- harmonica, vocals
Joe Nosek moved to Chicago in his early teens where he began to become exposed to the classic blues sounds of the greats like Muddy Waters and the Howlin' Wolf. Every year in early June, he would camp out in Grant Park and catch nearly every minute of the three day Chicago Blues Festival. He also began sneaking into Chicago blues bars to see blues legends like Jr. Wells, James Cotton, Otis Rush, Jimmy Rogers, and Willie Dixon. Inspired by these bluesmen, Nosek took up the guitar and harmonica and began immersing himself in the great Chess, Cobra, and Vee-Jay blues recording of the 1940's and 50's. By his early twenties he began sharing the stage blowing harmonica with blues and R&B masters like Clyde "the Funky Drummer" Stubblefield, Luther Allison, and Casey Jones.
In his mid-twenties, Nosek started the Cash Box Kings with Travis Koopman, Chris Boeger, Todd Cambio and Kenny 'Beedy Eyes' Smith. As a frontman, he provides deep, muscular vocals and he knows how to work a room. Whether it's sliding across the stage or dancing on top of the bar, Nosek takes the job of igniting a crowd seriously.
(Photo by Aigars Lapsa)