“There are a lot of talented artists out there so sometimes it’s hard to tell them apart. That is not true with Joe Zelek. His music is definitely country, sprinkled with sounds of his native Appalachia. But, there’s also a bit of a “rock star” attitude that filters into his music, giving him a sound all his own.”
-Chuck Dauphin, Music News Nashville
Ohio Valley native Joe Zelek has spent the last decade chasing down songs from Rust Belt dive bars to the streets of Music City.His formative years in Mt. Pleasant, OH were filled with baseball, garage bands, dirt bikes and country music.
Joe has appeared main stage at Jamboree In The Hills in Morristown, OH for over a decade where his song paying tribute to the legendary event became an anthem. His music has been heard in numerous television shows including Duck Dynasty and The Wahlburgers in addition to high school football coverage in major markets ranging from Fox Sports West to Orlando, FL and Green Bay, WI.
Several of his singles have received extensive regional radio spins including the rowdy live show favorite “Brought To You By Drinking,” and “Who You Gonna Run To,” a song that went on to receive airplay across the nation as it landed near Top 40 on the country charts.
Before launching his solo career, Zelek toured and recorded as a drummer with Atlantic Records’ The Gathering Field out of Pittsburgh, PA.