Joe Cruz
guitar, mandolin & vocals

Joe Cruz is regarded as one of the most versatile multi-stringed instrumentalists on the Twin Cities music scene today. Throughout his 30-year career, Since his move to the Twin Cities in 1981, Joe has been involved with numerous groups and recording projects, developing a vast array of styles, and is regarded as one of the area's finest multi-stringed instrumentalists today. On any given night he can be found playing anything from solo acoustic guitar to screaming electric, swinging with a jazz combo to picking mandolin in a bluegrass band or exploring Latin music on Cuban trés and Puerto Rican cuatro and Guitarron. And now he adds banjo to the list. Also a composer, Joe has an extensive repertoire of original song and instrumental compositions. In addition to his musical talents, Joe is an accomplished wood turner and furniture builder. He currently performs with, acoustic trio Bojono, guitar/vocal jazz duo Cruz with Roxy, and bluegrass band Pickin’ Up Steam, as well as Becky Schgeleg, And Brian Wicklund and the Fiddle Pals