My Friend Joe

Austin wrote this song in honor of the great Joe Sun (1943-2019). The two were good friends and collaborators for many years. On Joe’s autobiography, I Can See The Sunshine Through The Rain, Austin has this to say:

Joe Sun was Honky Tonk royalty. His rhythm guitar was a keeper on every track, as it went down along with his vocal that would chill and captivate. A major poet on the country scene, Joe knew where he was and STAYED there, in the COUNTRY, proud and strong!

The recording, featuring instrumentals by Nilsen’s Southern Harmony, was produced in Oslo, Norway by Bjørn Nilsen.


“My Friend Joe”
words and music by
Austin Church

Churchman Music (BMI)
© 2020 All Rights Reserved

Released November 6, 2020
© 2020 Coastal Sounds


“My Friend Joe” is the lead track on the album A Tribute to Joe Sun, available at the music services listed on the left.

Click here to view a video of the song produced in 2021 by Bjørn Nilsen, with footage of Joe and Austin provided by Jimmy Jensen, Joe Hamaker and Christine Reilly.

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