Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
A talented guitarist and veteran of the rock bands Typsy Gypsy and The Pepper Club, Joel Barnett brought his substantial talents to bluegrass banjo in 2006. One of the founding members of The Grassifieds, Joel alternates between banjo and lead guitar while providing excellent lead vocals and "brother harmony" with Greg Barnett. He can sing all the parts, runs live sound, engineers the band's recordings, and plays almost anything with strings.
Joel is also an exceptional songwriter, with a talent for composing the music to match lyrics written by Jim or Greg. Jim says, "It's uncanny how often I can hand Joel a sheet of lyrics, and in a few days he hands me back a demo recording of a song - which sounds just like I heard it in my head!"