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About Junction 63

Women in bluegrass music form a sisterhood. Our numbers are smaller than our talented brothers, but we bring a different sound and style to win the hearts of fans.

Lori King is proud to be part of this amazing group of women and, hopefully, a source of inspiration for others to also pursue their talent.

Junction 63 is a great addition to the music scene – a band that promises to bring a fresh take on traditional music. With their hard driving and contemporary vibe, this band is sure to captivate audiences of all ages. Their unique sound seamlessly blends the old and the new, creating a musical experience that is both nostalgic and modern. Over the past 9 years, the band has released three albums, with the third release on Turnberry Records. However, for this 4th project an EP, the band has decided to once again take control and has been sharing singles leading up to the full EP release by the end of 2024. We can’t wait for fans to hear the entire project. Lori King and Junction 63 are a passionate and energetic bluegrass band that consists ofmulti-talented songwriters, arrangers, and instrumentalists. Their vast repertoire includes hard-driving numbers, heartwarming gospels, sing-along country-grass, and classic and contemporary bluegrass compositions. Lori believes that their authenticity both on and off stage has helped them build a strong connection with their audience, making them the best bluegrass band in the Midwest. Come experience their passion and energy for bluegrass music at their next performance!

Joe’s guitar and lead vocals are a direct extension of his personality, he becomes part of each song. As for me, I do what I do best and lead the effort onstage and off.

Lori KingBand Leader, Vocals, Bass

Meet the Band

Lori King

Band Leader, Vocals, Bass

Lori started her music career in 1993 and began performing and singing with the group Bluegrass Addiction in 1999. Lori was introduced to bluegrass music by her husband Joe and began playing bass in 1994. After five years of playing and singing at local music festivals and jams, she joined the group and became a driving force behind the band.

Her awards include the 2015 Midwest SPBGMA Bass Fiddle Player and Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year and 2016 Female Vocalist.  Her powerhouse vocals mixed with her tone and style on her 1967 Kay Upright bass provides a solid foundation for the band. Lori had a vision for this group and, in 2014, they began taking bluegrass in the Midwest by storm!

Lori is the founder and director for Lori King Productions. Her passion for bluegrass music shows on stage and off. 

Joe King

Guitar & Vocals

Joe began playing guitar as a young boy and was an original member of Bluegrass Addiction in 1991 when the group was formed. Joe is an accomplished guitar player, vocalist, and songwriter. Songs he’s written include “Soap Crick” and “Thinkin Bout You” which were featured in the independent films “A Lawyer Walks Into a Bar” and “Out Late” respectively.

His impeccable timing, rhythm, and stylish flatpicking on his Dan Tyminski Model Martin D-28 guitar have earned him many accolades from fans and musicians alike.  Joe was most currently named the 2020 SPBGMA Midwest and 2019 BMAI Guitar Player of the Year, in addition to several other awards and nominations over the years.  He is the 2016 Iowa State Fair Guitar Champion and in the Iowa Bluegrass Hall of Fame.

When Joe is not performing or traveling he gives acoustic instrument lessons. He enjoys his time on the road performing bluegrass and country music with the bands.

See Lori King and Junction 63 live on tour!

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