Christened the Official Ambassador of Music for Macon, Georgia (home of the "southern sound"), award winning blind guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, radio and TV personality Joey Stuckey has recently been given the key to the city of his birth Green Cove Springs, Florida. A prestigious honor bestowed upon Stuckey by the Mayor and City Council. "It was such an honor to present a Proclamation and a 'Key to the City' to Mr. Stuckey at our February 2, 2010 Council Meeting," expressed Mayor Felecia Hampshire. "It was wonderful and delightful to have Mr. Stuckey share his love and talent for singing with us. We were favored with a wonderful rendition of the song Georgia. I believe that anyone who loves blues or jazz should take the time to visit the world's best fair in my opinion, and listen to the melodious sounds of Joey Stuckey - you will not be dissapointed!" As part of the celebration of Joey receiving the key to the city, his band will be performing at the Clay County Fair in Green Cove Springs on April 6th.
"When I first heard that I was being honored by the city of my birth, I was over come with a real sense of gratitude and of accomplishment," Joey humbly admits. "It isn't often that an artist's hard work is recognized by folks outside of the immediate family and or ones peers. To know that the city where I was born was proud of me, my work in music and in inspirational speaking about over coming adversity honestly made my year! Doctors have said that the most formative years of a child's life is from around three years old to about seven years old and that the person that you will be when all grown up is set in those years. Well, I lived in Green Cove Springs from my birth until about eight years old and what I learned in those years from my parents, neighbors and the citizens of Green Cove is to never give up. As my friend Jimmy Hall of Wet Willie says in his hit song, 'keep on smiling'. I am so proud to be as the city's proclamation calls me a 'Native Son of Green Cove' and I look forward to performing for the good folks of Clay County at the Clay County Fair."
Joey Stuckey is truly an inspiration to the City of Green Cove Springs and I wish he was closer so the people of the community could enjoy his music and be inspired by his positive attitude." John E. Buchanan, Green Cove Springs City Council
2010 has started off with a bang for recording artist Joey Stuckey, who recently accepted the new position of Professor of Music Tech at Mercer University in Georgia. He has received endorsements by AMPUPLUGNPLAY (mini guitar amps that perfectly meet the need of musicians that want to be able to hear their electric guitar without having to set up their stage rig) and PedalSnake (A special cable and patented wiring scheme allow PedalSnake to carry unbalanced audio, power, and digital signals together in one cable without noise or crosstalk.) Along with these recent honors, Stucky has been riding high on the release of his jazz and blues EP Ocean Side. As well as being recognized as an innovative guitarist, Stuckey is a songwriter, singer, composer, producer, radio and TV personality, music columnist, inspirational speaker, educator and sound engineer. Joey's guitar style is reminiscent of rocker Jeff Beck and a jazzier Wes Montgomery, while his vocal influences range from Mel Torme to Gregg Allman. He has also worked with the likes of Hughie Thomasson (from Lynyrd Skynard and the Outlaws), David Ragsdale (from Kansas and The Smashing Pumpkins), Randall Bramblett (from Traffic, Steve Winwood Band and Gregg Allman Band), Carol King and Ike Turner to name a few. He has recorded three critically acclaimed CDs - Take A Walk In The Shadows, Ironies, Pain and the Light That Guides, So Far, and is currently working on a new album slated for release in summer 2010.
"Joey Stuckey is a superb guitarist and talented recording artist that should serve as an inspiration to us all that we can accomplish anything!" - Marty David, Managing Member - AMPUPLUGNPLAY mini guitar amps
Stuckey lost his sight and sense of smell as an infant as the result of a brain tumor. Despite these limitations, he remained in mainstream education. Scholastically outstanding, Joey Stuckey graduated from high school at the age of 14. At the age of 17 he began his musical career by taking classical guitar lessons from noted music professor Terry Cantwell. Joey continued his musical education by studying with renowned jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan. As well as being featured in many national and international media publications, Joey has won several outstanding awards in music. "I am very honored to have been recognized for the hard work I have put in to my craft of music composing, recording and entertaining. I have won the jazz artist of the year almost every year since 2000, though Ben Tucker beat me one year and rightly so. I have also received the EA-TV lifetime achievement award for my work with internet radio and TV promoting indie artists, and even the Cotton Carrier Award from the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame, for my contribution to the music industry of GA. I also got the Ray Melton Music Man Award for my work supporting music in my home town of Macon. there are many more, but, these are some of the ones I am most proud of."
"Dude, you’re the greatest!" - Chuck Leavell (Keyboardist for the Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers and Eric Clapton)
Joey Stuckey and his band have opened for legendary artists like Ted Nugent, Bad Company, Trisha Yearwood, James Brown, Clarence Carter, Wet Willie, the B-52's, Kevin Kinney from Drivin' N Cryin, and Smashmouth. In his other roles as either producer, composer, music columnist, and sound engineer or hired musician, Stuckey has worked with musical greats like Hughie Thomasson (from Lynyrd Skynard and the Outlaws) "Huey Thomason from the Outlaws played on one track on my first CD Take A Walk In The Shadows," Joey relates. "What a great player he is, he is missed. I was the second engineer on his last album, Diablo Canyon and got to know him well then."
Stuckey has also worked with the likes of Jimmy Herring (from The Aquarium Rescue Unit, Frog Wing, The Allman Brothers Band, and The Others/Grateful Dead), Danny Seraphin (drummer from supergroup Chicago and currently with California Transit Authority-CTA), Hamp Swain (the Original King Bee), comedian Tim Wilson, Allen Vizzuti (from Chick Corea, Doc Severinson Orchestra, and Chuck Mangione), Doyle Dykes, Connie Haines (from Harry James and The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra), Chris Hillman (from the Byrds and Desert Rose Band), Jerry Peake (bassist for Steve Morse Band), Ben Tucker (Herbie Mann, Mel Torme), John Dunn (Earth, Wind, and Fire), Jimmy Hall (from Wet Willie, Hank Williams, Jr., and the Nighthawks), Charlie Daniels, George McCorkle (from Marshall Tucker Band), Razzy Bailey, Sammy Nestico (composer/arranger for Frank Sinatra and the Count Basie Orchestra).
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