high school, he loved the choir and music theory classes and was a
member of a Dixieland band. He began to tinker with the guitar and
piano. He found that he liked to write songs and was considered
In college, he studied art and continued his musical fixation. Robb Kunkel, a musician and record promotion man "discovered" him at the
Folklore Center. When big-time music industry people, weary of Los
Angeles earthquakes, fled to "Rocky Mountain High" Denver to start
Tumbleweed Records, it was Robb who found them a stately brick house
to serve as their office. He also brought several acts to the label.
Pete was soon signed and his Bill Szymczyk-produced LP "The Man Who
Ate the Plant" was released in 1973. Fame did not follow, but the
record attained a certain cult status.
A move to Hollywood led to work as a graphic artist and not to the pop
stardom that might have been possible in a parallel universe. But Pete
kept on writing. Years later, DJ and musician Todd Dillingham, who had
always appreciated Pete's album, came across Pete on the Internet and
let him know that he had been playing "Plant" for an international
audience on Web radio. That's when Pete got inspired to create his new
Today Pete lives happily with wife Diane in Venice, California.
grew up in Denver, Colorado and caught the then-rampant folk
music bug in junior high. After a brief affair with a cheap ukulele,
he was given a tenor banjo–a most unfolk-like instrument. He learned a
few things by hanging out at Harry Tuft's Folklore Center and
eventually gave performances at the concert hall there. But he was not really a folkie.
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