Joe is a Louisiana drummer specializing in New Orleans second line and funk rhythms. He was a member of Allen Toussaint’s band from 1984 to 1992 performing and touring domestically and internationally. Joe was also the drummer for the legendary Sea-Saint recording studio in New Orleans for over eight years. He has performed live/or in the studio with Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John, Bozz Scaggs, Rita Coolidge, Aaron Neville, Bob Hope, George Burns, Solomon Burke, Art Neville, Alvin Batiste, Paul Schaffer, Don Grolnick, Earl King, Ertha Kitt, The Drifters, The Coasters, and many others. He is a member of the American Federation of Musicians in Nashville (Local 257).
Joe wrote and published three drum method books with Roy Burns the renowned drummer, educator, clinician, and owner of Aquarian Drumheads. Burns and Farris owned Rhythmic Publications in Fullerton, CA from 1980 to 1996. The books Studio Funk Drumming, One Surface Learning and New Orleans Drumming were later published by Warner Brothers and are currently with Alfred Music.
As an endorser for Tama Drums, Sabian Cymbals, and Aquarian Drumheads he facilitated drum clinics and master classes in Los Angeles, New York, Boston (Berklee College of Music), New Orleans and other cities. He is currently an endorser/artist for Sonor Drums and Sabian Cymbals. He studied music at Southeastern Louisiana University which is the alma mater of the iconic jazz pianist Bill Evans. He assisted the Department of Music and Bill Evans in establishing the first “Bill Evans Jazz Festival” now in its 23rd season.
He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with over 27 years of experience working for international accounting firms and publicly traded companies. His experience includes providing tax compliance and advisory services to clients, international business development, and facilitating tax technical and technology trainings in the U.S. and India.