On the heels of his successful memoir, Pete’s debut novel, Floodwood, is a hybrid of mystery and fantasy.
There’s something rotten at New York’s prestigious Strabo Society, and a werewolf is on the loose in sedate Westchester County. Improbably assisted by an intrepid female professor-turned-secret-agent named Artemis Fletcher, the werewolf’s mission is anything but expected, spanning the globe from the Adirondacks to the Himalayas and ancient temples of Japan. This unforgettable mystery novel combines classical and folk mythology, esoteric tropes and a touch of horror that recalls Edgar Allen Poe and Mary Shelley.
Release date June 15, 2021. Order Pete's new book, Floodwood, here.
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Check out the chart, below, of the 615 unique songs we've played so far!
615 Different songs played so far!
We've played 615 (!!) different songs over our 66 livestreaming concerts, which happens every Sunday from 2-3pm EDT. Please join us this coming Sunday, June 20 at 2pm Eastern Time when we'll present: "On The Road Again - Father's Day Special."
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"Electric Sitar Meditations" out NOW, both on CD and as digital downloads!
Sandalwood incense wafts from the next room. “Electric Sitar Meditations” by Pete Kennedy is playing. The drone of his sitar is calming, but at the same time it triggers a heightened sensual awareness. Kennedy's solid reputation as a folk-rock sideman was cemented long ago through his work with Nanci Griffith, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Kate Wolf and most notably his wife and duo partner Maura Kennedy. He's also released a string of guitar-centric albums in the roots/Americana genre.
With "Electric Sitar Meditations" he takes a bold step in a new direction, offering a set of jazz classics from the late fifties "modal" period associated with Miles and Coltrane, balanced against a virtual "side two" of his own improvisations on classical themes by Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky and Bartok. The electric sitar, which he plays solo throughout with no overdubs or edits, is an evocative, surprisingly sonorous instrument that has long deserved a rehab from its hippie-era gimmick status. Kennedy quietly reinvents the instrument as an "ancient but fresh" sound that will intrigue jazz, classical and new age listeners.
Get the digital download on your choice of several music outletsHERE
After sequestering for over a year in a world-wide effort to curb Covid-19, we are starting to book some outdoor shows, keeping it open-air for now, with our first indoor gigs coming in November. We'll be playing in Northern Virginia in July, and Long Island NY in August, with more gigs coming through frequently. You can get details to these and any future dates that come in, below. In addition to this handful of in-person events, we invite you to join us Sundays at 2pm Eastern as we continue our weekly livestream. Watch this space for further changes.
Tone, Twang & Taste: A Guitar Memoir by Pete Kennedy
Order Pete's acclaimed autobiography, Tone, Twang & Taste: A Guitar Memoir. Pete has assembled hundreds of musical stories from his life, starting with the day he first discovered the guitar as a child. This book features lots of rare photos that span his whole life.
Want to play along with us on our closing theme, "Safe Until Tomorrow"? Click the PDF download link, below and have it ready at the end of our live streaming concert each week, and join us in song!
Rik Flynn, Guitar and Bass Magazine, UK says,"The luscious folk-laced tapestry of their latest offering Closer Than You Know will doubtless charm the pants off us Brits."
All Music Guide says,“An excellent release from start to finish.”
Maverick Magazine (UK) says, "Another wonderful album from New York duo comprised of sweet and soulful acoustic alternative folk-pop music...You will truly enjoy the wonderful songs on this marvellous album. Maura's voice is sweet & charming. There's a geniune emotion at work here..."
The Sunday New York Daily News' Jim Farber "...is floored by the Kennedys."