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
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
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
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.
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,
The Have Nots, Shattermat, Willie Mae, Tamara
Jerry Maniscalco, and Vann Hardin, as well
as the come back album for seventies legend
Robert Lester Folsom,
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
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
on his own label, Music for Monsters, in the
winter of 2019.
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.