Peter Searcy describes his career as looking like a cardiograph read out, “it goes up, comes down, it flattens out, it goes back up. As long as it keeps going I’m good”. No doubt it has kept going. From his early years in the seminal punk band Squirrel Bait to the indie rock of Big Wheel and Starbilly to his prolific solo career, Peter Searcy has never stopped singing. Music scenes and formats might change but Searcy’s passion has remained a constant.
Trained as cellist and nurtured at a creative high school with other like-minded, independent artists (Louisville’s Brown School with classmates, Will Oldham, members of Slint and Freakwater) Peter’s path as a musician was set early on. Says Searcy of his influences, “my initial exposure to music was mostly the singer/songwriter, 70′s am radio stuff I’d hear riding in a car. That stuff still has a huge impact on me”. He adds, “when I started making my own musical choices as a teenager I gravitated towards the more melodic, aggressive music at the time. Stuff like Husker Du and The Replacements. I like to think that my solo stuff combines the best of what I grew up loving.”
Searcy’s music is filled with hooks and an honest, emotional resonance that speaks directly to listeners. It’s no wonder his songs have found their way in to numerous movies and television shows. His song “I Believe” was featured on Oprah and used for a campaign to launch the TV show “Lipstick Jungle”. Searcy has toured extensively in the states and abroad. He has shared the stage with wide array of diverse artists (Bob Dylan, John Hiatt, Bob Mould, Dido and many more). He also stays busy backing other artists on cello and electric bass and producing artists in his studio, Never Nervous Sounds. Searcy shares his 111 year old Victorian home in Louisville with his wife Layla and a menagerie of dogs and cats.