Growing up in the mid-1960s, I was swept away by the British Invasion, the musical of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Pretty Things, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix (ironically an American who went to England and became a star), Stevie Winwood, and so on. The ironic part, of course, is that these musicians were inspired by Black artists such as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Smoky Robinson, Eddie Boyd, Sonny Boy Williamson I and II, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry and so many more. With the exception of Messrs. Robinson and Berry, few of those artists made the "pop" charts and most were working outside of music when the British enthusiasts started shouting their respect on 45s and Lps.
Though he did not record his debut as a bandleader until 2010, Peter had a built a solid reputation in clubs throughout New England and elsewhere. His 2011 EP, "Pledging My Time", is a tribute to Bob Dylan with three songs from the 1960s plus "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'", a blues Dylan recorded in 2009 with lyrics by Robert Hunter.
Now, Peter Parcek is working on a new recording, one that finds him in the company of Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars) and the legendary keyboard man Spooner Oldham. He is conducting an Indiegogo campaign to finance the finishing of the project. Check out his story and music at www.peterparcekband.com.
Here's the Indiegogo page: