Joe Purdy

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Joe Purdy
Background information
OriginNorthwest Arkansas, United States
GenresFolk, folk rock, rock
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, musician
Instrumentsvoice, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, piano, banjo

Joe Purdy is an internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter who has released fourteen albums over the last fifteen years. American Folk marks Joe's first foray into acting.

The band[edit]

Joe Purdy's band members have included: Chris Seefried, Brian Wright, Willy C. Golden, Al Sgro, and Deacon.


Purdy's albums Paris in the Morning and You Can Tell Georgia have sold a combined 80,000 single downloads online worldwide.[citation needed] His catalog of music has sold over 800,000 single downloads worldwide.[1] A regular at The Hotel Café in Los Angeles, Purdy traveled to the UK with Tom McRae in 2006 as part of McRae's Hotel Cafe Tour.

Purdy's appearance at the Wireless Festival in Leeds led to a special request from The Who member Pete Townshend and his girlfriend Rachel Fuller to play with them at their acoustic In the Attic Series shows.

Purdy also began to affiliate with The Giving Tree Band starting in 2012, performing live shows in conjunction on a tour across America.


Purdy's released albums are Joe Purdy, Sessions from Motor Ave., Stompingrounds, Julie Blue, Only Four Seasons, You Can Tell Georgia, Paris In The Morning, Canyon Joe, Take My Blanket and Go, Last Clock On the Wall, 4th of July, This American, Eagle Rock Fire, Who Will Be Next? and American Folk. The first two were not initially released for public sale, but have been since.

You Can Tell Georgia was recorded outside London immediately following a European tour with Tom McRae. Paris in the Morning was recorded during a short visit to Paris a few months later. In July 2009, Purdy began touring with Steve Earle.


His song "Wash Away (Reprise)", from the Julie Blue album, was chosen by J.J. Abrams for the third episode of ABC's hit TV show Lost in its first season.[2]

Shortly after, the song "Suitcase" was featured in the seventh episode of Grey's Anatomy and "I Love the Rain" (also off Julie Blue) was featured in the eighth episode of ABC's TV show which led to "The City" (from Only Four Seasons) being included on the Grey's Anatomy Season One soundtrack which sold over 150,000 units.[citation needed] Additionally, Purdy landed three more songs in Grey's episodes, "Suitcase" (from Only Four Seasons), "Can't Get It Right Today" (from You Can Tell Georgia) and most recently "San Jose" (from Take My Blanket And Go).

His song "Rainy Day Lament" (And "Good Days" from Season 7, Episode 1), from Stompingrounds, was featured on House M.D.

The song "Mary May & Bobby" was playing at the Purity Ball during Tessa and Ryan's bathroom scene in episode 22 of ABC's (TV series) Suburgatory's second season.


Purdy's song "Mary" (off the album Julie Blue) was featured in the film The Secret Life of Bees. He has also had a song, "Miss Me", in the Drew Barrymore and Justin Long movie Going the Distance. Several of Purdy's songs are featured in the 2013 film Straight A's. Also, Purdy's song "Outlaws" was featured in the movie A Case of You.

Purdy played the lead role of Elliot in the feature film American Folk, which was released in the U.S. through Good Deed Entertainment on January 26, 2018.


Purdy's "Can't Get It Right Today" has been featured on commercial advertisements for the Kia Spectra.[3] The song is also used in many baseball games when the visiting team makes a call to the bullpen.

Purdy's "Wash Away (Reprise)" is currently featured in the Dawn Wildlife TV spot.



2001 Joe Purdy
  • Released: August 10, 2001
2002 Sessions from Motor Ave.
  • Released: June 15, 2002
2003 StompinGrounds
  • Released: June 30, 2003
2004 Julie Blue
  • Released: October 18, 2004
2006 Only Four Seasons
  • Released: April 19, 2006
2006 You Can Tell Georgia
  • Released: September 5, 2006
2006 Paris in the Morning
  • Released: December 16, 2006
2007 Canyon Joe
  • Released: March 22, 2007
2007 Take My Blanket and Go
  • Released: September 18, 2007
2009 Last Clock on the Wall
  • Released: March 17, 2009
2010 4th of July
  • Released: June 24, 2010
2010 This American
  • Released: December 4, 2010
2014 Eagle Rock Fire
  • Released: July 8, 2014
2016 Who Will Be Next?
  • Released: June 10, 2016
2018 American Folk
  • Released: January 26, 2018


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-07-09. Retrieved 2009-07-04.
  2. ^ Bahr, Jon (1 October 2005). "LOST AND FOUND-Joe Purdy". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  3. ^ YouTube - I just can't seem to get it right today

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