Joe Cuttell

2016 - Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award

Joe Cuttell became enchanted with rock and roll and guitar playing at the age of eight. His parents were jazz and blues enthusiasts, and therefore supportive of his interest in this new music.

In his early years, Joe watched Elvis and Ricky Nelson on TV and tried to copy what he heard and saw. A native of Spirit Lake, he was able to see many of the acts he watched on TV performing live at the Roof Garden. His friend, Mike Monnahan, also had the musical bug, and the two practiced guitars together and shared ideas. Eventually the duo formed a band called The Roo-Teens. In high school Cuttell and Monnahan were in a successful Northwest Iowa group called The Prince and the Paupers. After some of the older members left for college, Joe was asked by Terry Yarns and Dennis Gamble to join their band, the Dentairs, a group which Monnahan later joined as well. That same duo reunited at The University of Iowa and resurrected a new version of The Prince and The Paupers.

The end of his college years brought Joe to Sioux Falls, where he played with the legendary Curt Powell (guitar player for Bobby Vee), and later Joe joined the popular band, The Gas Company.

A move to California, brought studio work for vocal artists, as well as a seven-year stint with The Chinese Blues All- stars.

Since moving back to the Okoboji area, Joe has been a member of The Lake Patrol with other IRRMA inductees Tim Horsman and Mick Buckley; and talented musicians Brian Moore and Jerry Jones.

Through his musical journey, Joe has played with Delbert McClinton, Marcia Ball, Bruce Channel, Bob Dorr and The Blue Band, Damon Dotson, Dave Rowley, Ryan Sather and more.

Many musicians over the years have helped Cuttell grow and develop, and Joe wishes to thank all of those great people who have contributed to his musical career.

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