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Who is Orville Peck? All About the Masked Singer

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Orville Peck Live in Studio A, 4.26.19 Photographer: Brian Gallagher Photo from Flickr

Since his splash on the music scene in 2017, Orville Peck has soared to the top of music charts and has become a fan favorite for many country music listeners. With his fringed masks hiding his identity and his crooner sound, Peck has become one of the most mysterious yet talented musicians to hit the country music scene.

Orville Peck’s songs like, “Dead of Night,” “Roses Are Falling,” and “The Curse of the Blackened Eye,” have graced the radio and the hearts of country music fans all over the world. With a sound and style so unique to the country music scene, Peck has taken the world by storm.

Want to learn more about the mystery surrounding Orville Peck? Read on to find out.

Who is Orville Peck?

Orville Peck is a country music star who hit the scene in 2017 and has not slowed down, other than the COVID shutdown, since. Amid his fourth music tour with his band, Orville Peck is an often sought-after artist.

Many of the details about this crooning artist have remained under his mask although he has mentioned being from somewhere in South Africa. In addition, it is also said that the country music artist played drums in a punk band in Canada. 

Other than the few details about where he is from and his inspirations growing up, he has been extremely tight-lipped about everything else. Some of his role models in the country music industry have been artists like Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, and Willie Nelson.

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Orville Peck. Photo by Simon Godley from Flickr.

What is Orville Peck’s Real Name?

Although there has been much speculation about Orville Peck’s real name, he has not confirmed any of them. Some people, through their sleuthing, believe him to be Daniel Pitout who was previously in the punk band, Nu Sensae.

Peck, however, has never admitted his true identity and has stated over and over that it is not what he is all about. It is the sincerity in his music that he wants people to know about him the most.

How Many Tattoos Does Orville Peck Have?

As if the face mask, glamorous outfits, and pseudo persona are not enough of a shock to the country music scene, Orville Peck also sports about 30 tattoos on his body. From cartoon characters and worms to skulls and snakes, he seems to have a wide variety of expressive tattoos.

Orville Peck’s tattoos, while widely talked about, are just the tip of the iceberg with this new generation of country music artists.

Why Does Orville Peck Wear a Mask?

In many interviews with the country artist, Orville Peck’s face has never been revealed, although many have asked. When asked about the reasons behind wearing the mask, he assures his fans that it is not a gimmick or that he is hiding.

He has stated on more than one occasion that the mask allows him to be more of himself than he would be without it. So, if you are looking forward to Orville Peck unmasked, I would not hold your breath.

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Orville Peck  Live in Studio A, 4.26.19 Photographer: Dan Tuozzoli. Photo from Flickr.

Is Orville Peck Gay?

With all of the other details about his identity being left to the trolls, Orville Peck has been open and honest about one thing. He has proudly stated that he is openly gay and has greatly benefited the LGBTQ+ community.

Even though country music has been known to be about mostly conservative artists and fans, Peck is not the first to try to shake things up. Many of his songs are focused on and inspired by past relationships and living experiences in the LGBTQ+ community.

Between his masks and his soulful singing ability, Orville Peck’s goal is to be a role model for those who are deemed “different.” 

What Are Some of His Most Popular Songs?

Many people are familiar with Orville Peck’s “Dead of Night” song that has hit the top of many charts. The same can be said about many of his other songs and albums.

Check out this list of some of his most popular songs:

  • Turn to Hate (2019)
  • Roses Are Falling (2019)
  • Drive Me, Crazy (2020)
  • Kalahari Down (2022)
  • Let Me Drown (2022)
  • C’mon Baby Cry (2022)
  • Bronco (2022)

Although this is not an exhaustive list, these are the songs that have been deemed some of Orville Peck’s most popular songs. Most people say that if you like the crooner sounds of Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison, then you will most likely enjoy listening to Orville Peck.

Orville Peck Tours

The masked country music singer, Orville Peck has been on several tours during the span of his career. One thing he enjoys the most is getting up on stage and entertaining his fans with his unique style and soulful voice.

Although some tours in his career had to be canceled due to the recent pandemic, he was able to bounce back with his Drive Me, Crazy tour in 2021. After a long time off from touring, Peck and his band were ready to hit the road. 

His 2022 tour, to promote his newest album, 2022, kicked off and is said to be quite the show and one that you may not want to miss.

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Orville Peck performing in 2019. Photo by Helge Brekke on Flickr.

Where Can You Buy Orville Peck Merch?

Like any phenomenal musician, there is always merchandise to be purchased by all of the adoring fans. Orville Peck is not different in that respect since you can find his merch almost anywhere you shop.

Although you can purchase Orville Peck merch at retailers such as Amazon, the official place to purchase it is on the official website of Orville Peck. From t-shirts and hats to keychains and beer koozies, there is not much that you cannot buy that has this masked artist on it. 

If you fancy yourself an uber fan of Orville Peck, you may want to spend a little more money on some of his more expensive items. For example, you can purchase an Orville Peck Bolo tie or even a ring with his picture on it. Both of these items you can purchase either in gold or silver.

Written by Hope Davis

Writer, because it's the only way daydreaming pays.

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