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Roy Peak

Roy Peak is an American punk rock, folk, and rock ‘n’ roll singer-songwriter. He is primarily a bassist but also sings and plays acoustic guitar during live performances.  Preferring old beat-to-death P-basses with flatwound strings tuned down a whole step, Roy's bass playing has been described as "orchestral and driving" and "Entwistle's style with Klaus Voormann's tone."

Peak grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, the oldest of four siblings. His father was a Marine and Roy was born on base at a military hospital. Before his mother passed away from cancer she bought him a Kay electric bass and he took lessons from a country guitar player by the name of Sonny Forest. After moving to Jacksonville, Florida, where he still resides, Peak became a bassist for hire with several bands. 

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Career 

Peak was instrumental in the North Florida original music scene in the early 1980s and ’90s, playing bass in more bands than he cares to remember for more years than he can remember, including Soul Guardians, Radio Berlin, 86 Love, Nerve Meter, The Problems, and several others. He was part of the crew that produced the series of Bubbapalooza concerts in North Florida during the 1990s, and worked as a soundtech at many local concerts for touring bands such as L7, the Dead Milkmen, Corrosion of Conformity, Don McLean, Frankie Valli, John Lee Hooker, and countless others. Roy has helped design and build sound systems and equipment for numerous area churches, clubs and local sound companies as well as for Lucas Arts Films and Ringling Bros. Circus. If you've played on stage in any North Florida club or church in the past twenty years you've probably used something Roy built.

In 2001, after working as an engineer in several recording studios, he opened up his own studio (Radical Recording) in a spare room in his suburban home. He engineered and produced albums by Lauren Fincham, Troy Lukkarila, Terry Whitehead, The Have Nots, Shattermat, Willie Mae, Tamara Colonna, Jerry Maniscalco, and Vann Hardin, as well as the come back album for seventies legend Robert Lester Folsom, titled Beautiful Nonsense.  

Around 2008 Peak began writing and playing his own material, mostly in an acoustic—but not necessarily laid back—format. In late 2014 he released his first solo album, All is Well, described as a “punkish folk-rock tromp through twelve songs about love, death, and birds,” which received praise from critics in America as well as Europe.  

He wrote the theme song for the Utica, New York radio show Get Off My Lawn which airs several times a week on WPNR, and is a frequent contributor to the show.

In 2016 he released a cover of the Gillian Welch classic song, “Look at Miss Ohio,” which was picked by the noted blog CoverMeSongs.com as one of the best cover songs released that year. 

He is geared up to release his second solo album, An Ever Darkening Sky, on his own label, Music for Monsters, in the summer of 2018. 

Peak currently plays bass with Xgeezer, Robert Lester Folsom, Mark Williams and Blue Horse, and fronts an acoustic-based folk-punk band called Elvis Kabong! when he’s not working in the studio or performing solo.

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Writing

He also writes music reviews and commentary for the U.K. based music blog The Rocking Magpie and for the King Tut Vintage Album and Cassette Museum of Jacksonville, a rather eclectic Facebook group. He also writes short stories and book reviews for Sacred Chickens, a literary site.

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 Discography

A selected discography can be found here.

 


Spiral Bound: L-R: Aron Mujumdar, Roy Peak, Robin Soergel. Photo by Debbie Peak.

 


Roy filmed this little video with his Spiral Bound partner, Robin, at someone's house
 

 

Video for "Christmas Time"
 

 

Robin Soergel of Spiral Bound covering Taylor Martin's "Love Red Moon"
 

 Video for "Okolona" with Kenmore dryer and circuit-bent Speak and Spell

 

More live videos can be found on the Spiral Bound page here.

 

 


Photo by Frank Allen Sr.

Roy Peak

Birth Name: Donald Roy Peak Jr. 

Genres: punk, folk, rock, acoustic folk punk 

Websites: www.roypeak.com, https://roypeak.bandcamp.com 

Years Active: 1983 to present 

Instruments: electric bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, drums, Speak and Spell 

Labels: Twelfth House Records, Music for Monsters 

Associated Acts: Soul Guardians, Radio Berlin, Mark Williams and Blue Horse, Robert Lester Folsom, Spiral Bound, The Trophy Husbands, Elvis Kabong!

 

 


Performing at the Riverside Arts Market with Spiral Bound. Beau Halton on drums.


Photo by Dori Whitehead.


Performing with Tamara Colonna at Suwannee Music Fest, 2010



Photo by Thommy Berlin


In the studio. Photo by Debbie Peak


Photo by Gary Becka.


Radio Berlin, 1994. L-R: Matt Morris, Tim Wester, Thommy Berlin, Roy Peak


Springing the Blues, 2013 with Linda Grenville. Photo by Frank Allen Sr.


Wedding gig, 2015. L-R: Roy Peak, Robin Soergel, Lauren Fincham, Sean Jones, Mark Williams, Mike Pearson.


Mark Williams and Blue Horse at the Riverside Arts Market. L-R: Chris Casey, Mark Williams, Roy Peak, Noel Millan on drums behind Mark. Photo by Gary Becka.