PK Dwyer is a songwriter, creative force, and blues busker extraordinaire. PK is also a living piece of music history, much of it connected to the Seattle area and Pacific Northwest, with the distinction of being recognized as the first to busk at the Pike Place Market in 1972 [forming and fronting the street bands Felix & the Freelicks and PK Dwyer & the Live Wires]. He is also the founder of the influential proto-punk band The Jitters and creator of the musical personas George Michael Jackson, Hollywood Dick Doll, and Pioneer Square Jim. In the last decade PK Dwyer has gone back to his roots as a full time busker -- preferring street corners and farmers markets to the bar scene and club circuit. PK writes and performs his own unique style of raucous acoustic roots & blues which has come to be known to his fans as Cosmic American Blues and Sidewalk Hipster Blues.
PK currently resides with his lovely wife and scruffy dog in a small waterfront town south of Seattle referred to by locals as Waterland. He is a year round busker and a regular performer at the Pike Place Market and Farmers Markets throughout the Puget Sound area. PK Dwyer also enjoys performing at a variety of the quirkier Arts and Music festivals during the summer months and the occasional indoor gig.
PK Dwyer and his music first started garnering attention in Seattle in the mid 1970's when folks took notice of PK and singing partner Donna Beck busking around Pioneer Square and regularly playing band breaks at any local bar that would have them. PK and Donna were soon known throughout the PNW for their original music and personal style with a strong following that extended from Vancouver, BC to Portland, Oregon. 1979 saw the rapid rise -- and 1980 the demise -- of PK Dwyer's ground breaking electric quintet The Jitters. At the time The Jitters were the critics darling and although PK defines the music as good old fashioned rock & roll, The Jitters are now considered cow punk ancestors and front runners of the alt-country movement.
PK spent the early years of the 1980's honing his street performing skills and immersing himself in the vaudeville element throughout Europe before taking his newfound ideas and energy to New York City. In NYC PK Dwyer created his performer alter-ego Hollywood Dick Doll and the acoustic cabaret known as the Hollywood Dick Doll Revue. Hollywood Dick Doll quickly became an integral -- and controversial -- part of the Fast Folk movement [an esteemed songwriter exchange spearheaded by the late Jack Hardy]. Folk legend Richie Havens was so impressed with the creativity and energy of the Revue he signed Hollywood Dick Doll to his label - Stormy Forest Productions - but the group disbanded before fully getting off the ground. The 1990's saw PK Dwyer drifting from coast to coast, experimenting with musical styles, and another alter-ego project: George Michael Jackson - King of Gonzo Folk - released by PopLlama Records.
In the year 2000 PK Dwyer found musical salvation when he was visited by the ghost of Jimmy Reed and inspired to begin what he now calls his Blues Odyssey. PK's journey back to the blues started with an electric trio, and briefly morphed into a quartet, but in 2002 PK was compelled to return to his musical first love: acoustic roots & blues. He has released a series of unique and highly regarded blues Cd's with his 2003 effort Blues Guy Now heralded as a modern blues masterpiece by Vintage Guitar magazine. 2005 was a year of accolades which included PK Dwyer being nominated for a Seattle Weekly Music Award in the Blues category and a generous grant award from Art Patch that enabled the recording and release of the lauded Healed .
PK Dwyer left the Seattle area in 2005 and spent significant time living in the Appalachian Mountains, New York City, and the Southwestern United States respectively. PK spent those years busking and soaking up the music and culture of each area before returning to the Pacific Northwest in 2012. In 2014 PK Dwyer proved good things come to those who busk when he was hired to open for Jeff Bridges & the Abiders and received a well deserved standing ovation for his dynamic performance. He continues to perform, tour, and record, playing out roughly 300 dates in the year.