Well, you couldn’t expect a modern folk hero to come through Nashville without there being some kind of hook-up with country music.
Ladies and gentlemen, Joe the Plumber.
Joe the Plumber — the man forever made famous in presidential politics when he asked Barack Obama a tough question and was embraced by the John McCain campaign — has been on a multi-county campaign tour with Lou Ann Zelenik, the 6th District congressional candidate Joe the Plumber has endorsed.
But before he heads back home to Ohio on Sunday afternoon, Joe will appear at an event at a gathering of the National Association of Music Merchants in downtown Nashville.
The event is the Wanna Play Music Sunday, where NAMM welcomes students, parents and music lovers to attend a “Wanna Play” celebrity jam.
Joe the Plumber — that’s formally Joe Wurzelbacher of Holland, Ohio — said Friday he has been invited to “say a few words” at the event, which will feature former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, Aaron Tippin, John Anderson, Jonathan Cain of Journey and Louise Mandrell.
Proceeds from a Wanna Play CD will go to the Wanna Play Fund.
The Wanna Play Fund is a program to provide ways for people to learn to play music. It provides instruments to schools for re-establishing or expanding music programs and to children who might not be able to afford getting involved in music. Tippin and producer James Stroud have teamed for a CD release.
“It’s just getting children interested in music, more toward the inner city, a new avenue, bringing music back to the forefront. It’s real important,” Wurzelbacher said.
So naturally Wurzelbacher was asked if he might get into the music business, and he immediately begged off and said no.
“I want to take this notoriety and do all the good in the world I can,” he said. “I’m not looking to make myself more famous or nothing.”
But the questions kept coming and the answers kept coming.
“I’d be interested to know if I could sing or not,” Joe said. “There’s people out there that want to be famous, and then there’s people like me that don’t want to be famous.”
And he’s taking lessons.
“I am starting to take guitar lessons just because I like playing,” he said. “I can’t play a lick right now. I’m just getting into it. I own three guitars and barely know how to play ’em.”
But he insists his music-making is nothing serious.
“No, it’s just for fun,” he said. “It would be for my son and grandkids singing “Hole in the Bottom of the Sea.”‘