AMERICANA/Alt.Country/Western Swing

The Big Joe Kinser Band

The Big Joe Kinser band, a Des Moines-based Americana/Western Swing band, plays uptempo twang all over Central & Southern Iowa.

Powered by acoustic & electric guitar, keys, bass & drums, they surround their Big-Joe-penned original songs with like-minded Western Swing, Honky Tonk, Outlaw, Alt Country, Bluegrass, Blues and a little Southern Rock, paying homage to old testament prophets like Bob Wills, Hank Sr, Waylon, Willie, Merle & Cash, as well as new testament disciples like the Mavericks, Dwight Yoakam, Asleep at the Wheel  & Lyle Lovett.

Big Joe - Lead & harmony vocals, acoustic & electric rhythm guitar, harmonica

Tom - Lead & harmony vocals, keys, trumpet, accordion

Dean - Drums, percussion, harmony vocals

Jeff - Bass, harmony vocals

Rick - Electric lead guitar, lap steel, harmony vocals

Sweetwater Town

Our new CD, available on the store page and at our shows

Coming soon to CD Baby, iTunes & everywhere!


1. Leaving for Good  Kinser/Strother:  If she's leaving for good, why does it feel so bad?

2. Jambayala Hank Williams Sr:  Classic Hank Sr and an uptempo take!

3. Sweetwater Town Kinser/Hughes:  A trip home and an unforgotten love.

4. Speeding Ticket Kinser:  Bluesy love in the fast lane.

5. Way Down Texas WayBilly Joe Shaver:  A smooth-vocaled trip down South.

6. Feel BadKinser:  "The simple things are always harder, and the hardest is goodbye."

7. Six Pack to Go Hart/Lowe/Thompson:  A bluesed-up take on a classic drinker.

8. Seventynine Kinser:  Old friends are always friends.

9. I Have Faith in You Kinser:  A beautiful ballad about grown-up kids and parents.

10. There Stands the Glass Hull/Shurtz/Greisham:  Agile lead vocals & rock-solid doo-wop harmonies for a fresh take on an old favorite.

11. Butter Cow Kinser:  Based on Pearl Jam's "Better Man," a tongue-in-cheek tale about one family's trip to the Iowa State Fair...gone bad.


Alt country & Western Swing