Joe Maher a/k/a "Big Joe" started out his music career in his Maryland high school jazz band "The Starliners.” Musician greats like Clark Terry, Urbie Green, Mudell Lowe & James Moody often sat in with the band as guest performers and they were an inspiration to him. His father listened to Louis Jordon and blues & jazz at home so this was an influence on his musical style as well. He started his own roots blues record collection during that time in the 60’s when most of his friends were just into the rock-n-roll.
high school he went immediately on the road with his own jazz/blues
trio. His mission then started to become an accomplished
singer/drummer. Over time he shared the stage, opened up for or backed
up music Legends: Willie Dixon, Johnny
Adams, Floyd Dixon, Delbert McClinton,
Johnnie Johnson, Mick
Fleetwood, Jimmy McCracklin, Jimmy Rogers,
Pinetop Perkins, Jimmy Witherspoon, Bullmoose Jackson, James"Thunderbird"
Davis, Nappy Brown, Jimmy T99 Nelson, Lazy
Lester, Bobby Parker, Otis Rush
& Earl King. Some often requested him when coming to town knowing he would
know their material and be quite adept at covering it.
The Dynaflows release "I'm Still Swingin" on Severn Records, received the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA)"Best Blues Recording" in 1998. WAMA also voted Big Joe "Male Blues Vocalist of the Year" both in 2005 and 2009. Other Dynaflow releases include "All Night Long" and "You Can't Keep a Big Man Down" on the Severn label; "Layin' in the Alley" on New Orleans based Black Top Records, which received the (WAMA) "Best Blues Recording" in 1994;."Good Rockin'Daddy" on the Powerhouse label & "Cool Dynaflow" on a European label.