Joel Paterson defines who the ideal session guy should be: selfless, musical, and born with impeccably good taste. His sympathetic hollowbody makes the jazz, country, rockabilly or swing he’s backing come alive.
— Timeout Chicago
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My life is dedicated to playing guitar and exploring the sound and history of the roots music I love, including blues, jazz, country, western swing, and whatever else you want to call it. I live in Chicago, and I’m lucky to be surrounded by some of the finest musicians you will find anywhere. Rather than trying to have one band to brand and market, I enjoy playing in many projects, and putting together different lineups to play a variety of musical styles—to keep things fresh and to have the right sound to fit any occasion.  It’s always difficult to keep people updated with everything I’m up to (and it’s hard for me to keep track of it all), but for info on the projects that I'm currently working on, check out the "Bands" section of my website. And check out the "Recordings" section of my site for ordering info on albums that are still in print and available for purchase.

photo by Antje Kastner

photo by Antje Kastner