Papa Joe is a singer/songwriter living in the small college town of Oxford, Ohio, about 25 miles north of Cincinnati. He didn't start playing in public until he was in his early 50's, and wrote his first song at age 55. Since then, he has written many songs, some serious and many just plain silly. He has a CD out called Open Mike, (Click on Albums). He also performs at various venues in the tri-state (Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana) area.

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Papa Joe has lately connected with Brad Monti, another singer/songwriter, to form a duet called The Elderly Brothers. We have been performing at various venues in the Ohio/Indiana area.

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"Papa Joe" Kretschmer was born exactly one week before Paul McCartney, June 11, 1942. Unlike many musicians, Papa Joe didn't begin performing until he was nearly fifty. He had played guitar as a hobby since his 20s, but recently learned to play banjo and harmonica to round out his musical performances. He began writing songs in his mid-fifties, and published his first songs as a part of the duo, the Ditch Lilies, with Mark Weierman. The duo broke up amicably in 2000, and since then Papa Joe has published his own CD, Open Mike, a compiliation of 24 songs, originally published as two CDs by the now-defunct Papa Joe is retired from his day job, so now he devotes his time to his family and his music, playing at local coffeehouses and festivals.

  • Member Since: 2003
  • Last Login: over 30 days ago


This Artist has 1 Album


John Walradt
over 30 days ago to Papa Joe

"I'm a Cow" and "How to Ruin a Dream" are a couple of terrific tunes. Oh, and how true! I wanted to be a mapmaker, a cartoonist, be a web designer, build computers, and I always wanted to write pop songs. Well, I saw the pattern, too. But I still love drawing cartoons and writing songs...and the fun of it and giving other people recognition for what they do is so much more important than anything else. Oh, yes, I saw "I'm a Cow" go to #1 on the Childrens chart and I cheered! It's one of my favorites. Best to you, Papa Joe!

J Nelson K
over 30 days ago to Papa Joe

Papa Joe, "1959" ... Raw & Real ... Thanks For Sharing That One ... Enjoyed It ... Best Wishes For Wherever Life And The Music May Lead You ... J Nelson K

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Papa Joe
over 30 days ago

Thanks for your kind words...I just wanted to leave a personal memory of a very special year for folks to enjoy.

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over 30 days ago to Papa Joe

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