Peggy Day has been a musician her entire life, teaching herself piano and writing her first song at age 6. Peggy grew up on a ranch in Sacramento then moved to a logging town in the Sierras as a teenager. It was there in Feather Falls that she met and married logger Jimmy Day at age 17, giving her the name she has used on stage since she started performing in her early 20s. She recorded for the first time in Santa Cruz in her late 20s and has continued playing and writing music ever since. Peggy then moved to the Russian River area in the late 1980s. Peggy has worked as a make-up artist/stylist for television, film and photography for over 2 decades.
Over the last 20 years, Peggy has written more than 80 songs, delivering them in her own unique style she calls original Gypsy Rock. She creates this sound by melding influences from Middle Eastern, Latin, Rock and Blues Rhythms. Her band, now billed as "Peggy Day & the Knights", also features Skeer on fretless bass and vocals, Zoe Zenn on drums and vocals, and Joe "MountainDawg" Johnson on guitar, mandolin and vocals. Peggy's most recent CD, titled "Its About Love" is by Peggy Day & The Gypsy Knights, and was recorded at Dirt Road Studios by Mark Eads.
Peggy worked one year for rock promoter Chet Helms and played at his birthday party that year. Vince Welnick, former Grateful Dead keyboardist, played with her at the Highland Dell in Monte Rio once in the late ‘90s. She has also performed with artists such as Country Joe McDonald, Merle Saunders, songwriter Dewey Terry, Barbara Mauritz of Lamb, in addition to many more great musicians.
Some of Peggy’s past performances include fundraisers for Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey and Sonoma County Supervisor Mike Reilley as well as the Congresswoman’s birthday party. She has also played at Wavey Gravy’s Hog Farm in Laytonville, at local wineries such as Paradise Ridge, Kendall Jackson and Rodney Strong, as well as the Harmony Festival, the KGGV Strawberry Festival and the Los Altos Fall Festival. Local venues she’s performed at include the Bohemian Grove, Stumptown Brewery, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Sweetwater in Mill Valley, Mark West Lodge’s Hummingbird Gardens, the Ace in the Hole Pub, Trios, and the Rio Nido Roadhouse, among many others. Peggy has played live on the radio, including in BC Canada on Chly FM 101.7, and from the Performing Arts Center in Guerneville, on KGGV FM 95.1.
Peggy Day sees her music spanning generations, helping people think positively and feel better as they try to get through difficult times. Her goal now is to grow her audience and reach more listeners by playing larger venues and opening for well-known acts.
“I want the whole world to get the message: It’s all about love.”