"And they sit at the bar and put bread in my jar" William Joel
I grew up in the once small town of Bradenton, Fl. Dad played the ukulele, Mom knew all the words, the whole family sang great gospel songs. Music has always been in my DNA.
School years were full of practicing piano, clarinet, playing in orchestras, jazz bands and accompanying choirs. After school I embraced a tough, hot, blue collar family business with my Dad. Music was always present: rehearsing the best band ever, hosting house concerts, and writing numerous songs behind the wheel of a big rig. In 2008 I traded in the Semi for a piano and have been performing full time since.
Songwriting is a great pleasure. Perhaps it will be a vocation someday. I have been blessed with an amazing studio/theater. It is a wonderful house concert venue, recording studio, practice space and now YouTube live stream production space. Lord willing, the years ahead will include new recordings, videos, and all things creative inspired by decades of grit and diesel fumes, art and stage.
Ritz Carlton 2008-2012
Mattison's Forty-One 2008- present
Main Street Trattoria 2010-2022
Remy's On Main 2022-present
Laurel Oaks Country Club 2009-present
The Oaks Country Club 2012-present
Freedom Village 2013-present
The Glenridge 2015-present
LWR Country Club East 2016-present
The Sheridan Lakewood Ranch 2017-present
The Windsor 2017-present
And then some.....
"If you haven't experienced a night with Joe Thayer,
you are missing out on fabulous music, smooth vocals and an all around perfect performance.
Joe has performed at Sarasota Film Society Corporate Events and has wowed the audience.
I was also fortunate enough to have him perform at my home for a private party and he was
the icing on the cake and the cake too. If you want to add a perfect touch to any event...
Joe Thayer is your guy!!!! "
Vice President / Secretary / Treasurer
Sarasota Film Society
“Joe has transformed our sleepy Wednesday evenings into a fun filled weekly event. His diverse repertoire and lively interactions with our membership have exceeded our expectations and created something very special and we are grateful for him!”
Director of Food and Beverage
The Lodge, Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club
"There isn’t a person who has met Joe who doesn’t love him. Not only does he have a great smile, and a kind heart he is a very talented musician! I highly recommend Joe for personal and professional gatherings; he has never let me down!"
The Sheridan at Lakewood Ranch | Senior Director of Sales and Marketing
"Joe sang at our wedding and I cannot imagine it any other way! Everyone was thoroughly entertained and enjoyed the cocktail hour dancing to a great range of songs. Joe is incredibly talented and sings songs that all generations can recognize and enjoy. From organizing and planning, to set up, to playing and break down, the afternoon was truly delightful and incredibly easy. Joe is a delight and we will certainly book him again should an occasion arise. In the meantime we will catch him at Mattison's and other locations around town!"
Live Stream For Aravilla September 30th 2020. These shows were interactive with a long list of requests sent to me weekly.
Since I Fell For You
An original tune for Good Friday 2022
The challenge of streaming a full band in real time while mixing, switching cameras and playing keys at the same time.....turned out ok and was so much fun. Music Starts at 6:40.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUvCZzsThSw&t=395s for full description.
This is a complete album/demo from 2006. Please share video if you like it! This was a time when my friends and I would meet every Wednesday to play tunes in the home studio. Music was so much fun...and we were so youngish. Hope you feel the joy. These are songs of faith...a celebration of the Devine with blunt tools of instruments and words. For my friends who are not quite there yet, hope you enjoy the music, groove, and spirit with which we labored over this project. Joy to all.