AMERICANA/Alt.Country/Western Swing

The Big Joe Kinser Band

Dean started drumming on his mom's pots and pans at age 5. As a teenager he played around Western Iowa as part of the band "Infinity", then on to college marching band, jazz band & Northwest Celebration during time at Northwest Missouri State University. He co-founded and played in "That Band" until 2012.


Big Joe

Dean Schmitz


Tom Hofer

Jeff Olinger


Jeff started playing bass in 1969. He has formed and played in many bands around central Iowa, playing a variety of genres including classic rock & progressive rock. Jeff has recorded, mixed and co-produced two CDs of original music and brings a wide range of experience and influences to the Western sound of the band.



Big Joe started getting attention for his songwriting in 2006. He writes and plays from the heart with a sensibility honed by growing up in the rural Midwest and with a keen eye for the poetic in everyday life.  


Tom has played in hundreds of venues throughout the Midwest, Texas, Hawaii and Europe, and with such stellar entertainers as Ray Benson & Asleep at the Wheel, Hank Thompson, Mel Tillis, Boots Randolph and Dan Seals. Tom started playing professionally at age 12 in his dad's band, The Kenny Hofer Band. He has recorded and produced 14 albums.