About Pete Pidgeon and Arcoda
Appearing on the first-round 2017 Grammy Awards ballot in seven categories, nationally-touring recording artist Pete Pidgeon’s “credibly original approach,” as praised by Rolling Stone contributor Jesse Jarnow, is rooted in multi-stylistic stories of perseverance and rejuvenation – reflections of Pete’s true-life experiences. Pete’s progressive Americana songwriting combines the complex harmonic structures of Joni Mitchell, feel-good R&B undercurrents of Bill Withers, spiritual ambiance of classic Yes, melodic accessibility, and deeply poignant lyrics. He can flexibly play American roots one night and neo-soul the next, delivering diversity with authenticity.
Pete’s new LP, ”All the Little Things,” features an all-star lineup of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and 3-time Grammy Award Winner Levon Helm (The Band, Bob Dylan), 3-time Grammy Winner Justin Guip (Hot Tuna, Levon Helm Band), Grammy Nominee Catherine Popper (Jack White, Grace Potter, Ryan Adams), and Glenn Patscha (Sheryl Crow, Marc Cohn) with cameos by 2-time Grammy Winner Erik Lawrence (Aretha Franklin), 2018 Grammy Winner Chris Pandolfi (Infamous Stringdusters), Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce), and Leah Concialdi (Nathaniel Rateliff). The 15-song, self-produced, Americana album was engineered by Gold Record recipient Chris Bittner (Coheed & Cambria) at The Band bassist Rick Danko’s former residence of Applehead Studios in Woodstock, NY. The Denver Album Launch Party featured Jennifer Hartswick & Natalie Cressman of the Trey Anastasio Band and frequent Anders Osborne guitarist Peter Stelling. The album’s lead single – the horn-heavy “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You (feat. Levon Helm)” – has been officially added at the fastest-growing AAA Non-Comm radio station in the US, 105.5 FM “The Colorado Sound.” FM stations KUVO, KRRR, and KRFC, are additionally spinning the second single, the emotive “The Ways We Change.”
Living in Topanga Canyon in Los Angeles County, Pete has been very active in the area music scene. Pete Pidgeon & Arcoda were on the We Are LA Festival bill at the 27K-seat StubHub Center soccer stadium directly supporting actor Kevin Costner & Modern West and directly following Emmy Award-Winning, Top 10, Gold Record Artist Rachel Platten. Two days later, the band, including Tony Braunagel (2-time Grammy Award-Winner with Bonnie Raitt), Jeff Paris (Grammy-Winner with Keb’ Mo’), and Jesse Money (daughter of, and singer with, Eddie Money), was invited by Jimmy Kimmel Co-Executive Producer Doug DeLuca to perform at Malibu Rocks Hollywood at Lucky Strike Live. Pete has performed two years at the Malibu Guitar Festival including the closing set in a band with Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty, Eric Clapton) and Alex Ligertwood (Santana), a moving tribute to Chris Cornell the day of his passing prior to Robby Krieger of The Doors, in a duo with Supertramp/ Crowded House guitarist Mark Hart, and as a guest lead guitarist with The Band Steele. Pete performs regularly at Casa Escobar Malibu’s Songwriters’ Night, gave a four-set, exclusive, performance at John Varvatos Malibu, performed at the Malibu Kiwanis Chili Cook Off which drew over 10K people, and played New Year’s Eve at Corazon Performing Arts Center in Topanga.
Former Jeff Buckley Co-Manager, Jack Bookbinder, recalls being “struck by Pete’s jaw-dropping vocals and approach to artistry.” Pete’s music has been released internationally by Sony BMG; on Spotify, iTunes, and all major digital outlets; and broadcast on BET’s number-one show 106 & Park for 10.3M viewers – as sung by Epic Recording Artist/ Missy Elliot protégé Jessica Betts. Pete’s eclectic compositions have been placed in award-winning films at the LA Reel Film Festival, Boston International Movie Festival, and Honolulu Film Festival.
Pete Pidgeon recently performed for 4K fans at Joyride Brewing’s Anniversary Block Party, 3K at the Colorado Brewers’ Festival, 3K at the Fillmore Auditorium, headlined the Fox Theatre, directly supported Anders Osborne and Rich Robinson (Black Crowes), received a Westword Music Award Nomination and eight Rock Awards nominations, and has been featured in Denver Post, Relix, AXS, Boston Globe, Poughkeepsie Journal, Malibu Surfside News, and Performer. Pete also leads the funk band FU^K, published his 300-page book Hampton 98, and has a YouTube instructional series with over 1.2M views. He has earned the moniker Hardest Working Musician among his peers and should probably sleep more often.