By the early 80’s he was both on form and playing regularly at the Sho-Nuff Barbeque and numerous other clubs and bars around town, but it was not until 1993 that he again recorded. This time it was for ‘TopCat Records’ who issued four tracks, as part of a ‘Texas Bluesman’ compilation, together with work from Robert Ealey and Curley ‘Barefoot’ Miller. This package then toured extensively throughout the States and Europe. At the same time Joe was touting a self produced demo cassette wherein he again reprised ‘Hustler/Mojo Backfire’ together with four other mainly self-penned tracks. It was also in the November of that year that Joe was featured in the late lamented Utrecht Estaffete, In Holland, where he was very well received.
Five years later Joe recorded a CD for ‘Midwest Records’ entitled ‘Hogwild For The Blues’ and the following year he recorded the wonderful ‘Live’ at the maximum security wing of Huntsville Prison, Texas. It was a brilliant and enlightening collection of old and new standards from ‘Honky Tonk’ through to ‘Members Only’. For a while he joined the Ken Savages’ ‘Best Kept Secret’ band and in 2003 recorded a CD with them for sale at their gigs. Since then he has begun to take things easy, working mainly around the Dallas metroplex. He is still in possession of a big Texas style voice and plays harmonica in the Little/Big Walter style but currently only performs when the spirit moves him. When we phoned him, he mentioned that he has taken on a three day a week commitment to play Dallas ‘Home of the Blues’ but that he would find the time to come over to England for a Shakedown blues session in October 2007– sometimes you just can’t believe your luck