Joe Stevens is a singer/songwriter, guitar/banjoist, writer, activist, and a third of the folk-roots Americana group Coyote Grace. Born and raised in California, Joe continues the wandering tradition of the human diaspora, carrying on the family trade of music.
Coyote Grace began in 2004 as a nomadic duo busking at Seattle’s Pike’s Place Market, singing for their supper under the old clock. Many infinite miles and crumpled dollar bills later, Coyote Grace has grown to national prominence in the acoustic music scene with five albums released and touring with the Indigo Girls, Girlyman, and Melissa Ferrick, adding new dimensions to the definitions of “roots” and “tradition.”
Joe is a gypsy, a transman, a recovering addict, and an educator for songwriting and queer/trans issues, performing and presenting workshops at numerous colleges, universities, and events around the country. However, he feels his highest contribution is humanizing the underdog by practicing the art of living openly. His activism is rooted in raising awareness of many overlooked and misunderstood subcultures, their needs, and most importantly – their unique and irreplaceable contributions to the greater community.