Began playing guitar at age 4 and studied classical guitar at Hart Conservatory of music from age 8-12. Joe was lead guitar for “Ike and Tina Turner” from 1974-1976. Recording and performance credits include Bill Withers (greatest hits album), Chaka Khan, Vickie Sue Robinson, Lauren Wood, Jesse Martin (“Law and Order”, “Rent”), Cheryl Ladd, Vince Gill and Amy Grant to name a few. Smokin’ Joe has performed all over the world from the “Superdome” in New Orleans, to “Carnegie hall” in New York City.
Played all guitars on a remake of Ike Turners hit record "Rocket 88" on Ike's "Here and Now" record, nominated for a Grammy. The original "Rocket 88" by "Ike Turner and the Kings of Rhythm" was recorded in 1951 and is considered by "Rolling Stone" rock historians as the first rock and roll recording.
Played guitar on “Ike Turners” Grammy winning record for “best traditional blues album” “Risin' with the Blues” in 2007.
Performed in the Aspen area for 21 years in house bands that include the St. Regis, Syzygy, and the Little Nell Hotel. Also performed in concert with pop artist Kenny Loggins, John Denver, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Buffet, The Temptations, and Francine Reed, as well as jazz greats Ernie Watts and Nelson Rangell. Chris has also taught band and choir in the Roaring Fork Valley schools over the past 15 years, and is the director of school programs for JAS Aspen as well as a current board member.
Began playing drums in 1965. Studied 3 years with John Roland (principle percussionist with the Buffalo Philharmonic), and Classical percussion (tympani) at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond Virginia. Chris moved west and taught skiing and rock climbing while performing in numerous bands over the years. He has performed with Jimmy Ibbotson (“Nitty Gritty Dirt Band”), Harry Allan (Tony Bennett’s Sax player), Shelley Clark (5-time national fiddle champ), Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd). Has recorded and performed with Smokin’ Joe and Chris Bank and many local and national artists over the last 18 years. His climbing photography has been internationally published.