Here Now With Motown’s Favorite Son!

Hi Folks, just back from a killer Indian food dinner hang and now I’m on the computer with Stevie Wonder filling the air waves. He’s singing “Superwoman” and it’s GOOD! “Where were you when I needed you last winter?” I’m not sure where I was then but I’m here now and totally digging Stevie’s vibe.

We had a fun show last week at 98 Bottles with Buzz and Tim playing up a storm. Tim sang some Credence and Led Zeppelin and blew our minds. What a voice!

The Six String Society at 98 Bottles with (left to right) Jonny Bowler, Buzz Campbell, Peter, Tim Walsh, and Leonard Patton. photo by Ken Seals

The Six String Society at 98 Bottles with (left to right) Jonny Bowler, Buzz Campbell, Peter, Tim Walsh, and Leonard Patton.
photo by Ken Seals

Good news on the Ocean In Your Eyes front as a glowing review just filtered in complete with two thumbs way up! More good news, I have a bunch of copies left for sale! Hah!

Click here to check out the review and click here to procure your very own copy of the CD.

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The gig plan for this week starts with a long drive to LA on Friday to join up with vocalist Allison Adams Tucker and the rest of the gang to play a night of great jazz at Vitello’s. Allison has a new recording called April In Paris and we’ll be using that as our touchstone for the music. I know it’ll sound great with the piano magic of Josh Nelson at the helm. Look below for the details and hope to see you there!

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I’ll be playing solo at the Roxy on Sunday night which turns out to be Father’s Day and it continues to be one of my favorite places. Great food with the downtown Encinitas ambience in the early parts of summer couldn’t be any better. Mix in live music and it’s a cinched deal. Join in!

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If you’re tuning your radio dial on Monday night (6/16/2014) hunt us down at KSDS Jazz 88 at 7:20pm and we’ll be sharing some tales and tunes leading up to our CD release concert at Jazz Live. Kevyn will be in the loop with me and I’m bringing my guitar. Call in and harass us if you please!

There it is and now Stevie’s got “Master Blaster Jammin’” on his mind. Motown’s favorite son getting down!

all best, P

Slingology 101!

Hanging Ten to you from SpragueLand! It was a neat morning with my daughter and I taking on the mini waves at Beacon’s. That’s a slice of fantastic living and the summer has just kicked in!

PS streaking at Beacons a few months back. Kylie and I were coming out of the ocean this morning and a friend in the parking lot said he had a photo of me surfing during one of the winter swells. It wasn't like this this morning but fun to see how good it can get! photo by Jeff Rose

PS streaking at Beacons a few months back. Kylie and I were coming out of the ocean this morning and a friend in the parking lot said he had a photo of me surfing during one of the winter swells. It wasn’t like this this morning but great to see how good it can get!
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We had a cool sneak visit with Kevin Hennessy and his wife Lisa who are now living in Columbia, Missouri. Kevin was THE man of the low end bass in our group for many years and for many recordings. Super fun catching up and I’m hoping the next time he’s out we can blend him into the sonic loop for a gig or two. Play on good man!

Sneek visit with Kev! From left to right, Peter, Stefanie Sprague, Kevin and his wife Lisa. photo by Kylie Sprague

Sneek visit with Kev! From left to right, Peter, Stefanie Sprague, Kevin and his wife Lisa.
photo by Kylie Sprague

I have two shows this week that both look like fun. First up is Friday night at 98 Bottles for an event called “The Six String Society” featuring guitarists Buzz Campbell, Tim Walsh and myself. We’ll each play some solo selections, share some stories about the life of the guitar slinger, and then, as the evening progresses bring in Leonard Patton on vocals and ending with all of us jamming out on Hendrix’s “Little Wing.” Both Tim, Buzz, and I come from different musical backgrounds so the night ought to have an interesting cross sonic pollination. Can’t wait!

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On Saturday night my Ocean In Your Eyes group is playing a show at the Seaside Center for Spiritual Living at an event called Stand By Attila Tota. This is a fundraiser and celebration of Attila Tota, who is a wonderful fellow unfortunately facing large medical bills due to an unusually aggressive skin cancer. We’re honored to be included in the nights music program and we’ll do our best to bring joy through our music. It’s open to the public so please come on out if you can.

Attila and his wife Lisa.

Attila and his wife Lisa.

There it is good folks and thanks for reading along. Hope to see you out there.
all the very best, Peter

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“Belief”
Kevyn and I are playing a gig together this week and this inspired me to listen to our 2008 release What is Enough? When I came to our rendition of John Mayer’s “Belief” this lead me to see what he’s up to on YouTube and I came across these cool videos of him at Berklee School of Music talking about his songwriting process. I loved it, love his composing and love hearing again our new way of playing “Belief”. The tune has a wonderful message and Kevyn sings up a storm.  Check it out!

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Greetings Good Folks, the summer surf is here, my daughter is back from school, life is full and good times are spinning all around. Here’s the rap…

The Cream music concert last week at the Encinitas Library was a true success on many levels! The music fully lifted off and for all of us oldsters it was a wonderful ride through the sonic space that Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker lived in for those wild years. For the young musos it was probably cool hanging out with the old pros to experience how they roll with it. The turnout was HUGE and enthusiastic and that made us all feel great. For those audience members it was a FREE show (thanks city of San Diego grant givers) and a full on community happening. Good vibes and inspiring music and we plan to do it again down the road.

Cream concert band photo with (left to right) Duncan, Seth, Jake, Tripp, Sahara, Leonard, Peter, Glen, and John Minchin. photo by Stef Sprague

Cream concert band photo with (left to right) Duncan, Seth, Jake, Tripp, Sahara, Leonard, Peter, Glen, and John Minchin.
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Up for this week, tomorrow (Thursday) night I make my return to The Roxy for a solo show. It’s been about a month since the last one and I’m stoked to make my way into the enlightened world of garbonzo beans, extremely large food portions, smoothies tagging along hard alcohol spritzers, devoted fans and intense listeners, non devoted fans talking right through the music, and me doing my thing with the guitar. It’s good all the way around and come and join in if you can…

Studying my fingers to make sure they're behaving!

Studying my fingers to make sure they’re behaving!

We’re bringing together the quintet with Tripp, Leonard, Gunnar, Duncan, and myself to play an inspired set on Sunday afternoon at the Shir Energy Music Festival. The event is being held at Tempel Solel in Cardiff and there will be multiple bands playing music, food, and art. Our set is at 12:45pm and look below for more details.

The quintet with Peter, Gunnar, Leonard, Tripp and Duncan.

The quintet with Peter, Gunnar, Leonard, Tripp and Duncan.

that’s it and keep on keeping on, Peter