The Portland Playlist welcomed Pete Krebs to PRP’s new home at the New Day Center for the Arts. This is an artist that has covered every genre in the 30 years he’s been performing and to celebrate, he’s releasing a new Hazel album with a show in Seattle, two already sold-out shows in Portland, a Pete Krebs compilation album next month and release show, and is being inducted for the second time, (in 2013 for his band, Hazel, and this year as a solo artist), into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. But that’s not all, a documentary on his life is being filmed by Jeremy Balderson, and he has been sponsored, with gear, in time for the Hazel shows, by Saul Koll Guitars, Catalinbread, and Hovercraft Amps.
Pete’s journey with the guitar began when he saw a VISA commercial whereby a boy was given a guitar for his Bar Mitzvah. Thinking he had to get one too, he asked for one for his tenth birthday. Assuming this would be a passing phase, his parents got him a used guitar that didn’t play well. That “passing phase” continues to this day with many a fine guitar since.
Pete has a voracious and eclectic taste for music and therefore, so is the type of music he’s played over the years. He started out playing punk rock and if you were in Portland’s grunge scene back in the early 90’s then you surely knew his band Hazel, considered punk-pop, alternative rock music. Currently, he performs Western Swing with his band, Pete Krebs and his Portland Playboys. However, it’s our guess that the upcoming Hazel shows, his compilation album, and the new originals he’s working on will increase demand for more performances.
The first hour of the show featured music influences from Pete’s younger years and included: The Wipers, his favorite Portland band to date; The Beatles; Minor Threat, whose music he still practices air guitar by; The Pretenders; The Clash, whom he loved for their gang like image and is what made him want to be in a band; Black Flag; The Germs; X; Stray Cats; and The Police. Stewart Copeland is his all-time favorite drummer.
The second hour featured music off the new compilation album, Hey Pete Krebs!, which will be released at an all ages show, October 7th, at Ford Food and Drink. Releasing on Cavity Search Records, it is a collection of Pete’s songs taken from each of his first six solo records from 1995-2002. This is an album of songs that may surprise you in their timelessness. Seventeen tracks in all, it will fit most any music mood you might be in and would be the perfect addition to your local music collection.
Pete’s live performance included two songs he wrote quickly before recording them and are ones he still performs to this day, “Patiently” and “Pacific Standard Time.” Love the imagery from Patiently, …. magic 8 ball gives advice that makes me think too much….. sometimes you have to wait so patiently.” We talked him into performing a third song, “Thunderstorms and Alcohol” which didn’t make the cut on the compilation album, but Pete’s not holding any grudges. Maybe the next album, Pete. You can view the Facebook Live Stream at: https://www.facebook.com/mary.teri.7/videos/709564462524518/
As you’ll hear from the podcast, Pete is an entertaining guest, full of humor and wonderful stories. The live videos have garnered hundreds of views and shares which speaks to the well-deserved love people have for this guy. Be sure and come to his release show at Ford Food and Drink on October 7th, because it is one you do not want to miss.
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