“Joe has a great stage presence and his music speaks to anyone who listens. Truly a great songwriter!”
— Christopher Snyder - TWP
Journalist, philanthropist, songwriter and Oklahoma enthusiast Joe Mack was born and raised in Lawton, attended college at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, lived and worked in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and most recently Tahlequah. With over 12 years of copywriting and copy editing skills under his belt, Mack’s ability to generate and populate a mass audience with engaging content has excelled in both print and digital platforms. In 2010, he founded WickedPickle Productions, a Tahlequah-based event planning and consulting firm servicing venues, clubs, festivals and private events across Oklahoma, Arkansas, Colorado and Texas. Always one to keep several irons in the fire, Mack is also a professional musician performing an average of 100 shows per year across the southern, central and southwest United States. Learn more at www.joemackmusic.com.
Oklahoma native Joe Mack has been performing and writing music for an overwhelming majority of his life, blending all his favorite genres of music into a style that is undeniably his own. When performing solo, he’s oft compared to Leo Kottke and Keller Williams for his orchestral approach to the six-string; when paired with other singer/songwriters in the round, the tones of David Rawlings and Jerry Garcia seemingly appear both instrumentally and vocally.
To date, Joe has been fortunate enough to fill concert halls, clubs, festivals and co-bills with the likes of Tim Reynolds, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Drew Emmitt & Vince Herman (of Leftover Salmon,) Hosty Duo, Travis Linville, Randy Crouch, Split Lip Rayfield, Umphrey's McGee, Carter Sampson, Elephant Revival, My-Tea Kind, Thomas Trapp, Sky Smeed, Turnpike Troubadours, and the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey.
Mack also serves the arts and entertainment community via print and online media, most recently serving as Editor-in-Chief for both Currentland Magazine (The Current) and Northwest Arkansas Entertainment Magazine (NWA Mag). “It’s the best way to stay connected to this (music) community that you could ever imagine,” Mack commented, “And it’s great to have another avenue to bring good news and great artists into other peoples’ lives.”
In addition to his busy full time journalism career, Mack is also a sought after collaborator, joining forces with fellow Okie musicians like Carter Sampson, Sky Smeed, Bill Erickson, Meandering Orange (alongside three of the four members formerly of My-Tea Kind; guitarist James Townsend, bassist Anna Paine and drummer Sarah Garde), The Macktet (a mashing of Tulsa instrumental jazz wizards The Movetet and Mack's zany catalog of creations, yielding heady results), The Skillbillies (a guitar-driven, progressive bluegrass band), and whoever else heeds the beckoned call.
Mack’s 2008 release, This Crazy World, features several songs which have received rotation on local NPR and college radio stations, including the swinging roots stomp “Thrift Store Shoes,” the mystic “Fortune Teller” (co-written with Dango Rose of Elephant Revival) and “Hillbilly Reggae Girl.”
The 2012 follow-up, Pieces, was initially tracked back in 2003-2004 and offers a stripped-down session of a young, firebrand rhythm guitarist/songwriter in the prime of his creative youth with the melody-centered grooves of “Running Back”, “Pieces”, “Ain’t Nunna Her I’m Gonna Miss”, “Planets” and more.
In 2016, Mack continues to record and write a new album, releasing the digital exclusive EDM version of “Ever Any Nothing”, which also donned a debut official music video shot, directed and edited by Corey Johnson. You can find all of Joe’s music at www.cdbaby.com and your favorite digital retailers.