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On May 31, I was extremely pleased to play a return gig at the popular Alexandria watering hole, St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub.  With me were Jim Gormley on percussion and Matthew Leonard on bass.  We had a great time playing our mix of pop, country, R&B, and blues – featuring cool original tunes as well as fun covers.  The set included songs recorded by Keith Urban, Tina Turner, The Eagles, LaBelle, Garth Brooks, and Demi Lovato.


A few months ago I had the occasion to travel through Nashville on the way to visit family.  As I was passing through, I decided to take the opportunity to try to get in on the open mic at The Bluebird Cafe.  I’ve heard so much about it ever since I began songwriting.

I’m happy to report that I got there early enough to get in the door and to play.  It was a great experience!  It’s a cozy place, certainly, so you get to look your audience right in the eye.  Obviously, many of the people in attendance are performers and songwriters as well.  That fact, along with the marvelous MC job done by open mic host Barbara Cloyd, creates a welcoming atmosphere.  Better yet!  Because a few folks had left early (before their turn at the mic came), there was extra time.  So Barbara drew two names out of a hat for a second song.  Guess what?  I got to play twice, sharing two of my original tunes!  How cool is that?!

Here’s the craziest part of it all – for me.  You see, my parents were both from the Nashville area.  As a result, I spent almost every Xmas and a week or two every summer visiting thereabouts when I was a kid.  Our home base was always my grandmother’s house.  That house, as it turns out, is a stone’s throw from The Bluebird Cafe!  I kid you not!!  I used to go door-to-door caroling with my uncle’s boyscout troop through that neighborhood!  I used to help my grandmother shop at the grocery store down the street where now a Whole Foods is located.  My grandma is no longer there, and the house doesn’t even look the same.  Still, just being in that neighborhood brought so many memories flooding back.

Of course, all that doesn’t make me a better performer or songwriter.  Ha!  Even so, it sure as heck made my evening singing at The Bluebird Cafe one for reminiscing as well as one to remember.

This is going to be one awesome night of music!

Join Justin Trawick, Joe Peck, Jim Shirey, David Farah, Wes Tucker, Jason Masi, Nita Chawla, Jason Ager, and Joe Rathbone for a rousing evening of outstanding tunes.   Just $10 at the door.  Be there!

Founded in 2008 by singer/songwriter Justin Trawick, “The 9 Songwriter Series”is a touring live music event based in Washington, DC.  Each installment features nine solo singer/songwriters performing in rotation and often sitting in with each other -providing audiences with a rich, intimate, varied listening experience.

Here it is – the poster for my upcoming gig at St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub in the Delray neighborhood of Alexandria, VA.  This establishment is well-known and well-liked around the area because of it’s good food, good drinks and GOOD MUSIC.  I’ll be doing a mixed set of great popular tunes with some of my own original tunes woven in.  It’ll definitely be a fun evening, and there’s no cover!  With me will be Jim Gormley on percussion and Matthew Leonard on bass.  See you there!!

Branamir Lokner of Time Machine Music out of Belgrade, Serbia has given my debut album a review.  Below is the English text (translated by TMM).  You can read the original HERE.

Joe Peck is a singer / songwriter and performer from Washington DC. area, active some period on national scene circulation. He debuted with the full-length album, from this 2012 years, entitled “In The City Lights”. He has introduced with 9 equalizing authors tracks. done in a americana, alt. country mood, with clear pop pastiche, and soul and rock includings as well. Joe posses a fine vocal technique, and all of his tunes characterize a brilliant vocalization too. He is also a singer with emotional approach, and most of the present materials has something taken from the past era, and 70′s period as well. I can not compare him with any of well-known or better known artists, and his authors and performing views are original. Maybe his album didn’ t cover a so call hittish materials or one more or less “attractive” song, but generally, all of present themes posses a radio friendly usings. “In The City Lights” deserve a repeatable listenings, especially if you are a fan of mentioned genre’s variants.

Rating was a 7.5 out of 10.  Not too bad for my first album, I think!

Anyone who has visited this blog in the past year has heard (seen) me talk about my debut CD – Joe Peck: In The City Lights.

Well, it has taken several months longer than I anticipated.  But I think the wait was well worth it.  The CD is ready and available and – dare I say it – in release.  You can buy it using this link at CDBaby as an mp3 album.  Awesome!!

It’ll be available in disc form shortly – as soon as the mail gets them to Oregon.  Of course, you can always buy a disc at one of my shows.  And if you don’t dig CD Baby, the album will be up at myriad other retailers (iTunes, Amazon, etc.) soon. 

Here’s a little info about the CD –

Genres:  Americana Rock/Country Pop
In Brief:  This debut album is a meaty musical stew of rock, country, blues, folk and pop spiced liberally with outstanding vocals, unforgettable hooks, and alternately fun and deeply poignant lyrics.

Yes, that’s right – Electric Maid.  The Electric Maid Community Exchange in Takoma Park to be exact.

I got the chance to perform with host Frank Cassell (Banjo Man), comedian Philippe Shearer, and singer/songwriter Jim Shirey this past Thursday evening.  I recommend the venue because it’s a great little spot, they bring in some good entertainment, and they’re doing good things. 

While you’re busy finding the perfect gifts for your friends and family as part of the holiday celebrations, don’t forget to be good to yourself, too.  Take a sec or two, grab the beverage of your choice, sit down, and relax to a good tune.

And I’ve got just the tune for you to enjoy – free.  My song “In The City Lights (single)” is available via my website — — gratis.  This is a limited time offer and will end with the release of the imminent CD (titled Joe Peck: In The City Lights) which will be out in the New Year. 

If you’re wondering what kind of music we’re talking about here, I’d describe it as Americana-Rock-Pop.  Is it any good?  Well, my singles are being aired on radio stations in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Iceland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, Sweden and Switzerland.  Oh!  And on a station or two in the U.S.A., as well. 

“In The City Lights (single)” has even been nominated by listeners at Glasgow’s Radio Six for “Record Of The Year.”  If you’re a die-hard sample-before-you-buy consumer (although the song is free), you can listen to it at

Percussionist Gabin Assouramou, bassist Hess Muse and I had a great time playing at F & 8th Sts, NW as part of the music program for the Downtown Holiday Market in DC.  We spent 2 hours sharing a set of my original tunes along with some carefully selected covers.  We really got some great response, made some new friends, and generally had a good time making music together.  The market is a fun place to grab a gift or two and , of course, hear some nice live music.  Thanks to the DHM staff for making our experience such a good one – especially our sound tech Brad and Donna Fletcher.

Joined by excellent percussionist Gabin Assouramou and bassist Hess Muse, I’ll be sharing a set of my original tunes along with some carefully selected covers (including, of course, a few holiday classics) at the DC Downtown Holiday Market on Friday 12/16/11 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.    Come out, do some Xmas shopping, and enjoy the music.  The market is located at 8th & F Sts, NW on the south side of the National Portrait Gallery and just half a block away from the Verizon Center and Gallery Place metro station.  There are also plenty of places to grab lunch before swinging by or to stop for a nice warm beverage after.  It’s a very festive experience.  Make the market and the music part of your holiday plans.