Joe wrote from life, what happened to him personally and what he saw around him. Here's some examples of the Joe Tex story in song.
AIN'T I A MESS
Never lacking in confidence, before he even had a hit Joe used a 1960 song to tell his showstopping life story.
Joe was raised in Rogers, Texas by his grandmother, Mary Richardson, a debt he makes obvious in this heartfelt tribute.
Joe came up the hard way not the highway but still manages to get a laugh out of his schooldays in this funky track from Live and Lively.