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Motongator Joe headlines Sutliff Authority Labor Day fund raiser

SUTLIFF– Michigan resident and Nashville recording artist Motongator Joe will be appearing in Sutliff from 1 until 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, to headline the Sutliff Bridge Authority’s annual Labor Day weekend fundraiser.
The events support the preservation of the historic Sutliff Bridge.
Also appearing with Joe and his band, the Homewreckers, will be former Lisbon resident Jeff Nelson playing drums. In addition, the band will be appearing at Baxa’s Sutliff Store and Tavern this Friday, Aug. 29, from 8 p.m. until midnight, as well as at Cedar River Landing in Cedar Rapids on Saturday night, Aug. 30, from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m.
From a very young age, Joe honed his entertaining skills by touring and playing with many Grand Ole Opry and chart-topping country star bands, and has entertained crowds from 85,000 at festivals to just a few dozen at roadside venues.
The show is the same no matter where he plays. It’s full of great music, energy, and as Joe said, “beer-selling entertainment.”
His repertoire consists of outlaw country music, keeping the crowds engaged with hits by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams and many other well-known artists. Joe has also had some good recording success, along with vast touring experience surpassing many platinum selling recording artists’ longevity and experience. He has performed more than 273 shows in a year, establishing himself as one of the top touring independent artists in the country. Joe said he has “been everywhere at least twice, from the tip top of Canada’s Oil Sands to the bottom of Texas, hitting every honkytonk and juke joint along the way.”
Nelson, the Lisbon native, hooked up with Joe by a stroke of luck. Joe had a show in Dubuque a few years ago, and his drummer couldn’t make the trip. Joe found Jeff on a musician’s website, contacted him, and asked him if he could learn the material and be ready to go in two days. Jeff played the show and he and Joe, along with the rest of the band, became fast friends. Since that time, Jeff has traveled to South Dakota and Illinois to play with them, and has appeared with them at many Iowa venues as well.
As a solo artist, Joe now drives and maintains his own Eagle tour bus, and will be bringing it and the band to the area on Labor Day weekend to help support the Sutliff Bridge benefit.