Joe Maphis was born in Suffolk, Virginia. He developed a unique guitar
playing style, somewhat comparable to Merle Travis. But, he played more
than the guitar. He also played the fiddle, mandolin, bass fiddle and
wrote songs, too.
His career went from coast to coast and then some. He appeared on many of
the nationally known live radio shows. When he was on the WLS National Barn
Dance, he worked with Red Foley and Grandpa Jones. In addition, he appeared
on the Foreman Phillips show, a Sunday radio show with Stuart Hamblen called
He was known to have played the fiddle and banjo on many of Wesley Tuttle's
recordings and also for other artists that recorded in California.
His wife was Rosalie and they lived in the San Fernando Valley area of Los