'The Voice' Contestant Blind Joe Plans Local Shows

Heidi Harris
Staff Writer

Joe Bommersbach, or "Blind Joe" who gained fame when he joined Team Blake on NBC's "The Voice" this year, is planning three local shows next year.

Joe, a Kindred native who has been blind since birth, will perform at the Hideaway bar in Tower City on Sunday, Jan. 1 from 9 p.m. to midnight; at the Dazey Community Hall for a Dazey Fire Department fundraiser Sunday, Feb. 28 from 3-6 p.m.; and at the North Dakota Winter Show Saturday, March 5 at 6 p.m. He and Fargo band 32 Below will open for the headliner, which will be announced later.

Joe said the Dazey and Valley City shows, which are open to all ages, will be a "good old country throw down kind of time." Audience can expect to hear the songs he played on "The Voice" as well as singalongs and a couple of original tunes.

"There will be a lot of crowd participation," he said.

The Tower City show, a 21-and-older show, will be a "rowdy, redneck good old fashioned time. We tend to get a little bit rowdier when it's the bar crowd," Joe said.

All four coaches turned their chairs when Blind Joe sang "If It Hadn't Been for Love" on "The Voice" 2015 blind audition. Joe picked country superstar Blake Shelton to guide him until he lost in the knockout round.

"It's a dream come true to be able to work with one of your heroes," Joe told the Times-Record during a phone interview Thursday. "He has some really solid advice for me and he has a great sense of humor."

Read more about Joe, who inspired his love of music and his upcoming record in Friday's Times-Record.