Namba Gear Featured Artist Joey Stuckey
Website: www. joeystucky.com
Favorite Music Software: Sonar, Sound Forge, Superior Drummer, and Kore B-4
Joey Stuckey is a blind musician with an insightful vision. Born in Green Cove Springs, Florida, Joey Stuckey is an award-winning blind guitarist, songwriter, singer, composer, producer, radio & TV personality, music columnist, educator, inspirational speaker, and sound engineer. Joey’s guitar style is reminiscent of rocker Jeff Beck and jazzer Wes Montgomery while his vocal influences range from Mel Torme to Gregg Allman—these influences have inspired an original sound that Stuckey calls “jazz infused rock with southern attitude”. 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 guitarists Stanley Jordan and Steve Crowell.
Stuckey is the owner and sound engineer of a recording facility Shadow Sound Studio which boasts vintage analog gear and state-of-the-art digital technology. He also owns and operates a 24-hour internet radio station, WTMT, where he promotes independent music of all genres. Joey has hosted numerous independent music programs on terrestrial radio in Macon, GA, and online with his popular show “Audio Style” and his tv-show “15 Minutes of Fame”. Stuckey has also been a featured music columnist for the webzines Artist Launch Mag and The Tub Magazine where he served as the assistant editor. He currently contributes columns to The Portal Magazine and in addition, he has been the adaptive technology correspondent for Dialogue Magazine which is a publication dedicated to the needs of the blind. Recently, Stuckey has taken on the role of music publisher and has a growing catalog of great songs in multiple genres. His publishing companies include Sociology Publishing (BMI) and Sign Wave Publishing (ASCAP).
TELL US ABOUT YOUR LATEST PROJECT?
As a producer that has a full schedule, I am doing a lot of cool projects right now, however, the big thing I am working on for March of 2015 is the release of my new single “ Blind Man Drivin’ “ I am a blind person and this is a fun tune. We are working on a fun video to go with the song and I will be doing a short tour of the UK, London to be precise centering around my talk and performance at the University of London for the VIML music conference being held there March of 2015. My single “Blind Man Drivin’ “Is the official theme song for the conference. And so the talk, release of the single and video will all be hitting about the same time. One of the reasons I had to get some Namba bags is for this trip, I new I would need it with all the places I had to get my gear to.
As I do a lot of location recording and performing as well, the family of Namba products are a major part of getting my gear where it needs to be easily and safely.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT YOUR NAMBA GEAR BAG?
Rugged construction, stylish and best of all designed with the musician in mind. Lots of pockets straps and ways to configure the product to what you need. So well made and a good price!
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE REMOTE RECORDING LOCATION?
I am always on the go, it is so great to have bags that meet my exact needs and are packed and ready to leave when I am, on a plane, in the van, on my back, just ready to get the job done. I love to record in old churches when on location. While in the UK in March of 2015 I plan to visit Stone Hinge and the Namba back pack will be there with my digital recorder, I hope to capture some of the ambiance of that space.