Motongator Joe Markin' Territory 'He's the next Waylon Jennings'... CEO of International Airplay Nashville, Tennessee 'A heavey hitter on the request lines' ...Kit Donaldson One of Michigan's premier morning show radio personalities 'If you like David Allen Coe, John Prine, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash you'll love Motongator Joe!' Neil Merrick Project Engineer for Randy Travis, Sara Evans, Garth Brooks and George Jones Having already sold thousands of CD's and achieving radio play on over 1000 radio stations in the U.S. alone, Consolidated newsprint says 'Motongator Joe is nothing short of being a cult phenomenon that will surely compliment country music'. The success Motongator Joe has already realized has proven that the 'keep it simple' country style that he emanates is still alive and well...and well received. Many people in the country music business have commented that the 'old way' of making country music is gone....Joe says 'That's why I'm Markin' Territory'. Living well on his 120 acre ranch in Michigan, along with horses, Australian Shepards, an airplane hanger and a tour bus garage he simply states, 'It's workin' here.' 'Make hay while the sun shines' Joe's father always says. As the sun is shining bright for Motongator Joe, he doesn't need to raise beef cows on his ranch he just watches those little silver disks fly off the shelves... Born the only boy of five children Joseph Grinsteiner grew up on a beef farm in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, fondly known as the 'U. P.', which makes him a 'Yooper' by birth and proud of it. His father, Rich (Gator) Grinsteiner, did whatever it took to raise his family, let's leave it at that. His mother Sherrie, worked as a County Sheriff's Deputy. Joe's house was filled with the sounds of Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash, along with all of the other eight track cowboys. He began as a musician at age10 and music has never left his side. By the time Motongator Joe was sixteen years old, he had his own full time radio show and was well on his way as a business man. With many ventures including a syndicated radio program and several successful night clubs it was obvious that Joe knew the people, knew what they wanted and WOULD get it done. Even at his young age Joe succeeded at all he did. In 1993 Motongator Joe decided to turn the reigns of his lucrative night club business over, to have the ability to perform on the other side of the bar. Being from Michigan and touring the Midwest for the last 10 years has had it's advantages when it comes to developing a large, strong following for this 'in your face' country artist. He is the first country music artist from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to secure a nationally released cut on country radio ('She's Got My Heart' slated for January 17th, 2004 on CDX). 'Motongator Joe contributes to country music but does not cater to it.'...Greenbay's Entertainer Magazine Feeling that the public had been cheated out of their basic country music rights......in 1996 Joe formed the 'Motongator Movement'. Over 6000 people annually respond to Joe's vision by hauling campers out to the largest ALL Country Music Festival in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, The Motongator Country Music Festival. This vision grows every year and has brought radio, television and newspapers together, along with major sponsors such as Ford, Polaris, Fox Television and Time Warner, just to name a few. They all continue to endorse Joe by supporting his latest endeavor...... Markin' Territory.
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