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Country Music Performer Blind Joe Wows Town Green Crowd

Aug 10, 2016 09:41PM ● By Doug Erlien

Blind Joe performs at Town Green in Maple Grove. (photo by Doug Erlien)

Blind Joe performs at Town Green

There wasn’t nearly the pressure when he took the Town Green  stage as there was when he participated in NBC’s competition show The Voice, but Joe Bommersbach, the man known as 'Blind Joe' talked about the experience that changed his professional life as he performed in Maple Grove on Monday, Aug. 8 as part of the Sounds of Summer music series.

“You try to tell yourself when you’re there 'this is great', and there are parts that are really fun,” 
Bommersbach said. “It was cool to meet Blake (Shelton) and it was definitely cool to hang out with Brad Paisley. I’m a huge Brad Paisley fan. I got to play guitar for him and he stopped rehearsal and said 'dude, just play me something on guitar' and I’m like the best guitarist in the world wants me to play guitar for him.”

He blew Paisley away that night just as he did the Town Green crowd as he performed a mix of original and cover songs. He shared his story of perseverance challenging everyone to go after their dreams just as he has. His song “Pitty Don’t Get Ya Paid” which he wrote two years ago to honor his father who taught him to not feel sorry for himself despite his disability was a highlight of his set. Having opened for such country stars as David Allen Coe, Craig Morgan and Joe Diffie, Joe just played We Fest for the first time this year. Of all his musical influences, it was his grandfather who he sites as his biggest.

“He was a hell of an accordion player. He played in a couple different bands in North Dakota and Minnesota,” 
Bommersbach said. “He’d play all the classics, Hank (Williams), Waylon (Jennings) and Willie (Nelson). He really taught me everything I know about music.”

Bommersbach isn’t touring the country, he spends time talking to youth about not letting anything stand in their way when they are chasing their dreams.

“When we do the assemblies, we talk about how I used to play video games as a kid and learned them from the sounds and I used to ride dirt bike around my parents farm,” he said. “I tell them those stories to let them know that it doesn’t matter what you think is wrong with you. In the end as long as you believe in yourself and have confidence you can do anything.”

For more information on Blind Joe and his new record 'By The Fans, For The Fans' 
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