PETER PARCEK is ready for US summer festivals and events.  He is on tour in Mid-Atlantic & Northeast in October 2021.  We are accepting club dates for a run October 8th to 23rd.  Please contact Jim Nestor if we can put a date together in that span.  
Booking@bluzpik.com
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 TED DROZDOWSKI
 SENIOR EDITOR premier Guitar

I’ve sought refuge during the pandemic—mental deliverance and comfort food for the soul—in my roots. Blues has long been a source of the latter for me. And Mississippi Suitcase is elemental: a celebratory bonfire, radiating Parcek’s virtuosity, creativity, and musical intelligence.

Other CD Reviews:
Review by Jim Hynes in Glide

Peter Parcek is one of the most criminally underrated blues guitarists despite having earned a BMA nomination ten years ago. While folks like Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd get tons of ink, none of them have Parcek’s creativity, unpredictability, or his haunting, primal style. This writer calls Parcek’s brand “hard blues.”

If you’re new to him, you’ll hear it on Mississippi Suitcase. Here’s an excerpt from my review of his 2017 album Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven – “These are the hard blues. It’s not that Peter Parcek plays hard constantly but it’s the feeling he evokes. His alternating dynamics leave vapors of Hendrix and The Cream in his wake. He can play cleanly like [his hero, the late Peter Green], but prefers to shroud both his guitar sound and vocals with a haunting, voodoo shear. This is heavy stuff. So much so that Buddy Guy said “You’re as bad as Eric Clapton. And I know Eric Clapton.” That statement from Guy is more than telling, as Parcek’s sound on both the predecessor and this one recalls a similar feeling to Guy’s own North Mississippi Hill Country sound on Sweet Tea. Although, to be fair, Guy’s is hypnotic while Parcek here is wildly unleashed.

Peter Parcek · 3. Beyond Here Lies Nothin’
Parcek must also have impressed his guests Luther Dickinson, Spooner Oldham, and Mickey Raphael, all of whom return for this sizzling date. It reeks of more pain and turmoil than the last one as Parcek explains, “This album’s genesis is in profound personal and societal struggle. In recent years I’ve suffered an injury to my wrist and faced never playing again, and other personal challenges that shook me to the core. At the same time, the world has been in turmoil. All of that compelled me to reach as deeply within myself as I could to write about romance, sadness, struggle, and themes that are even, at times, apocalyptic, and to frame the songs I crafted and selected with arrangements and guitar sounds—at times deeply sweet and warm, at times granular and challenging—that helped breathe life into them”

His own opening “The World is Upside Down” is torn from today’s headlines, set to a propulsive groove and enflamed by grinding slide guitar and Hendrix-inspired solos—setting Parcek’s lyrics about existential chaos aflame. His take on Bob Dylan’s “Beyond Here Lies Nothing” is appropriately bittersweet, with his guitar painting atmospheric colors depicting the fragility of love. As he typically does, he nods to his time spent in London, with Green’s mystery-filled instrumental “The Supernatural.” When Peter Green cut the tune in 1967, as part of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Parcek was finding his way into the London blues scene, and the song has stuck with him ever since—although this is the first time he recorded it. It’s difficult to play but Parcek gives each note of the spare, beautiful melody room to breathe, his guitar soaring over clusters of perfectly controlled and tasteful feedback.

Parcek struggles with a broken heart on the funky “Mississippi Suitcase,” sparring with longtime collaborator, organist Tom West. He trades guitar lines with Luther Dickinson on New Orleans street singer Pleasant Joseph’s “Life is a One Way Ticket,” which also features harmonica legend Mickey Raphael blowing a mini hurricane, and gets downright filthy with Sonny Boy Williamson I’s slow burner “Until My Love Comes Down”— as guitarist “Scissorman” Ted Drozdowski duels with Parcek and West injects those swirling B3 fills as well as a killer solo. The leader turns Lou Reed’s “I’m Waiting for the Man” into a sonic, dizzying, psychedelic-blues excursion, with help from legendary Muscle Shoals organist Spooner Oldham.

Parcek is not shy about nodding to his influences, invoking Hendrix by attaching the parenthetical “Slight Return” to the epic incendiary title track. The oft-covered “Eleanor Rigby” takes on a psychedelic, other worldly instrumental sheen that becomes almost unrecognizable, save for reprises of its familiar chorus. Parcek’s core band of West, Carman and Hickox deliver two other soaring instrumentals – Frankie Lee Sims’ “She Likes To Boogie Real Low” and Parcek’s own closer “A Head Full of Ghosts,” emblematic of the slow burning “hard blues” ethereal sound he is known for.

The album was produced by Ducky Carlisle (Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi, William Bell) and Parcek, with additional production by frequent collaborator Marco Giovino, who produced the last one and drums on several tracks. Other musicians include some of Nashville’s best – bassists Dennis Crouch (Gregg Allman, Elvis Costello), Dominic Davis (Jack White) and Marc Hickox, and drummer Tim Carman.

Whether through his biting tone, sizzling chromatic runs, bent notes, or judicious use of effects his guitar alone is worth every minute of listening but add to that his weary, spooky voice and Parcek creates a singular sound unlike anyone else on today’s blues scene. His are the hard blues.  
Review by Jim Hynes in Glide

Other Reviews:

https://reader.exacteditions.com/issues/90749/spread/1

    Review by Mike O’Cull in Rock & Blues Muse

https://www.rockandbluesmuse.com/2020/08/31/review-mississippi-suitcase-peter-parcek/ 

https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/31208-best-albums-of-2020

 

Current Video of  Peter Parcek

R2-45 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JPR0BZ4B8E

 Mississippi Suitcase (Slight Return)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5H-46nmRbgo

 Ashes To Ashes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTojUpxzicc

 She Likes To Boogie Real Low  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mvturu4beoM

 Everybody Oughta Make A Change https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAa76tujODw

 Live @ Q Division 2020 (Unlisted) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyZ5HTMxy2A

 

 

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Peter Parcek - Story

BOSTON, MA — Peter Parcek’s new album Mississippi Suitcase is a visionary exploration of the potent and timeless humanity of the blues. Its 11 songs tell a story that resonates from the swamps and flatlands of the 1930s Delta to today’s streets, with the tone and tenor of his guitar speaking eloquently of the pain and joy of life, of the struggle for balance in the modern world, and of his own stunning virtuosity, which marks him as one of the truly great exemplars of blues guitar today.

 “This album’s genesis is in profound personal and societal struggle,” the Blues Music Award-nominated artist says. “In recent years I’ve suffered an injury to my wrist and faced never playing again, and other personal challenges that shook me to the core. At the same time, the world has been in turmoil. All of that compelled me to reach as deeply within myself as I could to write about romance, sadness, struggle, and themes that are even, at times, apocalyptic, and to frame the songs I crafted and selected with arrangements and guitar sounds—at times deeply sweet and warm, at times granular and challenging—that helped breathe life into them.”

 Parcek’s ability to embrace the deepest traditions of the genre while expanding its boundaries reverberates through his third album, which follows 2017’s Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven and his 2010 Blues Music Awards’ Best Debut Album-nominated The Mathematics of Love. Opener “The World is Upside Down” is torn from today’s headlines, set to a propulsive groove and enflamed by grinding slide guitar and Hendrix-inspired solos—setting Parcek’s lyrics about existential chaos aflame. His take on Bob Dylan’s “Beyond Here Lies Nothing” is lovely and bittersweet, with his guitar providing atmospheric colors for this portrait of the preciousness and fragility of love.

 This extraordinary guitarist revisits his own roots, and the classic blues songbook, with his version of Peter Green’s mystery-filled instrumental “The Supernatural.” When Green cut the tune in 1967, as part of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Parcek was finding his legs on the London blues scene, and the song has been part of his DNA ever since—although this is the first time he approached it. Parcek calls the epic tune “a musical mountain to climb,” and yet he ascends it artfully, giving each note of the spare, beautiful melody room to breathe, his guitar soaring over clouds of perfectly controlled and magnificently tasteful feedback.  

He struggles with a broken heart on the funky “Mississippi Suitcase,” sparring with organist Tom West. He trades guitar lines with North Mississippi All Stars’ Luther Dickinson on New Orleans street singer Pleasant Joseph’s “Life is a One Way Ticket,” which also features harmonica legend Mickey Raphael, and roils in the down ‘n” dirty blues of Sonny Boy Williamson I’s “Until My Love Comes Down”—with a taste of Cream’s influence in the mix. And Parcek turns Lou Reed’s “I’m Waiting for the Man” into a sonic, psychedelic-blues field day, with help from legendary Muscle Shoals organist Spooner Oldham. The album was produced by Ducky Carlisle (Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi, William Bell) and Parcek, with additional production by Marco Giovino, who also drums on several tracks. Other musicians include bassists Dennis Crouch (Gregg Allman, Elvis Costello), Dominic Davis (Jack White) and Marc Hickox, and drummer Tim Carman. 

Since his time on the scene in London, where he moved after graduating high school and received an up-close tutorial in six-string mastery by seeing Green, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck in the clubs where he also played, Parcek has been fueled primarily by blues, but has also ingested the rock, folk, gypsy-jazz and even country elements reflected in his playing. After returning to his hometown of Middletown, Connecticut, he immersed himself in the influence of Hendrix, Freddie, Albert and B.B. King, Skip James, Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy.  But he launched his career in full when he moved to Boston & had the opportunity to record & tour with historic blues pianist Pinetop Perkins.

 One night, during a backstage visit to Buddy Guy’s dressing room, the Chicago blues legend heard Parcek absent-mindedly playing a guitar that had been left lying around. Guy put his fingers to his lips to hush the conversation, and announced with delight, “You’re as bad as Eric Clapton. And I know Eric Clapton.”

 That’s the kind of reaction Parcek’s performances have been eliciting for decades now—from his days in the popular New England band Nine Below Zero, who took their name from a Sonny Boy Williamson II song, to his career as a bandleader and solo artist, which really took flight with the release of The Mathematics of Love. In addition to a Blues Music Award nomination, that album and his incendiary live playing have won Parcek the New England Music Awards’ Best Blues Artist title and Blues Audience Magazine’s readers’ poll for Best Guitarist. He has also been nominated in annual competitions by Blues Blast, Making a Scene and others.

 All images to be credited Margaret Lampert Photography

Discography

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Jim Hynes in Glide Magazine
"Whether through his biting tone, sizzling chromatic runs, bent notes or judicious use of effects his guitar alone is worth every minute of listening but add to that his weary, spooky voice & Parcek creates a singular sound unlike anyone else on today's blues scene. His are the hard blues."
www.glidemagazine.com/…/guitarist-singer-peter-parcek-retu…/


Mike O'Cull in Rock & Blues Muse
"Parcek is tasteful, melodic & spellbinding and takes us all to school. Every second of Mississippi Suitcase contains this same level of understated greatness & deserves a chance to be permanently installed in your musical consciousness. 
Peter Parcek has quietly mastered every nuance of the blues & will touch the innermost part of your being. "
www.rockandbluesmuse.com/…/review-mississippi-suitcase-pet…/

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Reflections in Blues Top Pick of 2017
Blues 411 Internet Radio #1 Album of 2017 
Rambles.net 25 Favorite Albums of 2017 
 Guitar Moderne Top Records of 2017

 In the wake of Everybody Wants to Get to Heaven, Premier Guitar’s Emile Menasché declared that Parcek “paints his blues in tonal colors ranging from earthy to ethereal, and puts his signature on the style using dazzling chromatic runs, elegant bent notes, grizzled and soaring tones and a variety of influences.” But that even in his wildest playing, the blues’ “emotional truth remains close.”

 

       Nominated by The Blues Foundation for the 2011 Blues Music Awards as "Best New Artist Debut." The nomination comes as the result of the overwhelming critical acclaim for his 2010 national album debut, "The Mathematics of Love."

In Guitar Player Magazine, Barry Cleveland wrote that “the killer tones, idiosyncratic phrasing, deft slide work and truly psychotropic effects” on The Mathematics of Love “bear witness to the guitarist’s own inner authenticity.”

 

 

 

Pledging My Time, a collection of Bob Dylan songs as interpreted by Peter, is a bona fide statement.
 

 

Video

The Mathematics Of Love

World Keep On Turning" Live @ The Bull Run 2019

She Likes To Boogie Real Low" Live @ The Bull Run 2019

 

Peter's You Tube Channel

 

peterparcekband.com 

 

Jim Nestor

954-588-5144

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