In the early 1980's, Joe
Turner built a recording studio that is called "SouthStarr Sound
Studio". Where he recorded many Country, Gospel, and some Rock
groups. The studio is located in Starr, South Carolina.
Joe continued this until late 2000 when he decided to close
the studio to most of the public and started recording Steel Guitar
Play-Along Tracks, also know as soundtracks that he sells at the steel guitar conventions
where he plays steel.
The tracks consist of drum machine, keyboard
tracks and fills, lead and rhythm guitar, and bass.
Most people agree, the finished product has an almost "Live"
feel to it
Joe started playing electric lead guitar at the age of 13. He
played in church and in local country bands around the area. He was
always interested in steel guitar from an early age. Joe had an
uncle who lived with the family that loved steel guitar. His uncle
would buy steel guitar instrumental albums of artist such as Jerry Byrd, Don Helms, Jimmy Day, Lloyd Green, Buddy Emmons. So Joe was
exposed to a lot of great steel music. Joe and Don Helms have been
best friends for over 38 years and did a CD together in late 2005.
In 1973 he bought his first steel guitar. It was a single 12,
Speedy West Custom, built by Marlen (Leonard Stadler). He played it
for about a year and then bought a Cherokee Double 10 built by Clyde
Mattocks and Claro Daughety.
And played this guitar for about 12
In 1986 Joe rebuilt a single 12 Marlen that he is
It is tuned to what he calls an extended E9th. He
loved the lows that was found in this tuning and is still playing
basically the same tuning today. It has a lot of the C6th chords and
In the late 70's and 80's, Joe played in the staff band at a
place called the "Powdersville Opry House" just south of Greenville,
South Carolina There he backed up the locals, as well as
many Nashville acts, such as Nat Stuckey, OB McClinton, Bill
Phillips, Michael Twitty, Marty Haggard, and the list goes on. This
continued until the late 80's.
Joe is currently playing his old Marlen at steel guitar conventions all over
the country, and every 3 months at the Saluda Steel Show in Saluda,
South Carolina run by Charles Reece.