Raised in the shadow of Billy Bob's, one of Texas's legendary honky tonks, Joel Thetford grew up in Fort Worth listening to the sounds of classic country radio and the wide variety of rock and roll, blues, and folk music that the Texas scene provided. His career as a bull-rider landed him eventually in Stephenville, where the Texas Country scene was booming. With acts like Gary Stewart, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Robert Earl Keen, making regular stops in town, those were Joel's earliest and strongest influences as he began writing songs.

Joel Thetford has become a fixture in the songwriting community, and has shared the stage with such acts as Shooter Jennings, Asleep At The Wheel, James McMurtry, Josh Morningstar, Hayley Thompson-King, The Alternate Roots, Barns Courtney, and many more. Joel has also appeared at the Heart Soul & Substance Festival, Sunaana Winter Music Festival, and AllRoads Music Festival. The Joel Thetford band includes Dan Capaldi (Drums), Ian Riley (Bass), Matt Robbins (Guitar), Nate Soul (Guitar), Joel Thetford (Guitar/Vocals).

Joel's debut album "Here I Go" was released in the summer of 2015. Joel's 2nd album "The Outer Bank" was recorded and produced by 2017 New England Music award winning producer of the year Jonathan Wyman at The Halo, and mastered by Grammy award winning Dave Collins in Los Angeles. Joel's 3rd album "Broken Things" recorded and produced by Jonathan Wyman and mastered by Grammy award winning Adam Ayan was released spring of 2018.