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Pete Wilke

Album: Down From Montana
Song Clip: "Just To HelpThe Moment Pass
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MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/peterwilke   

From Pete's Perspective:

I wasn't born or raised in Montana. I probably won't die there either, unless I go pheasant hunting with Dick Cheney. But I did go to Flathead High School and I consider Kalispell to be home. There's been a lot of water under the bridge since 1966, the year I graduated. This album is my homage to Montana. Some of it comes directly out of experiences I've had there. Some of it doesn't. You can chalk the rest up to good ole fashioned lament, I suppose.

As for "Brown Grass Music":

When I called Paul Scholten of County Q Productions in Nashville, I told him I had an album I wanted to do (in what we know these days as) unplugged. He said that was great, that he loved cutting records that way, sort of like Oh Brother Where Art Thou?...I responded, well, let's just say I want to do the album unplugged. I've always thought of my favorite country music as being more along the lines of white trash blues, but I didn't especially want to reveal that to Paul at the time. So I sent him the work tape and he charted out the tunes for his hand-picked blue grass studio band to play on the album. When I arrived in Nashville and went into the studio, Paul told our sound engineer, Rob Matson, that we were going to spend the day cutting a brown grass album.

Okay. I can live with that. Maybe that's a little more flattering than white trash blues. Maybe it isn't. Either way, it's heartfelt and that's the point. Enjoy it. 

Also check out George Peden's review of Down From Montana.

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Fan Feedback:


Hey! Listened to Pete's stuff on his MySpace and I REALLY LIKE IT! I even added him to my friends because I really like the gentle, "unplugged" style of his music and vocals. Me being from the Golden State, or as I lovingly call it, the "Brown Grass" state, I thought it was funny that was his genre! That works! Very nice writing Pete! 

~ Rachel


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