KFAI 90.3 & 106.7 Stage
in The Firehouse PAC Lot: 4:15-5:00PM – Full Schedule
On July 31, 1982 (show time) Joe Price walked into Dar’s Bar to do a solo gig. The band he normally played with “Mother Blues”, out of Iowa City, was on a break. It’s not in Joe Price’s nature to take a break from making music, so it became his custom to do a solo show whenever he wasn’t doing band work. Joe launched into his first set and stunned everyone with his guitar work and his original songwriting talents. At break the crowd asked if Vicki could play. Coming from behind the bar where she’d been working, Vicki Ewing took up Joe’s National Steel guitar and played a couple of her own compositions. That was the beginning of a life time of making music together.
Joe Price grew up in Waterloo, Iowa. It was there a young Joe Price heard Chicago bluesman Earl Hooker perform at a local record store. The store hosted Earl, who played along with a 45 record of his latest recording. Earl played traditional slide guitar, with a metal tube on his pinky and his guitar tuned open. Joe was blown away and stayed after the show to ask him how to do it. Earl told him to cut the end of a bicycle handlebar off and it would make a good slide. Joe went home, cut the end off the neighbors handle bar and sat down to learn to play the blues.