Joe Lewis is one of the undiscovered gems of the Chicago underground. With releases on his 'uber' rare Target records changing hands on ebay for 3 figure sums. Anyone discovering Joe\'s music for the first time will be in for a very special treat, with his sound managing to bridge the gap between the jackin sparseness of Chicago and the atmospheric beauty of early Detroit.
Joe's musical career (currently spanning 20 years) began at a local skating rink, which he renamed \"THE LOOP MACHINE\" where he organised packed to capacity parties every Friday and Saturday. Special guests would often include House legends such as Frankie Knuckles, Steve \"Silk\" Hurley and Farley \"Jackmaster\" Funk. Following the popularity of The Loop Machine, Joe opened his own split floor club ëThe Jungle Clubí. Continuing to pack out dance-floors by the hundreds.
Joe first started releasing songs under the name Joe R Lewis in the mid to late eighties. His first release on his own newly formed Target Record label \"The Love Of My Own\" was in fact a secret collaboration with Larry Heard, aka ëMr. Fingersí, and the original version ëThe Love Of Jamieí was originally to be sung by Byron Walton aka Jamie Principal. He followed this release with 2 more EPís; \'Change Reaction\' and \'Lost In Tracks', all three of these classic and hard to find EPís confirmed Joe as one of Chicago's most talented and underrated producers.
In 1990 Joe hooked up with Darryl Goodlett to form Survival; the outcome was one of the catchiest and most recognised Chicago anthems of all time - 'Midnight Dancin', which appeared on a number of Target Record releases including a collaboration with Paul Johnson in '91.
In 1993 \'The Beginning and The Ending EP\' once more brought Joe to a wider audience, with all the tracks bearing the hall marks of two of Chicagoís finest; Mr. Fingers and Jamie Principal who Joe quotes as being his two greatest influences.
Joe went on to release music on respected labels such as, Green Velvetís Relief Records, and Belgiums SSR/Crammed discs, before taking a break from music.
In 2005 Joe was back with a timely compendium on Peacefrog featuring a selection of his most enduring tracks.