Joe Spivey


Oral History Information

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Studio Musician, Musical Director

Joe Spivey is a much-in-demand fiddle player in Nashville who has recorded and toured with Shania Twain, The Blackhawks, Dolly Parton and John Anderson, among others. He grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana, and was glued to the Gospel and Blues radio stations in the area. While still in high school and until he was 21, Joe became a radio program director and engineer, which led to his becoming the Musical Director of the Louisiana Hayride. The famous radio program, which debuted country and early rock pioneers, began in 1948 with its first run ending in 1964. The program was revived in 1974 when Joe joined the band and served as Musical Director. Joe opened his own recording studio, Southern Stars, which focused on Gospel acts. In 1986 he moved to Nashville to work with John Anderson and has done just about every recording and performance with him ever since. Yes, that is Joe playing the eloquent violin part during the opening of John’s big hit “Seminole Wind.”