Joe Beard (January 4, 1938, Ashland, Mississippi) is an American blues and rhythm & blues musician. He was surrounded by aspiring and veteran blues musicians. Matt "Guitar" Murphy and his brother Floyd Murphy were Beard's childhood buddies and the ones who initially got him started on guitar. Beard moved to Rochester, New York, in the mid-1950s and from time to time would visit one of his brothers in Chicago. He became enamored with the blues being played there and eventually sat in both with John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters.