Blind Guitarist Joey Stuckey Receives Key To The City of His Birth
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. (www.claycountyfair.org)
"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.