The blues styling of Denise Peachey's Gypsy Piano Blues has been said to liven up the Avenue in the November 2009 performance series
in the Bloomfield section of Pittsburgh. A proud native Pittsburgher,
Denise has released three CDs, appeared on the "Code Pearl" tribute CD
to Janis Joplin (of which the proceeds were donated to Hurricane
Katrina relief efforts), and has played for the Baltimore Jazz &
Blues Festival and the Federal Hill Jazz & Blues Fest with her
former band Gypsy & Crazy Moon. Peachey has received radio play on
Bzoo Homegrown Radio, Pitt Radio, Crossfire Radio, Fat Cat Radio and
Nette Radio and has also gotten airplay in Australia, France and
At the age of four, Denise learned began her studies in music and piano
with her mother, who had majored in music and was a music teacher at
the University of Indiana PA. Eventually, her mother became her music
and math teacher at the local Catholic school she attended -- something
she notes she wasn't particularly pleased with. Denise lists Elvis
Presley andThe Rolling Stones as some of her biggest inspirations.
One of Denise's most treasured memories of her life as a musician is
when she played for 5,000+ people with one of her earlier bands, Gypsy
&The Crazymoon, at the Baltimore Jazz and Blues Fest in 2002 for
the Federal Hill Blues Fest. One difficulty Denise mentions she faces
as a musician is not being able to drive due to a heart condition she
has had since she was a child, therefore needing people to drive her.
When she was growing up, doctors told her she most likely wouldn't live
to the age of 30 and wouldn't be able to have children. A testament to
the fact that miracles to occur is that Denise is now in her
mid-forties and has two children.
Over the years, Denise has played at roadhouses "in the middle nowhere"
with Gypsy & Crazymoon, showings for which large audiences always
showed. She has played for towns in Pennsylvania she didn't know
existed, for colleges such as State College and Leigh High Valley, and
has been played for Womens Radio in Nevada Live 365 and Blues &
Boogie Live 365 in rotation.