Joe was 12 years old when his older brother Mike first showed him how to play the guitar. He learned all he could from him within a month, so his parents decided to enroll him in lessons with local jazz guitarist Johnny Frisco. That's when "the hook was set" and Joe became a guitarist for life. Forty years later, Joe's passion for music is still growing.
During his middle school years, Joe started performing with groups at school and at church. By the time he was in high school, he was playing professionally with local big bands and dance orchestras. Music school was the next logical step. After graduation, Joe played professionally for a number of years before settling into teaching.
Teaching, it turns out, is something Joe is "hardwired" to do. To Joe, teaching is more than just imparting knowledge and skills: it is also about showing the student how to express themselves well and connect with others in a positive meaningful way. This is especially true when teaching children who, more and more today, are in need of encouragement from adults who can be seen as good role models. Faith, family and community are important to Joe, so the decision to work at Hearts' Home Acoustics was a no-brainer.
Joe has received degrees from University of North Texas (BM Jazz Studies), UTSA (MM Classical Guitar Performance) and Dallas Theological Seminary (MA Biblical Studies). He has served on the music faculties of Trinity University, The University of the Incarnate Word, Palo Alto College and Northwest Vista College. Joe has also served as music director for Communion Chapel EFCA, and as worship leader for Hillside Fellowship in Bulverde. He is still active as a performer with various jazz bands and classical ensembles in the San Antonio area.
Chaney’s love for music took root in Uvalde, Texas, when his parents enrolled him in violin lessons in 1984. At only 4 years old, he still remembers the excitement of learning a song and the joy it brought to those for whom he performed. Although the violin was fun and challenging, he soon took an interest in the guitar and has not put it down since. Along the way, he studied various styles of guitar including classical, bluegrass, western swing, fingerstyle, and praise and worship. He has played professionally in the greater San Antonio area for more than 10 years.
Chaney graduated from Texas State University with a bachelor’s in music with an emphasis in classical guitar performance. While in college, he participated in numerous guitar quartets and jazz combos. He played violin with the Texas State Orchestra and has performed twice at Austin’s Guitars Galore Festival.
Tyler Jackson is a world renown tenor banjoist and upright bassist. Under the tutelage of Buddy Griffin, he quickly learned the ukulele, tenor banjo, and electric bass.
Tyler went on to study the double bass at the University of North Texas under Lynn Seaton. With the help of Seaton he began to fine-tune his skills as a professional bassist. It was during this period that he was asked to work for Ray Price and the Cherokee Cowboys.
Touring with Price took him all over the world and allowed him to play countless venues across North America including the Grand Ole Opry, Massy Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Gruene Hall, as well as the Stagecoach Festival, Austin City Limits Live and more. In 2007-09 Ray Price teamed up with Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard to form the highly successful “Last of the Breed” tour. Tyler can be seen on A&E's “Last of the Breed” DVD and heard on the live CD as well.
Besides his tenure with the late Ray Price, he has worked with many well known artists spanning several genres including Earl Klugh, John McEuen, Randy Travis, Jim Cullum, and Dale Watson. Currently residing in Boerne, TX, Tyler continues to tour, record and teach private lessons.