Joe, Vicki Price to perform at Bluestem


Courtesy of Joe and Vicki Price

Blues duo Joe and Vicki Price will be performing 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Bluestem stage.

Jacob Beals

Joe and Vicki Price will perform from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8 at the Bluestem stage.

Tickets cost $12 and are available on Eventbrite and at the door.

Joe and Vicki are a couple who have been touring and playing blues since they met in 1982. The couple married five years after they met.

“Joe came in to do a show at a bar I worked at in my home town of Waukon. I got up and played on his break and that’s how we met, and it kind of went from there,” Vicki said. “He was in another blues band at the time and when he left the band he moved up where I was living and we started playing music together.”

Their relationship adds to their performances on stage, Joe believes. He said he loves touring with his wife and he would not want it to be any other way. 

Joe and Vicki both write their own songs, which are performed on electric guitars and their custom handmade tube amplifiers. Joe said the amplifiers add to their music by creating a classic blues sound.  

For the Prices, touring is a true passion, and they are always looking forward to their upcoming shows. Joe said that their current tour has been a success and they’ve loved all the positive reactions from their audiences. They also hope to add to the blues community of music and discover new musicians that are emerging all around the country.

“The blues singers are getting further and further in-between for us,” Joe said. “I mean, the music is still alive and well, but you gotta go to the places where people play it. You gotta seek it out, and that’s what we do.”

Joe and Vicki have opened for many other blues singers in the past, such as Koko Taylor, John Lee Hooker and Buddy Guy. The Prices love this aspect of touring and see it as a major success when they get to share the stage with fellow musicians.

“To us that’s just the greatest thing that can happen. Hanging with the blues singers and listening to their music and learning. That’s a big thing, you got to keep learning,” Joe said.

To find out more about the Prices’ performance, visit the Bluestem stage’s website.