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Peter Parcek is a blues guitarist hailing from Boston. Parcek's unique "soul guitar" style blends the very best of blues, both ancient & modern. Parcek’s guitar work has been compared to Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton & Peter Green! “You’re as bad as Eric Clapton & I know Eric Clapton” remarked Buddy Guy.

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Rollin' with Zah Recorded Live at The Fallout Shelter, December 2023.
The band includes Peter Parcek - guitar, vocals; Joe Klompus - bass; Steve Chaggaris - drums

American Blues Scene Interview

Brant Buckely at American Blues Scene interviews Peter. "Peter Parcek’s incredibly soulful style weaves blues, rock, folk, and gypsy-jazz..." View the full interview here.

Mississippi Suitcase

Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven

Excited to announce that Peter has a new album Mississippi Suitcase released on September 4 on Lightnin’ Records. Recorded in Boston & Nashville it features eleven tracks of what he believes to be his best work to date. Produced by Grammy Award winner Ducky Carlisle (Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi). Musicians on the record include Spooner Oldham, Luther Dickinson, Mickey Raphael, Tom West, Marco Giovino, Dennis Crouch, Dominic Davis, Tim Carman, Marc Hickox & Ted Drozdowski.

Honored that Mississippi Suitcase has been nominated for 2021 Blues Music Award (BMA) for Blues Rock Album. Widely recognized as the highest honor bestowe d by the blues community, The Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Awards applaud the past year’s exceptional achievements in blues music recording, performance, and songwriting, as well as supporting the blues’ rich cultural traditions. The 42nd Annual Blues Music Awards will be presented as a virtual event on Sunday, June 6, 2021.

Thrilled to announce that "Mississippi Suitcase" has been nominated in 3 categories of the 2021 Independent Blues Awards - Blues Rock CD, Blues Rock Band & Blues Rock Song! Please vote here! Voting runs until August 31!

Premier Guitar has chosen Mississippi Suitcase as one of the best albums of 2020! "Mississippi Suitcase is elemental: a celebratory bonfire, radiating Parcek’s virtuosity, creativity, and musical intelligence...He is truly a master, and I love this album."

Peter Parcek has been nominated in the 2020 Boston Music Awards as "Blues Artist of the Year."  

Mike O’Cull at Rock and Blues Muse says “Parcek is tasteful, melodic, and spellbinding and takes us all to school. Every second of Mississippi Suitcase contains this same level of understated greatness and deserves a chance to be permanently installed in your musical consciousness. Peter Parcek has quietly mastered every nuance of the blues and will touch the innermost part of your being. Listen to this record daily for at least a year.”

Jim Hynes of Glide Magazine writes “Peter Parcek is one of the most criminally underrated blues guitarists despite having earned a BMA nomination ten years ago...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.”

Ted Drozdowski, senior editor for Premier Guitar and 1988 Keeping The Blues Alive award winner writes “Peter Parcek’s Mississippi Suitcase is elemental—a celebratory bonfire, radiating his virtuosity, creativity, and musical intelligence. It’s not simply his world- class and richly original guitar playing, which dances on an emotional high wire between transcendent invention and deep tradition, or his songwriting, which illuminates all the corners of our humanity, that makes him such an important and hauntingly expressive artist in today’s blues and roots scene. Or even the way his singing breathes with life and wisdom. There’s also his ability to reframe classic material, whether by Sonny Boy Williamson or Lou Reed, in way that’s respectful of history and yet resonant in the present. He can be wild and unpredictable, yet resolute as granite. And, like a bonfire, he burns, both on album and onstage. He is truly a master.”

Goldmine Magazine says "This one's a keeper, one of the best of the year."

Bman's Blues Report says "I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Mississippi Suitcase, from Peter Parcek and it may be his best yet... [full review]

Steve Banks of Blues Matters UK says "...it's just fantastic when the quality and wit of the lyrics and their delivery matches the extremely high quality of the instrumental accompaniment..Very highly recommended!"

Kevin Wildman interviews Peter in the September issue of Rock and Blues International.

Richard L'Hommedieu from Making a Scene says "Peter Parcek’s daring, incendiary and soulful style is a distinctive hybrid. He weaves rock, gypsy-jazz, country, folk, and blues– especially blues– into a tapestry of melody, harmony and daredevil solos that push those styles to their limits without sacrificing the warmth of his own personality."

A 5-Star Review from John Kereiff of The Rock Doctor: "A brilliant new album from a guitar player Buddy Guy calls “as bad as Eric Clapton”. Mississippi Suitcase...is a heady concoction, a tasteful and melodic exploration of the potent and timeless humanity of the blues. The songs tell a story that stretches from swamps and flatlands the Delta of the 30’s to today’s streets, of the pain and joy of life. Not bad for a guy from Boston...Joyous, sad and thought provoking at the same time, this is great blues."

Elmore Magazine - August 2020

Song Premiere. Get a first listen to “Beyond Here Lies Nothin" from Peter's upcoming album Mississippi Suitcase in the Elmore Magazine review.

AXS - Top 13 best blues guitarists - December 14, 2018

AXS names Peter Parcek one of top blues guitarists. "Parcek put out an album in 2017 called Everybody Wants to go to Heaven, and for many heaven is exactly where Parcek’s guitar work on the album takes them. Fuzzy and swampy on “World Keep on Turning,” understated and mournful on Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “See That My Grave is Kept Clean” and playful and teasing on the instrumental “Shiver,” Everybody… is a solid example of Parcek’s ample talent."

Premier Guitar Magazine

Thanks to Premier Guitar Magazine & Emile Menasche for the kind recent feature! Menasche writes: "Like all great blues records, Peter Parcek’s powerful new album Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven cuts close to the bone. Yet, from the opening track—a gut-punch rendition of Peter Green’s “World Keep on Turning”—Parcek takes us on a two-way journey. One direction is back to the deep emotion that defines the truest blues of every era; the other is forward into a modern sonic approach with which he breaks blues conventions without dishonoring them..." [more]

Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven

Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven

Peter's album "Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven" is officially launched October 27, 2017!

It is available on Amazon

"Peter Parcek: Earthy to Ethereal"
featured in Premier Guitar, February 2018

John Heidt writes in Vintage Guitar: "Parcek is that unique picker who calls to mind some older blues players, but is totally unique unto himself. He has great chops, a world-weary voice, and upon close listening, a completely different way of expressing American music. Check out 'Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven' for a highlight. Oh, yeah, Luther Dickinson guests on four cuts."

Another great Review:
- Jim Hynes for Making a Scene!