About Joe

Joe Arview

Joe was born on August 25, 1963. He married Dee in 1985. They have three children – all boys – Patrick, J.W., and Shannon. Raised in a musical family, Joe started playing country music at an early age. By fifteen, he was playing in clubs all around the southern Illinois area and had gained a reputation as a lead guitarist. However, in 1984, Joe dedicated his life to the Lord and gave the music to God. Since then, God has blessed Joe with talent as a singer and songwriter. His songs are intended to strengthen the American Christian family, and give hope to the nonbeliever. Joe arranges all his own projects; keeping his CDs fresh and alive from the first track to the last. As a singer, Joe’s rich baritone voice comes through with a country style that makes him not only an artist, but a musical stylist. Though he is currently a music evangelist, Joe feels that his experience pastoring two churches has given him compassion for the people of God and a heart for the ministry.

The Band originated in rural in Southern Illinois, where they learned to play and sing at a young age. Not only are most of them related, but they are also close friends. They are a family band in the sense that they are of strong moral character and hold to christian values passed on from generations before them. These values are present not only when they are performing, but before and after a show as well.  Thunder has preformed in a variety of venues such as the Illinois State Fair; the DuQuoin State Fair; the Troubadour Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee; Circle Cross Rodeo at the AgriCenter Showplace Arena in Memphis, Tennessee; “Conquering the Beast” Pro Bull Riding League in DuQuoin, Illinois; and NASCAR events at the Talladega Super Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Chicago Land Speedway, and Pocono Speedway; community festivals and of course churches.  Thunder is able to work with any sound and lighting company.  However, they also have their own equipment, which is able to accommodate crowds of up to three thousand people.

For booking information, please contact:

Joe Arview
Phone:  (618) 927-1986
E-mail:  rviewmusic@yahoo.com

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12 Responses to About Joe

  1. Scott Major says:

    Joe and Thunder,

    I’ve got to say that I was thoroughly impressed with the sound and presence of your group. God touched my heart and that of a friend that came along with me to hear you. As a musician and song writer I have been impressed and surprised at the choice of words, chording and lead that you have chosen for the songs that I have heard.

    If you haven’t heard these guys in person make it a point to go see them. They are top notch.

    God Bless you and your families as you serve Him,

    Scott Major

  2. Linda Olson says:

    Greetings in the name Of Jesus,
    Letting you know how I so enjoyed your singing and playing for the Lord at Decatur Il a few weeks ago. My friend and I were about to give it up for that night, since the school, and the church was not having the gospel sing, but we kept coming as her sister was sharing and giving us new directions to where the church was having all of you, and I am so glad we did…..It was a beautiful time in the Lord and I so enjoyed your band and the others. Loving the cd’s I bought and am greatful to have met all of you.
    Been praying for the bass player and that he will find complete healing and that the doctors will find no tumor….AMEN !
    Linda Olson

  3. Paul Scott says:

    Joe thank you for being a great friend and hello from Waine Worley down in Florida he wants you th know how much you made him and the people at his church happy that you came to his church and he also says he enjoyed being able to play music with you there a well he said to remind you if you didn’t remember hes the one with that old Fender guitar you liked in the old case.

    Thanks Joe and God bless you

  4. gatwood@stdom.com says:

    miss you guys.everyone said hello

  5. GLENDA ATWOOD says:

    hope everything is going well tell everyone hello .ehtan went to er he had fluid on his hip …but ok tell all we miss you guys love glenda

  6. j oe arview says:

    just wanted you to know how much karen and i injoyed you at the park in Middletown last
    sunday.. we know that you have such a full plate and appreciate tha could come. you have such a talent fro the lord and it really shows. we are praying that everything turns out all right as our whole church is you are a real inspiration to us all. just a side note Allen and i met when he was in higfhschool working at McDonalds and I was working a second job there and working for the stat e of ill. so we have been re aquainted when he and Anita came to us. we lovde thwem both very much as friends and as fellow christians.
    Please keep our chruch informed on how you you are karen and I would like tohave you website if you would e mail us
    our adfress is fkmyers@yahoo.com

    in gods love Fred @ karen Myers

  7. Isaac Jones says:

    hi Joe
    when you comming back to see me ? me and daddy will come get you at the airport just call your buddy Isaac Jones. hope you and Dee have a good thanksgiving . your friends in Pittsburgh Pa

  8. GLENN JONES says:

    Really enjoing the 4 cds. Joe you could have gone in the directiopn of the world and been a smash,but, I know there are a lot of people that have been and continues to be blessed by your talents.I THANK GOD FOR MEN LIKE JOE ARVIEW THAT TOOK A STAND FOR CHRIST AND USES THAT TALENT TO SERVE GOD AND CONTINUES TO BE A BLESSING TO ALLLLLLL WHO HEAR HIM SING.

  9. GLENDA ATWOOD says:


  10. Frred Fritz says:

    Joe i was at the Grace Center with ken and carla new years eve. and heard you for the first time, but it won’t be the last. I pastor the Rushville Church of the Nazarene in Rushville IL. Kens home town I’m the one who loves the Steel Gutiar remember, my question is, Do You have any of your songs as Tracks I sure would like to have some You are in my range, I think God has a great desciple in you. i hope we can get together and have you and the band at our church. see you soon i hope. Rev. Fred Fritz

  11. Debbie Aue says:

    Joe. I finally got here. you really have done well, Your voice is outstanding, Keep up the good work. I hope you come up north would like too see you in person. If you do come up north and sing, I’ll bring my mom. Love. your cousin Debbie Aue

  12. Steve & Cathy Markham says:

    Joe, I don’t know if you realize what an inspiration you are to others. We have been blessed through your being blessed with the ability to share your songs and message of a Great God! We look forward to seeing you each time you come to a location that we are able to attend. We pray for you and your ministry throughout our country. Hope to see you in April at Hopewell Baptist Church in Pana, IL. Lotsa Love sent your way…The Markhams- (Steve & Cathy & Family) P.S. Alyssa says to tell you hi for her. :-)

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