moe. Guitarist Chuck Garvey Suffers a Stroke

by Samantha Whidden

moe. guitarist Chuck Garvey is reportedly in the hospital after he suffered from a stroke at his home this past Saturday (November 6th).

The bandmates of moe. took to Instagram to announce the unfortunate news about the guitarist. “We are sad to share that on early Saturday morning, Chuck suffered a stroke while at home. He is currently hospitalized and in stable condition. We remain hopeful for a full and speedy recovery. Please keep him in your hearts, thoughts, and prayers.”

The moe. bandmates also shared that they appreciate everyone’s concern, but are asking that everyone respects the privacy of Chuck’s friends and family at this time. “Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.”

moe. is an American jam band. The band was formed at the University of Buffalo in 1989. Its first album Fatboy makes it a “favorite” of the ’90s jam bands. The band toured with the Further Festival in 1997 Woodstock in 1999 and performed at the Bonnaroo Music Festival a total of five times (2002-2006 and 2009). The current band members are Rob Derhak (bass, vocals), Al Schnier (guitar, vocals, keyboard), Chuck Garvey (guitar, vocals), Vinnie Amico (drums), and Jim Loughlin (percussion).

moe. Bandmate Chuck Garvey Shares More Details About the Jam Band

During a May 2021 interview with Smoky Mountain News, Chuck Garvey and his moe. bandmates sat down to discuss the band’s growth throughout the years. “Yeah, it can be pretty magical sometimes. You strive for finding those magical moments. Where something brand new is happening or a connection is being made. Whether it’s between the musicians on stage or between the audience and the band.”

Garvey also said that the best part of what he likes about being in moe. Is that he communicates really well with the whole band. “[Where] everybody is spontaneously working on the same idea. It’s unconscious. [Where] we haven’t laid out the plan for it or talked about it. But it’s something everybody is extemporizing. And you’re getting something new.”

While chatting about the band’s long time run, the moe. the guitarist said, “It was fun just to look back on where we started and everything that’s happened in the last 30 years surrounding this lifestyle that we chose. The career that we have. So it’s definitely been interesting to talk about it.”

Garvey also said that he and his moe. bandmates have so many funny stories that they occasionally circle back and retell in order to remind themselves that they definitely had a “very rich life.” When asked what it meant to have the band still together after 30 years, Garvey answered, “That’s the family thing. And especially with the brotherhood [side of] things, it’s always been a lot deeper than [something like a] sports team.”