Joe Krown is a resident and is based out of the city of New Orleans. He is a New Orleans styled piano and Hammond B-3 player. He has been nominated and won a handful of New Orleans Big Easy Awards: 201 & 2004 for the Blues category and two in 2009 for the R&B category.
Joe held the keyboard chair with Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown & Gate’s Express from 1992 until Gatemouth’s passing in the fall of 2005. Joe is featured on the chart topping albums The Man, Gate Swings, American Music, Texas Style and most recently Back to Bogalusa albums. In 1995, Gatemouth and the Gate’s Express including Joe on keyboards, did a 62 date world tour as the opening act for Eric Clapton. The band, Gate’s Express won an Offbeat 2004 Best Band in the Blues Category. Joe is also featured in Gatemouth’s band on Carlos Santana’s Carlos Santana Presents Blues At Montreux 2004 (2006) DVD
From September 1996 to June 2001, he held the Traditional Piano Night slot at the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans, which was once occupied by Professor Longhair and James Booker. Joe followed that strong tradition with his debut solo piano release Just the Piano…Just the Blues (1998), the follow-up CD, New Orleans Piano Rolls (2003), and his latest solo piano effort, Exposed (2012). Joe released one piano trio CD in 2007, Old Friends, a New Orleans styled boogie woogie piano trio. Joe has been a headline performer at WWOZ’s Piano Night during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival every year since 1997 and became the evening’s Producer in 2017.
In the fall of 2007, Joe was invited to be a feature artist in the Solid Blues Tour. The tour was a 38 U.S. city tour in October and November 2007 and it featured Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite, the North Mississippi All-Stars and Joe. Joe performed a 20-minute solo piano set featuring music from his latest CD Old Friends, and then he joined the North Mississippi All-Stars backing up Mavis Staples and Charlie Musselwhite.
Joe made his acting debut in the HBO series Treme. He did a scene in Season 1, episode 4; “At the Foot of Canal Street” (air date 5/2/10) and Season 3, episode 5; “I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say” (air date 10/21/12). He also has music from some of his CDs featured on the show.
After the untimely passing of the legendary great Allen Toussaint in November 2015, Joe was selected to fill the maestro’s chair by playing piano with Toussaint’s band backing up greats like Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, Irma Thomas, Dr. John and more at the 2016 New Orleans Jazz Fest, Hollywood Bowl, Midsummer swing at Carnegie Hall and more.
Joe joined the two time Grammy nominated, platinum record selling Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band as the full time piano/organ player in June 2017 and continues to tour the world with Kenny and his band.
There are many more accolades to Joe’s career and these are merely snippets of what makes him the musician and respected educator he is today.