Papa Joe Grappa
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Papa Joe Grappa is a square peg in the round hole of the blues. He is a guitarist who writes and sings topical blues inthe Los Angeles area. He's played clubs in New York, London, Paris, Memphis, Philadelphia, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. In the daytime, he is head writer for the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, under the pseudonym Joe Medeiros
Why this name?
My name's Joe. I'm a father of 2. I like to drink Grappa.
Do you play live?
I've played the Malibu Inn and the Canyon Club in LA. Plus I've opened for Jay Leno at The Mirage in Las Vegas. I play at open blues jams around the country and at gigs that some of my friends get me. Biggest thrill: backing Dwight Yoakum and Chris Isaak playing for the troops in Bahrain.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
I can download the stuff I write.
Band History:
PAPA JOE GRAPPA’S MIDLIFE CRISIS BAND

Papa Joe Grappa– Guitars, Vocals

Gerald Johnson - Bass. Definitely one of the funkiest bass players around. Gerald’s recorded with Dave Mason, Steve Miller and Steven Stills.

Gary Mallaber – Drums. Gary’s the drummer on Van Morrison’s “Moondance.” He’s also recorded with Steve Miller and Bruce Springsteen.

Marty Grebb – Electric Piano, Organ, Baritone And Tenor Sax. The multi-talented Marty has recorded with Bonnie Raitt, Joe Walsh and The Band. He was also the keyboard player in the hit band The Buckinghams.

The Sweet Inspirations – Portia Griffin, Estelle Brown and Myrna Smith, Elvis Presley’s backup singers from 1968-1977

Other Friends
Michael Fell – Harmonica, Dave McKelvey – Harmonica, Tom Petersen – Tenor Sax, Lee Thornburg – Trumpet, James Intveld – Acoustic Bass

BB Chung King (Alan Mirikitani) – Producer, Recording Engineer
Your influences?
Brian Setzer, The Allman Brothers, Frank Zappa, Louis Jordan, Duke Robillard, David Bromberg
Favorite spot?
Paris and London
Equipment used:
Vintage guitars, telecasters and Fender amps. Nothing fancy
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