"West Side" Joe Schicke was raised in Memphis, TN, and earned his recording and performing credentials performing with Memphis blues artists Earl the Pearl, Reba Russell, Billy Gibson, Larry Lee (guitarist for Al Green), and Big Joe Turner (bassist for Albert and B.B. King). Joe has shared stages with Charlie Hunter, Tower of Power, and James Cotton, and worked in the studio with legendary producer Willie Mitchell. Joe moved to Ft. Collins in 2007 and has since worked with local artists such as Saja Butler, Bevin Luna, Jeff Finlin, Lionel Young, John Magnie, and Al Chesis. Joe currently leads his band West Side Joe & The Men of Soul, with Steve Amedee of The Subdudes on drums and vocals, and Taylor Tesler of American Idol's Casey Abram's touring band. It's a world class rhythm section backing a world class singer/songwriter and guitarist.
The band released their first album, Keep On Climbin', in 2021. The album has gained critical acclaim and was the #1 played album by Colorado artists on Colorado radio for the month of June 2021.