Joe Neary first picked up a guitar near the end of 2010 as an outlet for a broken heart. With a knack for songwriting, Joe quickly found his own unique musical style. His vocal sounds have the rhythmic and melodic flow of Jason Mraz, and many have compared him to Andy Grammer, John Mayer, and Adam Levine.
After deciding to share his first batch of songs in a live setting, Joe teamed up with drummer Chris Halbauer. What began as an acoustic duo made its way to an upbeat trio with the addition of bass player Jordan Burmeister. They have recently added electric guitarist Brandon Mathieus, which has provided the group with a full sound on both recordings and at live performances.
The band has gained the reputation of putting on high quality live shows, whether it be acoustically or with a full band. Their various influences of pop, alternative, jazz and blues help create an interesting song selection throughout the show. The flow between various styles provide both energy and emotion. Audiences can be found dancing one song and listening intently the next. The band can also perform a multitude of covers including Coldplay, Justin Timberlake, John Mayer, Mumford and Sons and Daft Punk.
Their first full album, "From Love, to Loss, to Living," was released June 2013, and has been well received locally and with their online fans. In the last year, Joe Neary was a finalist to open for Andy Grammer at the House of Blues in Chicago, was also nominated for Best Solo Artist by Radio Milwaukee, and has had showcases at the Beloit International Film Festival, Yellow Phone Music Conference and Beloit College Folk and Blues Festival.
The Middle Ground
- 2014 Milwaukee Best New Artist of the Year
- Nominated for best solo artist by Radio Milwaukee
- Selected to showcase at the Beloit International Film Festival, Yellow Phone Music Conference, Beloit College Folk and Blues Festival and APCA Conferences
- Their first full album, "From Love, to Loss, to Living," was released June 2013
- Finalist in Chicago's House of Blues opening for Andy Grammer
- Formerly known as Joe Neary Band