"Let the beauty you love be what you do. There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the earth."
-Jalal al-Din Rumi
Born and raised in Southeast Arkansas, Joe picked up guitar at the age of 13. His first memories of music are playing with his father in the
living room at the family home. Along with his brother Jack, they played a variety of folk and traditional music on family occasions. At 19 while
attending Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, Sundell began to play banjo and two years later formed his first band the Damn Bullets. After college Sundell moved to Austin, Texas where he released a total of five albums and was a founding member of Sad Daddy, the Austin Steamers, and the Show and Tellers. His music has been described as a combination of many different genres of American music, most notably Bluegrass, Western Swing, Dixieland Jazz, Country Blues, Folk, and Ragtime. He has done numerous tours both as a solo artist and with his various groups, going to both coasts of the United States as well as the United Kingdom and Europe. Sundell is now back in his adopted hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas gigging with his band Sad Daddy in and around the state.
"Residing in Austin, TX, Joe Sundell shoots right up my list of the great new crop of singer/songwriters purveying in the art of modern day minstrel's...Definitely someone to watch."
David Horton - Popa's Tunes
"Firmly rooted in Americana but drawing influence from an array of genres within; we get out and out country, a jazzy swing thing, a bit of blues and some rock n’roll."
Sean Tizzard - Sonic Breakfast
"Something like a force of nature...A whirling dervish of Bayou blues, and alt-country folk. His pace was phenomenal, and he drew us in immediately."
Jacob Ryan - No Country for New Nashville
"[Performs] a standout catalogue of Arkansas-bred, Americana sound, filled with broad strokes of ragtime, Texas swing, bluegrass, folk, rock ‘n’ roll and even a little blues and jazz...tapping into the restlessness of the human experience."
Shea Stewart - SYNC Weekly
“Timeless bluegrass and folk melodies with a hint of ragtime inspiration that will have you dancing and singing along within minutes.”
Jodi Nimmo - The Current
“Sundell is indeed worth his salt...you will find balanced, workmanlike musicianship that gets the job done and seems deceptively relaxed and simple.”
Joe Meazle - Rock Candy Blog/Arkansas Times
"I’d already heard Freight Train and Richland Woman Blues, so I was in the palm of his hand."
Josh Tucker - Root Hog Radio