Joe Carr is an American country and roots musician, author, and professor originally from Denton, Texas. Self-taught, he began playing first folk music and later old-time and bluegrass music on guitar at age 13 and mandolin at age 15. After performing with local Texas bands Roanoke in the 1970s and Country Gazette in the 1970s and 80s, Carr formed a "Bob Wills style" Western swing band,Joe Carr & the Texas Lone Star Band, in 1987. Since 1984, he has been a professor in the commercial music program at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, and is the director of Camp Bluegrass at the college.
Carr is the author of numerous instructional books and videos for mandolin, western swing guitar, flat-picking guitar, banjo, and ukelele as well as coauthor (with former South Plains colleague Alan Munde) of the 1996 Prairie Nights to Neon Lights: The Story of Country Music in West Texas. He also cowrote and performed a two-man musical comedy play called Two Swell Guys from Texas with Munde. He is a frequent contributor to Flatpicking Guitar Magazine and Mandolin Magazine.
Joe Carr and Alan Munde. Prairie Nights to Neon Lights: The Story of Country Music in West Texas. (1996)