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 American singer/songwriter who has released fourteen albums over the last fifteen years. In 2017, Purdy made his acting debut in American Folk.


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 of shows.

Purdy has also supported The Giving Tree Band starting in 2012, performing live shows and traveling with them on tours.

Purdy's band members have included Chris Seefried, Brian Wright, Willy C. Golden, Al Sgro, and Mike Freas.


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.

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 the ABC 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 the album Stompingrounds), was featured in the first episode of House M.D.'s 7th season.

The song "Mary May & Bobby" was also featured in an episode of Suburgatory.


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.



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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Bahr, Jon (1 October 2005). "LOST AND FOUND-Joe Purdy". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved 1 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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