Joe was born and raised in Livermore, California, where as most successful singer/songwriters do, he started playing guitar and writing songs early in life. By age sixteen, he had his first taste of live performance through his small hometown church, taking the stage to play one song. That moment set into motion what would become an absolute wildfire in his life.
Thirteen years later, after countless churches, bars, and coffee shops from L. A. to Nashville, Joe dropped out of the music scene for a time and thought he would never come back.
Joe found healing through marriage, fatherhood, and the strong music community found in Kansas City. With acoustic guitar in hand, he began writing songs again and formed a new band. The Ragged Few is proof that he is back and, as recent recordings indicate, roots music is the better for it.
Scott grew up in the Panhandle region of Texas. His mother started working with him at a very young age to teach him how to play the piano and sing. He began to formally study the violin at age five.
Since his mother started him out on piano and voice, Scott was able to take on the responsibility of doing worship leader work by the time he turned fifteen. The Guitar and bass were added during his college years. Scott has been playing music for anyone who would listen to him for as long as he can remember.
Over the years, Scott has played in numerous worship bands, original bands, and a few cover bands. The Ragged Few represents his first foray into the world of Folk and Americana music. Though his roots are in the Rock and Alternative genres, Scott is now happy to be giving his fiddle chops a serious workout.
When Roger isn't playing the upright bass in The Ragged Few, he's the stay-at-home father of three wonderful children. This career came after after two college degrees and time spent in the office world of architecture and engineering. Growing up with a dad in the Air Force, Roger had an opportunity to experience several areas of the country. He began learning the trumpet and was trained in both the classical and jazz styles. He switched to bass when his wife gave him a bass guitar as a wedding gift. Ten years later, he added the upright bass.
Prior to The Ragged Few, Roger played bass with the Kansas City folk darlings, “Oriole Post.” Before that band, he was in another Kansas City folk favorite, “Miller Howell.” He plays contemporary Christian music at Jacob's Well church and also also likes playing hand drums. He has a collection of Egyptian tablas as well as other Middle Eastern and African drums.
Lisa Mckenzie is a true Kansas City native. Her initial degree is in Music performance (and anthropology) from the University of Missouri KC. However, Lisa’s craft has taken her all over the world. She’s studied drumming and dance in Ghana, West Africa at the Dagbe Cultural Arts Center, and she let her passion take her across the globe to Ali Akbar school of music in San Rafael, California. Lisa is skilled on the drum set, African drums, tabla, and marimba. She’s also quite the washboard player. Proud of Kansas City's musical roots, she has kept her home local and has been a part of the traditional jazz/swing scene for many years. Cutting her teeth in touring acts and playing many styles in many venues throughout Kansas City, Lisa proves to be a stellar addition to The Ragged Few. She joined The Ragged Few in early 2017 and won’t hesitate to tell you that she’s loved every minute of it.
Born and raised in Iowa, Skinny started playing guitar at the age of 5 and soon began performing for audiences at country and bluegrass festivals in the style of Jerry Reed and David Grisman. At 14 he discovered rock music and began studying the guitar craftsmanship of artists like Joe Satriani, Guns N Roses, and AC/DC.
After graduating from High School he went on to study classical guitar and obtained a music degree. The next step was heading out on the road to tour with various bands throughout the US opening for and working with such acts a Foghat, Humble Pie, Rick Derringer, Black Oak Arkansas, Quiet Riot and many others. Skinny has also had a prolific recording career, producing over 25 albums by artists throughout the Midwest and playing on countless sessions.
Over the last 15 years Skinny has been heavily involved in bluegrass and roots music all over the Midwest. When he heard The Ragged Few and found out they needed a mandolinist he jumped at the chance.