Joe Mack has been performing and writing music for an overwhelming
majority of his life; from his childhood in the Lutheran church to
growing up in Lawton to emerging himself into the hippie-infused
red-dirt music culture, Mack has salubriously blended all the facets of
his so-called life into a style that is undeniably his own. When
performing solo, he’s oft compared to Leo Kottke and Keller Williams for
his orchestral approach to the six-string; when paired with other
singer/songwriters in the round, the tones of David Rawlings and Jerry
Garcia seemingly appear both instrumentally and vocally. His brand new
album of older recorded works, Pieces, is set for release at the end of January 2012. For more information visit www.joemackmusic.com.
The round mound of sound has also shared bills and stages with some of the top talent from across the state and nation, including Ryan Adams, Tim Reynolds, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Drew Emmitt & Vince Herman (formerly of Leftover Salmon,) the Mike Hosty Duo, Travis Linville & The Burtschi Brothers, Randy Crouch, Split Lip Rayfield, Umphrey's McGee, Carter Sampson, Elephant Revival, My-Tea Kind, Speakeasy and the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey.
Mack also serves the arts and entertainment community via The Current, Northeast Oklahoma’s alternative news monthly, as the managing editor. “It’s the best way to stay connected to this (music) community that you could ever imagine,” Mack commented, “And it’s great to have another avenue to bring good news and great artists into other peoples’ lives.”
In addition to his busy full time journalism career, Mack is also a sought after collaborator, joining forces with fellow Okie musicians like Carter Sampson, Bill Erickson, and most notably Meandering Orange, a combined effort which features Mack on electric guitar alongside three of the four members formerly of My-Tea Kind; guitarist James Townsend, bassist Anna Paine and drummer Sarah Garde.
Mack’s 2008 release, This Crazy World, features several songs which have received rotation on local NPR and college radio stations, including the swinging roots stomp “Thrift Store Shoes,” the mystic “Fortune Teller” (co-written with Dango Rose of Elephant Revival) and “Hillbilly Reggae Girl.”
People that got Mack have later said:
“Mack plays a variety of instruments…guitar, bass guitar, cowbell, Gatorade bottle, beer bottle…anything on stage or anything anyone hands him.” – Ally Chrz, The Daily O’Collegian, 2004.
“Joe Mack’ll make ya – jump, jump!” – Brent Skarky, “OklaTravelNews”, 2008.
“He’s amazing – nobody else like him…” – Randy Crouch, legendary Oklahoma musician, 2007.
“If you haven’t heard this guy you’re missing an Oklahoma phenomenon that blows every mind that sees him play.” – Chris Becker, The Current, 2008.
“Ya’ll give it up for the right-hand Winfield championship guitar picker.” – Mike Hosty, Oklahoma musician, 2005.
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