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don and sheryl's blues blog Review - 11/09/17

"Peter Parcek has long been one of our favorite bluesmen.  Now based out of New England, Peter got his start in the clubs of London in the Sixties, when blues-rock was just beginning to take root and spread “across the pond.”  It’s been seven years too long since his last album, the highly-acclaimed “Mathematics Of Love” from 2010.  He’s back with a new release, “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven,” on Lightnin’ Records.  Peter’s sound has always been rooted in not only contemporary blues, but the sounds of the Delta and masters of the history of the genre’ as well.  This collection touches on all his influences, with even a nod to the jug band sounds from the 1920’s and 1930’s.  He’s assembled a stellar group of backing musicians, including Luther Dickinson on guitar on four cuts, Muscle Shoals legend Spooner Oldham on keys, Willie Nelson’s go-to harp man, Mickey Raphael, and the McCrary Sisters on backing vocals, and several others..." [read full review]

Bill Copeland Music News - 11/07/17

Bill Copeland reviews Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven: "Peter Parcek’s latest CD Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven offers, among fine musicianship, many tasty nuggets of tone that create exciting sonic landscapes. Parcek immerses his listener into his own world of sound. Whether he’s playing slidy material, contrasting guitar parts, or interesting chord progressions, Parcek maintains a freshness, originality, and a high level of excitement in every meter... " [read full review]

reflections in blue blog - November 2017

"Peter Parcek had the good fortune to land in London, in the thick of the British blues explosion.  He had the honor of sitting in clubs and soaking up the work of Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jeff Beck and more.  Things were going well when fate stepped in.  He was sent back to the U.S., for lack of a work permit.  This would turn out to be the best thing that could possibly happen to him.  Back in Connecticut, he had the opportunity to witness great American blues artists in concert: Skip James, Muddy Waters, Albert King, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Albert Collins, Buddy Guy and more.  He would sit as close as possible in order to study their every move.  Some years later he was introduced to Buddy Guy.  In an awkward moment he picked up one of Buddy's guitars and began to play.  Guy's response was polite and direct... You’re as bad as Eric Clapton," Guy remarked. "And I know Eric Clapton."  The stage was set...." [read full review]

Midwest record Review - 11/04/17

Midwest Record reviews Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven: "Flat out real stuff for those that want their white boys with the blues to have it all on the ball. With a crew of nothing but hitters from top to bottom to insure quality, this guitar slinger goes deep into the belly of the beast offering up a must for those who demand it authentic. A wild ride that hasn't been rolling through these parts in years. "

Making a scene! Review

Jim Hynes reviews Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven for Making a Scene! "This is the hard blues.  It’s not that Peter Parcek plays hard constantly but it’s the feeling he evokes. He alternates dynamics but leaves vapors of Hendrix and The Cream in his wake.  He can play cleanly like 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.”  Yet, there’s a distinct sound and expressiveness to Parcek’s playing.  He has a singular sound, especially when electric, which is the prevailing mode here..." [read full review]

Top ten - The Alternate Root

"World Keeps Turning" Selected as one of TopTen Songs of the Week Wednesday November 1, 2017 by The Alternate Root.

2017 Boston Music Awards

Peter is nominated in the Blues category of the 2017 Boston Music Awards! Please vote at http://bostonmusicawards.com/vote/




Add one part Robert Plant's Band of Joy in-the-pocket rhythm section (with drummer Marco Giovino producing)... A touch of Muscle Shoals keys legend Spooner Oldham (who was seen most recently on stage with Neil Young during his surprise appearance at a small Boston area venue!)... And a healthy helping of the spirited McCrary Sisters backing vocals...

You get a taste of what's coming together on Peter Parcek's new record.

And it gets better. Additional guitar work comes courtesy of Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars (whose "World Boogie is Coming", the seventh studio record by these Americana music luminaries, was released on September 3rd, 2013). Harmonica ace Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson) blew up a storm on several tracks. Acoustic bass was courtesy of two stellar upright players: Dennis Crouch (Robert Plant's Band Of Joy, Diana Krall, and others) and Domenic John Davis (Jack White). To top it off, session whiz Russ Pahl added pedal steel to a couple of tracks. (You heard right: Pedal steel on a Peter Parcek record.)

The music on Peter Parcek's record is a new kind of creativity, sure, but it exists where American music has always existed: At the nexus of Blues, Folk, Country (Merle and Johnny's country, you know), and American curiosity. And like any good American tradition, it's not afraid to let it all blend together with the Blues as it's guide. - Brendan Hogan


Peter Parcek Live @ Smoken' Joe's 10/4/133


Review - Blues Blast Magazine October 3, 2013

Featured Live Blues Review - Roots n Blues BBQ Festival
by Terry Mullins

"He may not yet be a household name, but Boston’s Peter Parcek left no doubt that a guitar is a lethal instrument in his hands as he, bass player Joe Klompus and drummer Chris Anzalone practically set fire to the Shelter Insurance Stage Sunday afternoon. After witnessing the destruction firsthand, it’s easy to see why none other than Buddy Guy has been singing Parcek’s praises as a must-see guitarist."


Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival

We'll be heading to Columbia, MO in September to perform at the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival.

The incredible lineup includes The Black Crowes, John Hiatt and Mavis Staples among many talented others!

See you there? http://rootsnbluesnbbq.com/#artists


The Alternate Root Magazine Top 20

The Alternate Root Magazine has kindly honored PP & the band by selecting them as one of the Top 20 Bands in Boston Right Now.


Winner - 2013 New England Music Awards

Peter Parcek was was selected as Blues Act of the Year. Congrats!


2012 Boston Music Awards

Peter Parcek nominated for Blues Artist of the Year.



Peter Parcek named 2012 "Outstanding Guitar Player" in 15th Annual Readers Poll.


Thread on the Gear Page

Great thread of comments here on PP - http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?p=14707350