West Side Joe and the Men of Soul is R&B flavored rock. The band brings big grooves, punchy guitars, and sweet vocal harmonies. Their material draws from styles like country blues, pop soul, and garage rock. 

The core of the band is made up of three long-time pros - Joe Schicke on guitar and vocals, Taylor Tesler on bass and vocals, and Steve Amedee (of The Subdudes) on drums and vocals. Joe is a Memphis native who learned music playing on Beale Street with legends like Joe Turner, Reba Russell, James Cotton, Larry Lee, Earl the Pearl, and Billy Gibson. Inspired by classic blues, soul, rock, and folk, Joe writes memorable, powerful songs that speak to the heart.

Excelling in live performance and studio recording, West Side Joe is a force to be reckoned with in the Colorado music scene. With a top-shelf rhythm section in Taylor and Steve, and collaborators that add keys, horns, and additional singers to the mix, West Side Joe & The Men of Soul is a dynamic powerhouse of a band sure to make you have a good time. 

From The Colorado Playlist -We were the #1 Colorado album played in Colorado for the month of June 2021.


  • Blues, rock, R&B, and funk
  • Music similar to The Band, Los Lobos, Mavis Staples, and Tedeschi Trucks Band 

  • West Side Joe & The Men of Soul are pros at playing festival sets, multi-set club gigs, weddings, and backyard parties and house concerts.  

  • Available high-energy electric, or low-volume acoustic. 

  • Subdudes's Steve Amedee on drums
  • "West Side" Joe has shared stages with James Cotton, Big Joe Turner, Tower of Power, and Charlie Hunter
  • Keep On Climbin' features Cary Morin, Lionel Young, Al Chesis of the Delta Sonics, and Al Gamble of St. Paul & The Broken Bones
  • Horn sections and keyboards available upon request. 





Keep On Climbin' is nothing short of exceptional work.”

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The music video for “Keep on Climbin'” takes place in frontman Joe Schicke’s hometown of Fort Collins. A commentary on the reality of life in middle-class America, the song serves as an homage to a way of life that many can relate to.” - Mariah Hansen

303 Magazine