Joe Paige


I started playing guitar at the age of twelve after seeing my cousin had received a Sears model knock-off of Eddie Van Halen’s Frankenstrat. I already had a taste of Rock and Roll from listening to records and 8-tracks with my dad. Seeing that sweet paint job on a guitar made me want to get my hands on one too!

In class I kept talking about it with said cousin. “How do you like your guitar?”……“It seems pretty sweet!”…..“You learn any new songs?”.

Finally, exasperated, my cousin scribbled some lines and numbers on a piece of paper.

“What’s this?”, I asked.

“That’s Wipeout.”, he replied nonchalantly.

He watched me gaze at the paper trying to understand what it all meant. “Here, the lines are the strings, the numbers are the frets. You just follow the pattern and you can learn the song.”

I went home with my piece of tablature and grabbed the old acoustic my dad had lying around the house all this time. Placed the paper in front of me and started to finger the notes one at time. The strings were so damn high off the fretboard my fingers ached with each note. I persisted and after some effort I could play Wipeout by the Surfaris. My dad, hearing the familiar notes turned to me and laughed maniacally, “Muh! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Haaa! Wiiipeout!”. That was it…


industry role:  Artist/Band
genre:  Indie