In 2008 Jeny Akitt of the Twin Butte store got more involved with Hang 'Em High and Jeny and Joe together, founded "The Twin Butte Soul Festival" with, initially, Hang 'Em High as the sole (pun intended) musical entertainment. Since that time the Soul Festival has grown larger each year but after 2009 Hang 'Em High had run out of resources and were no longer involved.
In the fall of 2011 Joe, Johnny, and Steve decided to embark on a new and more ambitious venture. It was decided to procure and refurbish a Hammond organ and Leslie in Pincher creek, thus avoiding the huge expense of shipping them back and forth across the continent. Mike Barkwith, an electrical engineer and vacuum tube aficionado, set to work on the project with Joe. That is a story in itself. We will have to forego the gory details here! However, it was also decided to completely arrange and write a unique repertoire for this band….so that's what happened….with Joe and Johnny putting together all new arrangements and some original tunes as well. So after eighteen months of work The Cabbage Kings were born. Oh yes…. the name…. Well, while Johnny was working on some of the original tunes he wrote for the band he went through another of his weird phases. Suffice to say cabbage took centre stage in that particular phase and Joe and Johnny began referring to all the instrumental tunes he wrote as "the cabbage tunes".