Guitars Are People Too
'Guitars are people too' is Pete's second CD and was released in March 2006. This CD sees Pete embracing many subjects close to his heart. The songs are all beautifully written both lyrically and musically and show Pete growing in both song craftsmanship and technical ability. Pete was born in Peterborough, England in 1958 and still lives in the area. His interest in music was severely dampened by school music lessons 'I had the worst teacher in the world, sadistic and disinterested' recalls Pete. Then a classmate brought in an acoustic guitar and, once he'd had a taste of what could be done, he was hooked. Pete's brother John, had a few albums by Wishbone Ash, Yes and Black Sabbath but on hearing "Battle of Evermore", "Stairway to Heaven" and a live version of "Mistreated" on an old valve radio, he knew this was something he had to do. The passion and energy of bands like Led Zeppelin, The Who and Deep Purple got into his blood. Pete's parents bought him an electric guitar, John rigged it up to the aforementioned valve radio, and he was away. He soon had his mates round banging home brew bins and making, it has to be said, a bit of a racket. He began coming up with ideas and was convinced they were the most original thing ever. In reality, as you'd expect, Pete's early material was rather naive, but the thrill of a song 'coming together' soon became addictive and no amount of effort was too much. He soon had a well-loved collection of guitars, a tape recorder and a dream that, given the right conditions, a song he'd created would be known by all. At 18, Pete joined a well-established local band and over the years played in many more. He still works with Tim Lillingston, a very gifted drummer from the early days (he can tie his own shoe laces!) They wrote some interesting and original songs but were disillusioned by playing grotty pubs and clubs. 'It seems that some people are natural entertainers and love being in front of an audience, and I'm happy to accept I'm not one of them' he says. 'I have some very good memories and I gained a lot of experience but I was always far happier writing and recording'. Pete began listening more and more to acoustic rock like Jethro Tull, All About Eve, Mike Oldfield, and singer-songwriters like James Taylor and David Gates. Ian Anderson has also been a huge influence on Pete, both musically and lyrically. 'I love the feeling that nothing is too much trouble, so much going on'. Pete also greatly admires Steve Howe, Gordon Giltrap, Ritchie Blackmore, Mark Knopfler and Jan Akkerman, amongst many others. For Pete it was a dream come true when hard-disk multi-track recorders became affordable and he now spends much of his time in his studio (he has a very understanding partner!) Most of Pete's energy goes into creating the next song, learning new instruments, (mandolin, whistles, etc) and developing his mixing and production skills. The promotion stage is being undertaken by his partner Diane, in an attempt to develop his audience farther afield. Pete has a huge talent and his ability to paint a picture with words is incredible. He is able to convey such emotion and depth of feeling and many people have said how they can relate to what he is saying. He is fascinated by people and 'what makes them tick' and his observations show a great understanding of character'. Pete says 'I am amazed by the power of a song, it's ability to summon memories, evoke feelings and empathise'. This is very apparent in his songs. Pete also has a love of nature and the great outdoors and this provides inspiration for many of his songs. His 'day job' mainly involves monitoring river quality, which means a lot of driving, this gives him time to work on songs, and being out in the wilds of Northamptonshire seems to oil the wheels of creativity. Pete says 'I write about anything that causes powerful feelings from heartache to sailing, festivals to sunrises'. Pete has seen the music business from many angles. He's performed in front of audiences from 12 to 1200, crewed for some biggish names and some not so big, and spent many weeks in studios. He says 'I never wanted fame, but I do feel there is a market for my songs. The drive to record them was to promote my material to artists and publishers, which is still the case, but the response has been so good, I've also decided to promote my own recordings. The music business is notoriously hard to get into, but the internet opens up new and exciting possibilities'.