Hometown: New York City, NY
Web site: http://www.PetePidgeon.com
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Pete Pidgeon's lyrics and “acute songwriting prowess”, as stated by Relix Magazine, speak openly of perseverance and overcoming struggle - reflections of true life experiences - designed to uplift the listener as much as Pete's own spirit. The Boston Metro writes, “Conviction, if not downright fervor, carries him far.” Former Jeff Buckley manager Jack Bookbinder agrees, and currently manages Pete after discovering his talent at the 2008 Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert in Manhattan, a performance Jack described as, “Amazing.” Jack feels “big things are in store” and recalls he was “struck by Pete’s jaw-dropping vocals and approach to artistry reminiscent of the Lower East Side's Cafe Sin-e-era scene.”
Monthly appearances at legendary Manhattan venues The Living Room, Arlene's Grocery and Rockwood Music Hall have proven Pete's appeal in the tough NYC market. Pete's “credibly original approach,” as stated by rock journalist Jesse Jarnow, has been touted by the Sony BMG and Tompkins Square labels, FOX Television, MTV, the Boston International Movie Festival and The Blue Man Group who hired Pete as a band member. Drummers Levon Helm (The Band), Nikki Glaspie (Beyoncé), Charles Haynes (Kanye West), Grammy-nominated Justin Foley (Killswitch Engage) and guitarist Nate Albert (Mighty Mighty Bosstones) have all recorded or played with Pete and as Doobie Brothers/ Vertical Horizon drummer Ed Toth once stated, “Overall, Pete, I think you have a lot of talent.”
Radio play on over 175 international stations, including a #3 college radio chart peak, a spot on WKZE's “Top 10 Indie Releases of The Year”, and U.S. tours from Los Angeles’s Hollywood Boulevard to Nashville’s Bluebird Café have given rise to record sales in North America, Europe and Asia as well as with online merchants iTunes and Amazon.
Pete's upcoming EP “Growing Pains” was recorded in June 2010 at the famed Sony Studios “A Room” in Nashville, with a rhythm section of bassist David Labruyere (John Mayer) and drummer Steve Brewster (Jewel). Grammy winning engineer Eric Gorman (Herbie Hancock) mixed it mid-September and the release event will be held at The Living Room in NYC on Saturday, October 9th.
Released earlier, in March 2010, “Growing Pains”’s predecessor “In the Name of Megan Smith” was lauded by Jambands.com: “Pidgeon’s singing chops have always set him apart from the pack ... on his latest album he displays a simply fearless mastery of feel-the-note-and-it-will-come vocals ... an album whose beauty and openness are almost enough to make you blush.” Recorded in New York City, at the suggestion of Gold Record recipient/ Modest Mouse producer Kyle “Slick” Johnson, the disc features Josh Groban/ Rachael Yamagata cellist Colette Alexander and Jazz at Lincoln Center pianist Adam Platt.
Pete's 2003 debut, “...At First Sight”, showcased Levon Helm on drums and mandolin and was celebrated by The Poughkeepsie Journal as “an excellently-produced collection that captures the intimacy and urgency of a live performance.”
The follow-up, 2005's “Happy Song EP”, featured Dave Matthews collaborator Sam Kininger on sax and was distributed for free to over 2000 fans.
2007 saw the release of “Doubt Is For Losers”, recorded at Radiohead producer Paul Kolderie's Camp Street Studios with Grammy-winner Adam Taylor, and featured John Scofield/ DAP Kings drummer Eric Kalb. Northeast Performer Magazine cherished the LP as “an example of genre-defining pop excellence.”
Giving back to the community, Pete volunteers with addiction-addled teens at the New York City-based organization Road Recovery. Pete, now sober, proclaims, “Coming from a similar background, it is enriching to contribute in ways that improve the mental and physical health of so many through the medicine of music.”
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