Joseph Fidler "Joe" Walsh, originally from our home town
of Wichita, KS, was an accomplishment musician well before his days in
the band Eagles. In addition to his solo effort and the Eagles,
Joe Walsh also played in the James Gang, Barnstorm, and was a session
guitarist for both BB King and Dan Fogelberg. Over the years he
has also contributed to the work of Ringo Starr, REO Speedwagon, Bob
Seger, Lionel Richie, and Richard Marx. His initial paying gig
with the James Gang started way back in 1968.
Barnstorm was actually Walsh's creation, and although
Barnstorm was the band behind the tunes, early Barnstorm albums were
marketed as solo Walsh albums. The Smoker You Drink, the Player
You Get, a 1973 Barnstorm album released as a solo Walsh effort,
featured the hit song "Rocky Mountain Way". By 1974, Barnstorm had
officially disbanded, and Joe Walsh continued on exclusively as a solo
artist. After releasing a couple of solo albums, Joe Walsh
officially joined the Eagles, and went on to help them on a number of
projects, including the critically acclaimed Hotel California.
While the Eagles worked on a follow up to this album, Walsh continued
his solo career, releasing But Seriously, Folks in 1978.
You will probably remember the song "Life's Been Good" from this album.
After the initial breakup of the Eagles in 1980, Joe
Walsh continued his solo career, although sales were poor. Many of
you will remember that Joe Walsh actually ran for president in 1980 as a
way to bring awareness to the campaign (no intentions of really
winning). In addition to his solo career, in 1984, Walsh had
accepted an invitation to perform for a band called The Party Boys in
Australia. This lasted several years, and Walsh could be found in
other bands and on other projects until he reunited with the Eagles in
1994. Some other songs you may remember from Joe Walsh include
"The Confessor" (1985) and "Ordinary Average Guy" (1991). At the
time of this writing, the Joe Walsh Discography was as follows:1974: So What
1976: You Can't Argue with a Sick Mind
1978: But Seriously Folks
1978: The Best of Joe Walsh
1978: So Far So Good
1981: There Goes the Neighborhood
1983: You Bought It - You Name It
1985: The Confessor
1985: Rocky Mountain Way
1987: Got Any Gum?
1991: Ordinary Average Guy
1992: Songs for a Dying Planet
1995: Look What I Did!
1997: Joe Walsh's Greatest Hits - Little Did He Know
2012: Analog Man