Joe is arguably the worlds’ foremost authority on nearly all aspects of the diatonic harmonica, and he is one of its most respected players and teachers. He IS the world’s most respected diatonic harp technician and customizer with his work directly affecting countless players and all harmonica manufacturers
His client list includes most of the players from the who’s who list of the harmonica elite. His harps are in the hands of notables from blues, country, rock, film, and even a former President.
Joe has taught and performed on 5 continents. He was awarded the “Harmonica Player of the Year in 2001 by the SPAH organization. Joe performed at the 2006 Country Music Hall of Fame, Medallion Ceremony for the induction of DeFord Bailey.
Documentaries that featured Mr. Filisko include: “Harmonica Summit,” Imagination is Limitless,” “In the Reeds,” “Tin Sandwich” and "Pocketful of Soul."
Described as the Johnny Appleseed of the harmonica, Joe has had a tremendous influence on the culture of the harmonica world over the last 20 years.