PETE KRONOWITT Announces the FLIP VA BLUE TOUR with John David Coppola

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PETE KRONOWITT says, “I am trying to become more involved in our democracy by putting my time, resources, energy and passion into making a difference in our elections. In early August, I will be kicking off the FLIP VA BLUE TOUR to recruit volunteers for Virginia state legislative elections in November. The tour will support Democratic candidates for the General Assembly. At each show, campaign staff and volunteers will bring their friends and families to listen to music, learn about their local candidate, and then sign up to take action.

My long-time collaborator, friend, and talented bassist John David Coppola, who played upright bass on my first album, Phases of the Heart, will be touring with me. There will also be special musical guests, including Peter Roganand Chris Anderson, at several shows. “

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Also, don’t miss the next singer/songwriter showcase at Café du Soleil this Friday, July 19 with special guest Jesse Brewster  (showinfo)

Check out PETE KRONOWITT on iTunes or Bandcamp. Stay in touch with him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.

 

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Check out this outstanding review of Pete Kronowitt’s “A Lone Voice”

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“Our nation has entered some seriously dark times. Just today I had two people tell me they were going to report me to the authorities for humorous comments I made about Donald Trump, and they were serious. And they were proud, and they felt righteous. It’s a case of the worst that this country has to offer suddenly feeling itself in a position of power, people who ordinarily might be silent suddenly shouting their insane thoughts to the rest of us and expecting us to bow under the heavy waves of their nonsense. In a time when we desperately need gun control, we have a delusional bastard at the helm eliminating the gun regulations that were in place, arguing that we need guns in schools and that the mentally ill should be allowed to purchase weapons. At a time when it is critical for us to address climate change, we have an administration that wants to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency altogether. Meanwhile our privacy is quickly disappearing, giving way to corporate and government interests (the two being difficult to tell apart these days), with Donald Trump eliminating online privacy protections. These are dark times.

Fortunately, there are many voices rising up against this dangerous tide of tyranny. One such voice is that of singer/songwriter Pete Kronowitt. On his fourth full-length album, A Lone Voice, Pete Kronowitt offers reason and truth, two things that are completely lacking in the current government. Joining him on this album are Phil Madeira on guitar, piano, organ and accordion; David Mansfield on guitar, mandolin, and violin; Chris Donohue on bass; and Dennis Holt on drums. Also, he is joined by backing vocalists on certain tracks. All of these songs are originals, written or co-written by Pete Kronowitt.

Pete Kronowitt kicks off the CD with “Change Is Gonna Come.” Yes, this song contains a positive, optimistic perspective and message, something we all need right now. “All it takes is just your voice/Change is gonna come.” One verse that I love is about the politician who won’t accept corporate funding: “I may not get elected/Without some change from everyone.” Of course I appreciate the play on the word “change.” By the way, this song has an upbeat, positive sound as well. On this song, Pete Kronowitt is joined by Halley Elwell, Eric Kamm, Justin Hetrick, Jack Kertzman, Judith May and Jaimeson Durr on backing vocals. “Change Is Gonna Come” is followed by “Got Guns?” I am diametrically opposed to guns. I don’t believe there is a single person on this planet sane enough to be allowed to own one. And the idea that the solution to the gun problem is more guns is just as absurd as it sounds. As you might guess, this song is one of my favorites, and it is sadly ever more pertinent each day, especially with Donald Trump apparently determined to get guns into the hands of children and the mentally ill. These lines, for example, seem particularly apt in light of Donald’s recent activities (and this album was released in the summer of 2016): “Don’t tell me that you’re too young/If you have a hand, get a gun/Guns on the playground, guns at school” and “Guns in asylums, guns in bars/What do you do without a gun in your car?” And hey, don’t be surprised if you find yourself dancing around to this song.

Not all of the songs on this album, however, have political messages. “Tears On The Back Of Her Head” is a mellow and incredibly moving song with a much more personal feel and some beautiful work on violin. Some lines of this song nearly have me in tears, such as “I’m trying to remember every word she ever said” and “She’s moving on without me.” That’s followed by “You Are Here,” a pretty and gentle song that might remind you a bit of some of Eric Clapton’s material. “Holding Your Hand” is a beautiful love song, and is one of my favorites of the album. Halley Elwell joins him on vocals on this one. Here is a taste of the lyrics: “Years pass like a whisper/After all we’ve been through/But I can’t imagine time without you/The distance between us just disappears.” I am thankful for this song, for it’s making me feel closer to my love tonight. “There ain’t nothing like holding your hand.”

“Necessary Evils” is an upbeat country rock song with a strong message, and more good work on violin. The phrase “necessary evil” always seemed bizarre to me, like accepting of something that certainly shouldn’t ever be accepted. “Unemployment keeps wages down/So business makes profit, the economy is sound.” This song and at least one or two others remind me a bit of Elvis Costello. Then “Puppet Master” has a fun groove, and also a message. “That puppet master puts on a damn good show/You think you know what is true.” That’s certainly an issue these days. What is true? What is real? In a land where the leader lies with every single breath, while remaining completely unashamed, even cocky, Truth is a rare commodity. And the idea of it being a commodity is also part of the point, isn’t it? “Just because it’s shiny and new/Doesn’t mean it is true/Folks can be bought in this red, white and blue/We’re all bought and sold in this red, white and blue.”

“Body, Choice & Mind” is another important song, dealing with a woman’s right to choose (something else that is threatened by Donald Trump’s regime). “Don’t let personal circumstance/Dictate your stance, dictate your stance/Roe vs. Wade, it’s the decision/Don’t let them make a fatal revision/No butcher’s going to cut no friend of mine.”  There is a cool instrumental section with some nice work on keys. This song has a bluesy edge. In “The Beast,” Pete Kronowitt sings, “I can’t read the paper/Too much bad news out there/All this violence and killing/Nobody seems to care.”  The album ends with an intimate song titled “Perfect Day.” “You had a perfect day/Then you went far away/And all the pain and all the fear/That one day did disappear.”

CD Track List

  1. Change Is Gonna Come
  2. Got Guns?
  3. Tears On The Back Of Her Head
  4. You Are Here
  5. Necessary Evils
  6. Puppet Master
  7. Holding Your Hand
  8. Body, Choice & Mind
  9. Follow The Leader
  10. The Beast
  11. She Gives
  12. Perfect Day

A Lone Voice was released on July 15, 2016 through Mean Bean Records.”

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For more information and touring schedule visit: http://www.petekronowitt.com/

For music samples or to order A Lone Voice visit: https://petekronowitt.bandcamp.com/

For interview requests contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR: glassonyonpr@gmail.com or 828-350- 8158

For live performance booking or management inquiries contact Mean Bean Records: booking@meanbeanrecords.com

Help Support Pete Kronowitt Raise Awareness of Sustainability Solutions and Bicycle Advocacy!

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Talented singer-songwriter Pete Kronowitt is embarking on a new journey this month in raising awareness and money for more than 100 fantastic organizations that are leading the nation in climate change awareness, green energy development, sustainability, and bicycle advocacy. Pete’s mission is to participate in the Climate Ride, which is a 5 day, 300 mile bike ride. All proceeds go to organizations specializing in climate education, clean energy, and bicycle infrastructure. Your generous donation is an investment in a healthier, safer future and will help his beneficiaries work to make this a reality. You can visit Pete Kronowitt’s fundraiser here.

 

 

 

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Let It Rock Review: Pete Kronowitt “A Lone Voice”

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Singer-songwriter from San Francisco taps into the heart of Americana to rock actual and timeless issues.

While continuing to plough a country field on an album number four, Pete Kronowitt has somehow hardened his approach to performance, if not composition. Most of it is topical – in all meanings of the word – yet there’s an obvious shift in the nostalgic mood of “Follow The Leader” or the hoedown of “Necessary Evils” from the artist’s debut that are revisited here, 13 years down the line, in a new, politics-wise, climate. That’s what, perhaps, necessitated the starting of this record with “Change Is Gonna Come” – not a Sam Cooke classic but an optimistic piece which may be a bit soft for a real kick – and the taking of hope to a boogie limit for “Body, Choice & Mind” where steel guitars dance with a piano.

Such a sweet roll, perfect for “Holding Your Head” or “Tears On The Back Of Her Head” that are adorned with an organ purr, can distract the listener from the irony of “Got Guns?” until its lyrics become straightforward, and “Puppet Master” doesn’t try to hide behind subtle hints either, the cut’s jaunty facade notwithstanding. Of course, merriment can serve the lyrical purpose of the fiddle-kissed “She Gives” much better, yet when juxtaposition of a message and a tune is required, Kronowitt excels in applying this kind of contrast. Make it sharper, and the ghosts of Woody and other Pete will emerge.

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For more information and touring schedule visit: http://www.petekronowitt.com/

For music samples or to order A Lone Voice visit: https://petekronowitt.bandcamp.com/

For interview requests contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR: glassonyonpr@gmail.com or 828-350- 8158

For live performance booking or management inquiries contact Mean Bean Records: booking@meanbeanrecords.com

Pete Kronowitt featured on Shadowproof as Protest Song Of the Week

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Kevin Gosztola from Shadowproof chooses Pete Kronowitt’s “Got Guns?” as the Protest Song of the Week!

“Folk musician and singer-songwriter Pete Kronowitt has a new album featuring a protest anthem about the National Rifle Association and gun culture in the United States. It is dripping with irony.

The song, “Got Guns?”, has a playful vibe with catchy rhymes. It’s almost like owning a gun in America is a game, and every child wants a chance to be a part of it. (To the NRA, that is.)

“The NRA is here to stay. Go out and get some guns today. There’s a reason it rhymes with fun. Go out today and get gun,” Kronowitt says in the opening of the song. Later, he adds, “Don’t tell me you’re too young. If you have a hand, get a gun.”

Kronowitt rattles off, “Click click boom. You need a gun in every room. Click click boom, and then silence fills that room. Suicides and accidents and random acts of violence. That ringing in your ears is the eternal silence.”

He slows it down to deliver lyrics, which pack the most decisive punch in the song. “Guns kill people. Children too. Eight kids die every day. I guess they don’t got guns.”

It is irreverent social commentary, channeling the spirit of a depraved NRA pitchman. As he says, it highlights the “absurdity of extremism.”

Filmmaker Michael Moore created the NRA mascot, “Pistol Pete,” for his show, “The Awful Truth,” and Kronowitt’s song would make a great tune for the satirical mascot to sing at schools.

Kronowitt’s song is off his new album, “A Lone Voice.” He describes his music as a fusion of “acousitc pop and indie-folk” that hearkens back to days when musicians were more willing to tackle injustice through music and explore “themes ranging from family to sociopolitical struggles.” It is a kind of “Steve Earle-Elvis Costello hybrid.”

He has gone on multiple international tours and produced music for over 30 years.

Kronowitt shared his album with Shadowproof, and we are pleased to support his work by encouraging you to listen to his new song, “Got Guns?”:

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Got Guns?’ by Pete Kronowitt

 

Pete Kronowitt featured on CleveScene for Justice Concert and Benefit at Agora

“Organized by Stand Together Against Trump, Singing for Justice Meetup Group and local and national musicians, the Standing Together for Justice Concert and Benefit, aims to provide a “night of peaceful protests songs calling for a stand against racism, sexism, and xenophobia.”

San Francisco-based artist Pete Kronowitt will perform as will local artists such Brendan O’Malley, Swap Meet and Matt Harmon. ”

http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2016/07/12/standing-together-for-justice-concert-and-benefit-to-take-place-at-agora-during-rnc

Tickets are $20.

Standing Together for Justice Concert and Benefit: A Night of Peaceful Protest Music and the Album Release of Pete Kronowitt’s A Lone Voice

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Monday, July 18, 2016

8:00pm until 1:00am

 

The Agora Theatre & Ballroom 

5000 Euclid Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44103

 

Tickets $20

 

On Monday, July 18, the Standing Together for Justice Concert and Benefit, a night of peaceful protests songs calling for a stand against racism, sexism, and xenophobia, will be held during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, OH at the Agora Theatre and Ballroom.

 

Standing Together for Justice Concert and Benefit  is organized by Stand Together Against Trump, Singing for Justice Meetup Group, and local and national musicians.  San Francisco-based artist Pete Kronowitt, who is releasing his critically acclaimed new album A Lone Voice, will be joined by bassist John David Coppola. Standing Together will also feature performances by popular Cleveland bands including Brendan O’Malley with Small Batch, Swap Meet, Matt Harmon, and Allison Beyer from Chicago. Concert proceeds will support Cleveland-based charities St. Paul’s Church and the Thea Bowman Center.

 

Against the backdrop the RNC’s scheduled events, Standing Together’s musicians will be playing for the thousands of protesters who will be drawn to Cleveland. Standing Together performances will mirror the voices of the groups who will be protesting, singing to highlight what Americans have in common, while rejecting those issues manufactured to divide us. Standing Together will give voice to those who demand common sense solutions from our political leaders.

 

 

Ticket Link:

http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?eventId=6801935&pl=agora&dispatch=loadSelectionData

Performers:

Pete Kronowitt: San Francisco-based singer/songwriter releasing his fourth full-length album, A Lone Voice, during the Republican National Convention. http://petekronowitt.bandcamp.com

Brendan O’Malley (of Honeybucket and the Gage Brothers) has a new Cleveland-based band, Small Batch.

Swap Meet: Northeast Ohio band with original acoustic music from the heart and for your soul. https://www.facebook.com/swapmeetmusic  

Matt Harmon: Cleveland based songwriter matches clever lyrics with crisp acoustic guitar playing. http://www.mattharmonmusic.com/

Allison Beyer: Chicago-based singer-songwriter has poetic, spiritual music with soulful folk, country, and blues/jazz influences. https://www.facebook.com/AllisonBeyerMusic

Singing for Justice Meetup Group: thisColumbus-based choir will bring a spirit of hope for those who fight for social justice.

 

Organizations:

St. Paul’s provides services for people who are living on the edge with meals, outreach, limited medical services and emergency assistance.

The Thea Bowman Center is a community-based organization that fed 7000 people in need last year, and provides adult education, like GED prep, and a safe place for youth, among other services.

Stand Together Against Trump (STAT) is a grassroots group organized to promote a positive, inclusive vision of our country to counter Donald Trump’s exclusive and hateful vision during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

 

Ticket Link:

http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?eventId=6801935&pl=agora&dispatch=loadSelectionData

 

www.AgoraCleveland.com

 

Facebook Event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/294128634263631/