Joe Babcock, known as “Cowboy Joe”, was born in the small town of North Loup, Nebraska
and developed a love for country western and cowboy music as a young boy. This love
continued through his high school and college years where he played guitar in various bands.
After a stint in the US Army, graduation from college, and two failed attempts at music in
Chicago and L.A., Joe’s prayers were answered when he was called on by Tompall Glaser to
come to Nashville where he sang with The Glaser Brothers and Marty Robbins.
However, after 6 years on the road Joe wrote a hit song called “I Washed My Hands In
Muddy Water” and decided to quit the road and do studio work. He co-formed a group called
The “Nashville Edition” and subsequently sang on 12,000 recorded songs with many of the
biggest stars of the day including Elvis Presley. They eventually sang on 184 number 1 songs
as well as scores of top 100 hits.
In 1968 the group joined the Hee Haw tv show as the vocal background group and also did
many solo spots on the nationally syndicated show. Cowboy Joe also sang with the Hee Haw
Gospel Quartet and the Hee Haw Cowboy Quartet, a group he created as a tribute to his
boyhood idols “The Sons of the Pioneers”.
Joe also formed his own family singing group “The Babcocks”, which included two beautiful
girls, his wife Carol and daughter Lorrie. They garnered 24 awards in the gospel field and also
appeared on the Hee Haw show.
However Cowboy Joe is now returning to his first love, that of western swing and cowboy
music. Having received several awards with his album “Trail Jazz”, he is now offering a new
project named “Swing Town”.
Along with working on his Tennessee ranch, Cowboy Joe continues writing, singing, and
picking with the goal to help preserve, restore and promote the beautiful art form of western
swing and cowboy music.
So let’s “Swing on Down to SwingTown” with Cowboy Joe and Trail Jazz, with brand new
songs in the tradition of Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys and all those other wonderful
pioneers of western swing, cowboy, and country western music.
“It’s The Music The Cowboys Dance To”.
Swing on Down to Swing Town
Nobody Ever Loved You Like I Do
The Worlds Saddest Song
Back in the Swing of Things
Why Did I Ever Leave My Happy Home
The Band Has Stopped Playing (And Were Still Trying to Dance)
I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water
The Lord Loves Western Swing
Road of No Return
Fried Chicken Mashed Potatoes And Sweet Milk Gravy
He’s Got a Way with the Women
You Make It Easy to Sin
Second Best Solution
If You See My Heart Today
Take Your Troubles All to Jesus
Swing Town Reprise