Joe Julian was born in 1928. He was a fine upright bass player. He won many awards for his skill in accompanying fiddler players at contests all over the state of Texas, including the one at East Texas University when Boyd won his first banjo trophy. There wasn’t a song he couldn’t play. Joe was always at Bill Grant’s Bluegrass festival and several of the Bois d’arc Bottom Boys were there during these years. They watched Joe take award after award in the contests. Joe lived in Paris, Texas, served as a police officer, and eventually died there.