On a dreary midweek night in the LES upstairs at Pianos, I witnessed a new act to the city in the form of Pete RG, a singer/songwriter from LA. Pete RG is not your typical “Singer/Songwriter” however, as his forty-five minute set proved to all in attendance. If I had to compare him to anybody, I’d say he’s Neil Diamond on steroids, but let’s nix that idea as Pete RG has his own thing going on, and it’s really great. With his intelligent but not stuffy lyrics, and a full band behind him, his songs were all well thought out and composed.
We may not know much about him here (yet), but he obviously has some west coast pull in recruiting Dave Krusen on the drums (Pearl Jam, Candlebox), and Candlebox bassist, Adam Kury to form one hell of a rhythm section. The live band filled out with Brina Kabler on the keys/vox and guitarist Noah Lebenzon who added masterful licks to everything. The sound the band formed as a whole was vibrant, deep, and incredibly tight.
Despite the extremely talented cast surrounding Pete RG, the focus was all on him as his energetic and enthusiastic style was infectious and noteworthy. His deep voice, tinged with the perfect amount of static, filled the room and silenced those previously talking during the opening band. You can hear and purchase some of the songs he played here, off the new EP – “Lightning Strikes,” which I am a fan of after listening to it once.
Pete RG is one to look out for, we heard he will be back in the fall, and we’ll be sure to catch up with him before he does to fill you all in! Until then you can check out his website, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
If you’re lucky enough to live near one of his upcoming tour dates, treat yourself and go check him out.
Upcoming tour dates:
3-26 North Star Bar, Philadelphia, PA TICKETS
3-27 7th Street Entry,Minneapolis, MN TICKETS
4-14 The Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL TICKETS
4-15 Melody Inn, Indianapolis, IN
4-16 Wilbert’s, Cleveland, OH
Article: Shayne Hanley