it played for our first dance. Every one who attended our wedding reception told us how much they enjoyed Joe and were impressed by his performance. I highly recommend Joe Fry the guitar guy for any events that you may have.
Joe performed outside at my wife's birthday party, he was excellent! His music selection was enjoyed by everyone who attended, Joe was very professional, on time, and had a great demeanor with our guests! I highly recommend Joe Frye the Guitar Guy for your event or occasion!
We recently had our event and had Joe play to entertain our guests. We received great feed back on him. Joe was very easy to work with and showed up over an hour early, which was great! I would definitely book him again!
We couldn't have been happier with Joe! My wife and I listened to numerous musicians before selecting Joe and we were confident we made the right choice. He communicated with us prior to the event and showed genuine interest in making our event special for us. Joe arrived early for the event and was setup and ready to go!
His songs, style and music were exactly what we hoped for! The music blended in seamlessly with our ceremony and reception. We've received so many wonderful compliments on the entire event and Joe was a key part of it all!
Joe was professional and flexible through the entire event, but most importantly he is a quality musician with a great repertoire of music. My wife and would strongly recommend Joe for your event. If we host another event where we need a musician, we will be calling him!
We hired Joe to perform at our Wedding at a local winery in the St. Louis area. I had actually seen him perform at that winery as a patron and thought he'd be perfect for our wedding. Joe's music provides and relaxing, fun, modern, and classic vibe that people of any generation can enjoy. Before the wedding infact, Joe learned two songs I had requested and met with my sister who's a singer so he could provide accompaniment for her dedication solo during the ceremony. Joe Fry went above and beyond our expectations and was just an all-around friendly and sincere guy. All of our guests really enjoyed his music and the ambiance he provided. His talent and generosity does not disappoint!
Joe was awesome and made our party something special! He played great songs and love the harmonica! He arrived on time and played for 3 hours straight. Our guests loved it!
Joe was very professional and showed up on-time to set-up and was ready to go when guests arrived. He played a variety of music as we had talked about. Guest both young and old enjoyed interacting with him. We had a perfect night of music, food and celebration.
Joe is a perfect touch to our party! Great performer! Lots of compliments during the night-
Thank you Joe! Your talent was greatly appreciated.
We booked joe for a party for our son's ordination at the Molly Darcy pub in st. louis. Everyone really enjoyed Joe's friendly laid back style. Joe could play any song that was requested. We had lots of people tell us the music was great!
Joe has a great sound and the choice of songs was awesome. We had a small surprise birthday party for my husband and everyone commented on how good Joe was. Would definitely recommend Joe for any event.
Response from Joe Fry the Guitar Guy:
It's easy to be the life of the party when I have a great group of people to party with! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your celebration and making me feel like family. I'm so happy you all enjoyed the show!
Really enjoyed Joe. Song list is great. Vocals and guitar wonderful, and Joe is just a really wonderful guy. Couldn't ask for anything more.
We couldn't have been more pleased that we found Joe Fry to play at our wedding. We were able to catch him earlier this year at another event and thought he would be perfect. He didn't let us down. Did a great job!!!! Even added his own style to our first dance song which turned out great!!! Lots of compliments from our guests.
I had an outdoor winery wedding in August and I knew from the start that I wanted a singing guitarist for my ceremony and cocktail hour. I searched for months until I found Joe Fry on Gig Salad and then booked him after I saw him out at a local gig.
I couldn't be any happier with my decision to book Joe. I emailed him several times with questions and requests and he was extremely quick to respond and very adaptable to whatever I asked him to do on my wedding day. He played and sang "Over the Rainbow" during the ceremony and totally nailed it. The songs he chose along with my requests for the cocktail hour were fun and upbeat. Many of my guests came up to me during the night and complimented me on hiring such a great musician. It really set a great energy for the rest of the night.
I would recommend Joe for any event! He is so professional, talented and accommodating!
Joe did a great job entertaining our guests for mothers birthday party. We have hired Joe for many occasions and he is prompt, courteous, and just loves to play music.
What to Expect
I cover the songs that people know and love that bring back memories of yesteryear. I become totally encompassed in my music which also rubs off on the audience. I play from the heart adding my own special touch into the songs I cover with my own style. You may see and feel the heartfelt expressions in my facial expressions. When I'm performing it's like a out of the body expeirience. I love the music and it shows. People always come up to me and express how much they enjoyed the song choices. I like to mix it up for I believe in any size group of people there are always different taste in music. Some like rock n roll while others prefer country or folk. Thats what sets me apart from others is my mix of rock,country,blues,folk and alternative gendras of music. I can blow a harp with the best of them so I throw a song with the harp in periodically to keep people wanting more. Everyone loves the harmonica! I give them a great show every time and give them something to remember.
One man band acoustic singer/songwriter Joe Fry was born into a musical family where music filled the air at all different
times of the day. Even from the womb I was tapping my foot to the beat of my father, who was, the original Joe Fry the guitar guy. He passed on to me the love of music and the God given talent, that just so happens to be more caught than taught.
By the young age of around ten I sang in Church, as well as with my father as we entertained in the bars in the city of St. Louis Mo. I would dance and sing on
top of the bar, therefore, soaking up all the attention. That was the hook!
There was no turning back after that. Once you've been bit by the applause of
the crowd and the feeling of all of their eyes beaming up at you, you're
By the age of fourteen, I was breathing harmonica. I would wail on the blues
harp! By the age of 16, I met Richard Daniels and joined the band Comstock
Load as their lead singer. Next I joined a blues band, so I could play my
harmonica and blow the blues. I met Tom Shea from Ballwin Missouri and we
started a blues band called "Tom Shea Blues Band". I joined as the lead singer,
rhythm guitarist and , of course, blowing the blues harp.
Led Zepplin's song "Going to California" became my reality. I made the cut from over two hundred auditions in Paul Fussel's band as the lead singer.
Unfortunately, in 1975 Disco mania hit the country. I decided then to try a different approach. I teamed up with Joel Swan from a local Bluegrass band in St. Louis, called "Sassafrass Band". Back in 1977 our band was doing alot of the same songs I'm doing today, only they weren't called oldies LOL! Joel and I played as a duet and conquered classic hits, folk, and bluegrass music in clubs all around St.Louis Missouri. Bogarts Bars was a regular gig. Around 1980 we decided, in order to expand, to invite drummer Shea Tignor, of St. Louis Missouri, to join us. That made up the band of "Wood Axe", where we could play Classic Rock and get into more venues that wanted full bands.
After participating in many bands, playing for my local church, and being encouraged by so many people when I played solo at different gatherings, it prompted me to step out on my own and have the creative freedom to play what I want where I want when I want! I practice when I want and I don't have to worry about a band member deciding not to show up. Life is too short to not live your dreams. I can honestly say this is my dream occupation. I'm loving it!
I'm really laid back and I preform my music from the heart. You might call me
somewhat of a naturalist considering I prefer to play without loop machines or
auto-tuning vocal machines. I play with my natural abilities, just raw, real
talent. I promise you a show to remember and will satisfy everyone in your
Check out my ever-changing song list. Also I've posted some videos and audio clips to give you a sample of my musical talent. There are a lot of good guitar players and singers out there but not many solo performers that have the
ability to do both (and can wail on a harmonica!). Of course, I have my
material for those who want to hear some original compositions. However, my
first and foremost desire is to entertain you with the songs you have grown to
love. I play the popular music of our times. From old Rock n' Roll and old
Country hits, through the decades, up to today's Alternative Rock and new
Country tunes. I play the winery circuit around Missouri, several bars, and
numerous restaurants. I've played everywhere from wineries, high class
restaurants, biker bars, grocery stores (Schnucks), private parties,
corporate parties and high end hotels. I can fit into small venues where my band couldn't. However,
I can fill large venues like corporate parties and tent festivals.
I live and breath every song I interpret. My promise is to make your event a
special musical experience to look back on and never forget. If possible I will
learn to play whatever songs your heart desires. Please keep in mind some
songs are not made to play only acoustically.
I am a professional singer/songwriter who promises to act professional in every
aspect of your vision. It is my pleasure to perform a mind blowing performance
every time. I use state of the art P.A. equipment, beginning with my BOSE sound
system for perfect acoustics sounds replication. I play a MARTIN acoustic
guitar which is considered, by most people, to be the best acoustic guitar ever made.
I will dress and act professional at all times while interacting with your guest
and taking request. Making folks happy is my goal. I love to see people
enjoying the music, dancing, and singing along. It doesn't take long for folks
to see how encompassed I become in the music I play. It gets contagious. Of
course, I can or will transition from background to foreground if the event permits.
Thanks so much for your consideration. Book me now and I will go the extra mile to make you glad you did.
Additional Booking Notes
I play acoustic guitar and I am a pureist. For I don't use anything to enhance or alter my natural sound of my vocals or my guitar. I do not use drum machines or loopers that make you sound like more than a soloist or a band for that matter. Where does it end Imean if your looking for a band then hire a band. I'm just a old hippie who likes thing the natural way. So I've invested in a state of the art Bose sound system that doesn't change anything it just projects the sound as clearly as possible. It's crystal clear with no buzzing or feedback issues just pure perfection. which it turn means I must be on because every thing i do will come through from little mistakes to the sound of my breathing. My guitar is a Martin made in America believed to be the best guitar made by many many people in the guitar playing bussiness. I had several in my life and will never be without one. Even though I have many guitars I prefer the Martin first.
Past Booked Events
|May 24, 2018 • 4:30pm - 7:00pm||Personal Occasion|
|November 25, 2017 • 4:30pm - 7:30pm||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|October 07, 2017 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 30, 2017 • 7:30pm - 10:30pm||Cocktail Party|
|September 23, 2017 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|August 25, 2017 • 2:30pm - 5:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|August 19, 2017 • 4:00pm - 11:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|July 29, 2017 • 7:30pm - 9:00pm||Reunion|
|June 24, 2017 • 12:00pm - 5:00pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|May 12, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Dinner Party|
|November 25, 2016 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|July 31, 2016||Wedding Reception|
|May 14, 2016 • 6:00pm - 9:30pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|April 23, 2016 • 6:30pm - 11:30pm||Nonprofit Event|
|March 12, 2016||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|December 05, 2015||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|October 03, 2015||Birthday (Adult)|
|September 19, 2015||House Party|
|August 22, 2015||Birthday (Adult)|
|August 08, 2015||Birthday (Adult)|
|June 13, 2015||Birthday (Adult)|
|May 03, 2015||Wedding Reception|
|December 13, 2014||Holiday Party|
|November 29, 2014||Wedding Reception|
|October 24, 2014||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 30, 2014||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|April 04, 2014||Corporate Event|
|September 14, 2013||Birthday Party|
I have over 300 songs that I've been performing the last three years. I alternate them so the venues where I play on a regular basis don't get the same sets every week or every month. Here is a partial list just to give you a sample of the taste of music I share. You will notice everything from rock, country,oldies,blues,grunge and I also have some originals if asked I will perform them as well.
3 AM - matcthbox twenty
4 & 20 - steven stills
a change is gonna come - sam cooke
a horse with no name - america
after the gold rush - neil young
aint no sunshine - bill withers
all for you - sister hazel
all I have to do is dream - everly brothers
all shook up - elvis
all you need is love - beatles
amie - pure prairie league
bad bad leroy brown - jim croce
bad fish - sublime
bad weather - poco
battle of new orleans - johnny horton
be like that - three doors down
behind blue eyes - the who
better man - pearl jam
blue - jay hawks
blue suede shoes - elvis
boston - augustana
boulevard of broken dreams - green day
bring it on home to me - sam cooke
brown eyed girl - van morrison
cant you see - marshall tucker
carrying your love with me - george strait
cats in the cradle - harry chapin
chasing cars - snow patrol
check yes or no - george strait
chicken train - ozark mountain daredevils
choices - george jones
country girl - neil young
cowgirl in the sand - neil young
cowgirls don't cry - brooks and dunn
crazy circles - bad company
cripple creek ferry - neil young
cupid - sam cooke
danny's song - kenny loggins
daydream - lovin' spoonful
dear prudence - the beatles
december - collective souls
don't close your eyes - kieth whitley
drift and die - puddle of mud
drift away - dobey gray
epiphany - stained
everlong - foofighters
everyday - buddy holly
everything you want - vertical horizon
family tradition - hank williams jr.
father and son - cat stevens
fime of your life - green day
fire on the mountain - marshal tucker
folsom prison blues - johnny cash
for what its worth - buffalo springfield
free fallin - tom petty
friends in low places - garth brooks
girl - the beatles
give a little bit - super tramp
guitar man - bread
hallelujah - rufus wainwright
harvest - neil young
harvest moon - neil young
he stopped lovin' her today - george jones
heart of gold - neil young
hello darlin - conway twitty
here comes the sun - the beatles
hey baby - bruce channel
hey good looking - hank williams sr
hey, hey, my, my - neil young
highway song - blackfoot
home - chris daughtry
home - blake shelton
how to save a life - the fray
hurt - johnny cash
I can only imagine - mercy me
I loved her first - heartland
I need you - lynyrd skynyrd
I'd love to change the world - ten years after
if you could read my mind - gordon lightfoot
I'll be - edwin mc cain
imagine - john lennon
in my life - the beatles
it's your love - tim mc graw
jambalaya - hank williams sr
king of the road - roger miller
knocking on heavens door - eric clapton
landslide - stevie nicks
lean on me - bill whithers
let her cry - hootie and the blowfish
little red riding hood - sam the sham
little too late - mark chesnutt
lola - kinks
lonely day - system of the down
long black veil - lefty frizzel
long december - counting crows
long haired coutry boy - charlie daniels
long may you run - neil young
louisiana saturday night
love me tender - elvis
love the one your with - CSN
love without end - george strait
lover lover - jerrod niemann
lucky man - emerson, lake, and palmer
lying in the sun - stereophonics
magnolia - jj cale
make the world go away - eddie arnold
man I want to be - chris young
margaritaville - jimmy buffet
mary janes last dance - tom petty
melissa - allman brothers band
midnight rider - allman brothers band
miles from nowhere - cat stevens
moondance - van morrison
morning has broken - cat stevens
mr. Bo jangles - nitty gritty dirt band
multi colored lady - gregg allman
my girl - temptations
no where man - the beatles
norwegian wood - the beatles
on my way home - neil young
on the road again - willie nelson
on the road to find out - cat stevens
one/let it be - U2/beatle melody
only love can break your heart - neil young
out on the weekend - neil young
painted black - rolling stones
peggy sue - buddy holly
piano man - billy joel
please come to boston - kenny chesney
pretty good at drinking beer - billy currington
pretty woman - roy orbison
puff the magic dragon - peter, paul, and marry
ramblin man - allman brothers band
ready for love - bad company
return to sender - elvis
ring of fire - johnny cash
rocky raccoon - the beatles
rolling in my sweet babys arms - flatt and scruggs
rose colored glasses - john lee
run for your life - the beatles
running dry - neil young
sandman - america
santa monica - theory of a dead man
seagull - bad company
shanty - jonathan edwards
simple man - lynyrd skynyrd
sittin' on the the dock of the bay - ottis redding
slide - googoo dolls
somewhere over the rainbow - israel kamakawiwiwo ole
standing on the rock - ozark mountain daredevils
sugar mountain - neil young
sunny - temptations
sunshine - johnathan edwards
sweet caroline - neil diamond
take it easy - eagles
Talks to angels - Black crows
tamborine man - bob dylan
tequila sunrise - the eagles
thats allright momma - elvis
the freshman - the verve pipe
the last time - rolling stones
the letter - joe cocker
the needle and the dammage done - neil young
the scientist - coldplay
the world I know - collective souls
time - hootie and the blowfish
time of your life - green day
times like these - foofighters
tuesdays gone - lynyrd skynyrd
two of a kind - garth brooks
two pina coladas - garth brooks
use somebody - kings of leon
ventura highway - America
wake me up when september ends - green day
wake up little susie - everly brothers
what I like about you - romantics
what I'd say - ray charels
wheels - foofighters
when you say nothing at all - ronan keating
where do the children play - cat stevens
wherever you will go - the calling
whoop somebody's - Paul thorn
wild fire - michael murphy
wild horses - rolling stones
wild world - cat stevens
with a little help from my friends - the beatles
wonderful tonight - eric clapton
wonderwall - oasis
working class hero - green day
you and me - lifehouse
you can close your eyes - james taylor
you dont even call me by my name - david allen cole
you had me from hello - kenny chesney
your cheatin' heart - hank williams sr
you've got a friend - james taylor
you've got to hide your love away - the beatlesre.
Influences & Inspiration
I like all types of music but growing up in the 60's and 70's I would say the main influences are Elvis, Beatles,Hank williams,Niel young,Eagles,Led Zepplin and so so many others. But even today as I learn new material for my shows I'm exposed to Artist I may never had heard like Augustana and The Decemberist and Ray LaMontange to name a few. so i'm constantly being influenced by all the awesome musicians from all over the world. I do so much believe that music is the universal language and it brings people together like nothing else can.
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a minimum of a 8'x8' area for set up
cover from inclement weather
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