The local PBS station here in Phoenix played Joe's Royal Albert Hall DVD during a pledge drive a couple of months ago. The announcer, who had obviously never heard of him before, referred to Joe as a child prodigy, a 20-year pro who had been on the scene since age 12, and a fresh new up and coming talent, practically all in the same breath. That shit drives me crazy.
I first heard of him through Walter Trout around 10 years ago. Joe's fans started coming onto Walters site and dissing Walter and it turned into a bit of a flame war. But Joe and Walter became firm friends and have played together a lot and Joe played on Walters 'Full Circle album'. I liked what I saw and of course opening for BB King and playing with Danny Gatton when you are 12 pretty well makes you a prodigy.
My only concern at the moment is burnout - He's playing a huge amount shows a year with himself and BCC. Theres at lease one solo album every year and 2 BCC in the last year. Theres the beautiful album he's made with Beth Hart. Hes laid downtracks on Don Airey, Leslie West and Derek Sherinian's solo albums and played on Lee Ritenours 6-string theory album. Its a shed load of work !!