Joe Dougherty began playing drums at age five. The son of Dan Dougherty, a well respected jazz drummer in the Washington DC area, and with two older brothers (also drummers) there was no avoiding drum fever. After moving to Los Angeles in 1983, Joe began what seems like a non-stop schedule of club gigs, sessions, and teaching. In 1986 he took to the road with country music legend Roger Miller. Playing “live” on the road felt right, and it’s been wall-to-wall airports and buses ever since.
Joe is currently playing with The Grass Roots. From 1989, Joe had stayed busy touring with The Mommas and The Poppas, John Bowser and Sha Na Na, Gary Morris, Gary Puckett, Michael Chain, and various jazz artists including Gregg Karukas and Shelby Flint.
Things show no sign of slowing down any time soon. But as Joe is quick to say, “That’s how I like it!”