Little Joe McCarthy was born in Omaha, NE in 1966. As the youngest sibling of eight, he was exposed to a wide variety of music, from classic rock, to country, to blues.
Artists who strongly influenced Joe's musical style include: The Eagles, Neil Young, Bob Seger, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams Jr. and B.B. King.
In his early years as a musician, Joe played as a solo acoustic performer. This eventually led to his years with the McCarthy Brock Band, which he formed with long time friend and musician, Mike Brock. MBB played the Omaha classic rock scene scene in the late '80s and early '90s.
By the mid '90s, Joe went on to explore country music with several local Omaha country bands. In 1999, Joe teamed up with long-time friend and mentor, Ronnie Boy Brewer, to form a honky tonk country and blues band known as "Bad Habitz", eventually to become his current band "Little Joe and Big Trouble".
More recently, Joe has come full circle, playing as a solo performer around the midwest. When he is not playing shows, Joe is putting the final tracks on his first full length original blues CD, titled "Find Another Fool" which will be released in 2018.