East Texas band Captain Joe will bring their take on southern rock and roll and country to the stage Friday at Fat Jack's in Texarkana.

Captain Joe is made up of five family guys who love to play music and have a good time while doing it. Over the past few years, the band has designed their own style and arrangements of some of the most famous southern rock and country songs to ever be recorded. Captain Joe plays the favorites, like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker Band, Creedence Clearwater, Charlie Daniels, and of course, Hank Jr.

The Band gets its name from a pretty famous family ancestor.

Captain Josephus C. Tyson was born in Georgia in 1833. He was an early pioneer of Miller County, Ark., where he settled as a young man to become a prosperous farmer. In 1861, shortly after his marriage to Sarah “Sallie” Mays, Arkansas seceded from the Union and joined with the Confederate States of America. Joseph Tyson led a group of 73 local men across the state of Arkansas to southern Missouri, where they were sworn into the Confederacy.

There, on August 17, 1861, they were assigned as Company D of the 4th Arkansas Infantry, also known as the “Bright Star Rifles,” with Josephus Tyson elected as captain.

Captain Joe served his company during many battles and skirmishes, including the largest civil war engagement west of the Mississippi river known as the Battle of Pea Ridge. In a letter to Gen. D.H. Maury from Colonel McNair describing the battle, McNair states he observed many noble and brave men whose actions he had noted.

One man he observed was Captain Josephus C. Tyson who charged the enemy’s battery at the cannon's mouth and upon leading his men, fell severely wounded in both legs a few paces from the cannon. After two years of fighting, the fourth Arkansas infantry consolidated with other forces, where Captain Joe enlisted with Crawford’s First Arkansas Cavalry. There he was elected third lieutenant. After many more engagements, Captain Joe returned home at the end of the war to his family and farm near Bright Star, Ark. He spent the remainder of his life as a farmer, a father of five, and a dignified man of the community.

He was a member of the Olive Branch Masonic Lodge, a public notary, a state representative for Miller County from 1879 to 1883, and a Methodist minister. Josephus C. Tyson passed away February 20th of 1889 and was laid to rest in Sulphur Fork Cemetery in Miller County, Ark.