Summer Scorcher Christmas Songs

Greetings Friends! I’m just back from a weekend zip trip to Charleston, South Carolina. Humid, warm, summer scorcher already in place. What a great spot with a charming downtown, fancy restaurants, expansive parks with Farmers Market activity, sidewalk music, and for us, a great outdoor concert. Dianne and the band sounded amazing and there’s nothing quite like her soulful vocals floating into the humid Savannah night, making their way up to the full moon.

Farmer's Market in downtown Charleston.

Farmer’s Market in downtown Charleston.

Soundcheck with Peter Martin and Reginal Veal.

Soundcheck with Peter Martin and Reginal Veal.

The view from where I sit.

The view from where I sit.

What a great setting for a concert! The whole seating area was shaded by trees.

What a great setting for a concert! The whole seating area was shaded by trees.

Today and into the week we’re thinking Christmas music as pianist Scott Wilkie and the band descend on SpragueLand. That’s how you do it if you want the CD to come out on time for Christmas. Big Fun embracing summer Yuletide classics…

Scott Wilkie and Peter at a Christmas concert last year.

Scott Wilkie and Peter at a Christmas concert last year.

To break up the daytime recording times I’ll be heading out into the world to lay it down LIVE. First up, on Tuesday night, I’m playing a free solo concert at the Rancho San Diego Library. It’s a great spot to hear music and I’ve got some new tunes worked out for the show — “Dream Walkin’”, “Voltar Para Casa”, and “In My Life”. Hope to see you…

From there, next up I’ll be close to home returning to my favorite Roxy Restaurant in Encinitas on Thursday night. It’s been a while and I miss the place. Looking forward to the cool “regulars” and the gigantic chef’s salad with tahini dressing. Killer blendo of all the right things…

photo by Thomas Westerlin

photo by Thomas Westerlin

On Friday night, the masterful Gilbert Castellanos and young bass man Mack Leighton will lay down the groove as I have the privilege of improvising some jazz lines, weaving and swerving, taking it all in. We’ll be at the Westgate Hotel with its ultra-intimate listening setting. Hope you can make it out…

Last on the music list for the week, vocalist Leonard Patton and I will play the gorgeous Solterra Winery on Sunday evening. Our new CD is almost complete, we’re just putting the final touches on the album design, and we can’t wait to let it launch into the world. In the meantime, we’ll launch some of the album music into the summer Leucadian night and hopefully into your ears while you take a few sips of the magic Solterra wine. Great combo of sounds and tastes and we hope to see you there…

Leonard and Peter photo by Thomas Westerlin

Leonard and Peter
photo by Thomas Westerlin

That’s the story for now and thanks a mil for reading along…all best, Peter

The Doppler Effect

Friends, here’s a short one ‘cuz life’s heading towards tornado alley. Warm air meeting cool, it’s all part of nature but it still packs a punch.

Here’s a good item of note, a couple weeks back I blocked out an afternoon and tuned up my guitar and performed to the microphone and video camera. The song this time was “Here, There, and Everywhere” with all of my added twists and turns. It came out pretty good and it lives happily ever after on YouTube, patiently waiting for folks like you to take it for a spin. Let me know…

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Up for this week we’ll be at Croce’s on Thursday night. The band is Leonard on vocals, Tripp on sax and flute, and me on guitar. I LOVE this combination and we’ve got killer tunes to launch and explore. Hope to see you there!

Peter, Leonard, and Tripp.

Peter, Leonard, and Tripp.

And next, Friday morning I jump on a plane headed for South Carolina to play a hit with Dianne Reeves and the band. I don’t think I’ve ever been there so that’ll be cool. But the reality is it’s a tight schedule and the real deal will be the concert on Saturday evening. Dianne’s voice is amazing and that’s the reason to travel all that way. Wish you could be there…

The one and only Dianne Reeves!

The one and only Dianne Reeves!

There it is for this week. I’m warming up the doppler radar machine to help predict the path where the life cyclone will lead. Spinning…

all best, Peter

Circulating the World!

Hey Everyone, it’s a learning tricking tunes cramfest going on over here today as TONIGHT I’m playing at the Blue Whale in LA. It’s vocalist Denise Donatelli’s gig and she’s got some great tunes but not ones that you can just cruise through. Geoffrey Keezer’s on piano along with Dave Robaire on bass and Walter Rodriguez on drums. As soon as I’m done with this gig email I’m going to hit the road.

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Last weeks solo guitar Beatle vid that I put out on YouTube has been having a fun time CIRCULATING the world. As of this moment 2,351 folks have taken it for a spin plus loads of folks have written in reporting that it’s a worthy ride. It was a joy to put together and has inspired me to continue on. Look for a new vid coming next week…

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Up for the rest of the week, on Thursday night I’m back at the Roxy stirring up the solo guitar exploration stew complete with Beatles, PS Tunes, jazz swingers, and Hendrix sound FX warps all as part of the MIX. Hope to see you there for the fun!

On Friday night I’ll be playing a show with pianist Danny Green and my brother Tripp on sax and flute. We’ll be at the La Jolla Community Center and we’ve got some cool tunes worked up. I think they have nice food and wine included with the entry fee. Big fun!

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For the last hit of the week Leonard and I will be at Solterra Winery in Leucadia, right down the road from my house, on Sunday night. Life is good around here and we’d love to share the north county beach atmosphere with you! We play at 7pm and we’ve had some really fun nights of music at this place. Check it out!

Leonard and Peter winning in Chula Vista! photo by Kevin Kinnear

photo by Kevin Kinnear

That’s it for now, the freeway beckons and the tires are anxious to start rolling…all best, Peter