Joe Pernice Plays the Early Show at Mercury Lounge on 8/27

August 24th, 2011

Joe Pernice got his musical start as part of the Scud Mountain Boys in Massachusetts back in the early ’90s. After the band released three alt-country albums, the singer and his brother Bob worked on a pop-influenced single, and buoyed by its success the Pernice Brothers were born. Despite putting out several albums, Bob, a full-time scientist, wasn’t always available to tour. So Joe put together another group of musicians—including Laura Stein, who would later become his wife—and toured as Chappaquiddick Skyline. Eventually Joe’s interests turned more literary and he self-published a book of poetry before writing Meat Is Murder, a well-received novella about being a Smiths fan as a teen. A proper novel, It Feels So Good When I Stop, came next, but by all means the smooth-voiced Joe Pernice (above, playing “How Can I Compare” in studio for KEXP FM) is still a musician, and you can see him on Saturday at Mercury Lounge.