Somewhere hidden in the amongst a pile of trash bags a young child was discovered by Jeb Lee, a local homeless man who would often time scour the trash bins outside of Mall of America for cans and other supplies he could bring down to the local junkyard for money. This child, while strange and already sporting a goatee and holding a guitar, would come to be named Gypsy Joe after Jeb’s favorite wrestler. Growing up, Gypsy Joe Lee lived underneath a bridge with his father, where he would spend every waking moment writing music and making art from whatever material he would fine while foraging the trash cans with his father. He found that selling his art on the street and busking on street corners was a lot more profitable then selling cans so he began to busk from sun up to sun down, on working his way through Minneapolis and St. Paul. In the fall of 2012, his adoptive father, Jeb Lee, was frozen to death while sleeping on a park bench during one of the coldest winters Minnesota has ever experienced. Since then, Gypsy Joe Lee has made it a goal to scour every street corner of the United States to look for his mother, the woman who through him away when he was an infant. He hitches rides, travelling all around the United States busking for cash, and writing songs about the people he meets along the way. Gypsy Joe Lee never cared for any Grammy’s or accolades, only so that he could make some good music and one day find a home where he can lay his head.
In February 14th of 2020, Gypsy Joe Lee released his first album, Paradise Road, recorded in an abandoned warehouse, using a small gas generator for electricity, and using looted equipment he found in California after a forest fire burned a small music store to the ground.
Currently, Gypsy Joe Lee is working on a cover album of the songs that his adoptive father use to sing to him as a child, as well as, a second full length album he is recording by breaking into manufacturing plants that have closed due to the Covid-19 epidemic.