Joe Stanton, singer/songwriter, acoustic fingerstyle guitarist.
“With intricate fingerstyle guitar, earthy baritone and lyrics from life, Joe Stanton does what he loves –
writing and performing acoustic music.”
Joe’s philosophy of “playing wherever they’ll listen” has taken him and his Martin D28, on a 30 year journey from his favorites haunts in his home on the Canadian Sunshine coast, with regular stops throughout Washington State and Oregon, to a concert in a hot air balloon over the Swiss Alps, to the Kerrville Folk festival in the hill country of Texas, to the world fingerpicking championships in Winfield Kansas.
In the fall of 2013, Joe had the opportunity to play aboard the historic “Canadian” VIA Rail train from Vancouver to Toronto. Playing train songs and picking the guitar for the 3000 mile journey across the country.
Joe’s acoustic guitar style has been likened to his heroes, Leo Kottke, Chet Atkins, Bruce Cockburn, and his songwriting has resulted in 5 cd’s, styles ranging from Bluegrass, to contemporary folk, to alt country, all receiving radio airplay in Canada, the US , Europe and Australia, and 2 vinyl singles in the 1980’s earning 2 BCCMA award nominations .
Over the years Joe has performed all over Canada, The U.S. and Europe. Highlights include performing for the Olympic Torch Relay at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, The Kerrville Folk festival in Texas, as well as the prestigious Vancouver Island Music festival in 2012.
Joe is always working on the next recording project, His most recent “Vintage” is a compilation of favorite songs from all of his releases, along with a few new solo guitar instrumentals .