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Drew Peterson's new album, St. Jude, a duck, and the crooked line available for sale and download now!

Drew Peterson is an independent Americana singer-songwriter who has captivated fans across the Midwest for over 15 years. Since fronting the Minnesota-based group Forty Watt Bulb, Peterson has spawned two other successful Roots projects; the twangy, upbeat Dead Pigeons and bluegrass- influenced Boxstore Bird,paired with the incredibly talented multi-instrumental Mandy Fassett. 

Drew Peterson comes from a long line of musically inept Norwegian Farmers (unless you count Grandpa Pops, the town drunk,who played the harmonica and the concertina for booze/track/1056833/lenore).Peterson was not born with an amazing musical talent. Mom bought him a guitar at a church rummage sale for five dollars and it was then he decided he wanted to become a musician. Growing up on a farm in rural Minnesota, he tackled this endeavor the way he had been taught - hard work and lots of practice. And practice is what he’s been doing for 20 years. His passion has always been crafting lyrics and songwriting. 

Peterson has built a unique brand that transcends the genre. With clever, dry humor and thought-provoking lyrics, Peterson’s music is like oil over gravel. Drawing on influences from John Prine, Tom Waits, Cat Stevens, Van Morrison, among others, Peterson offers the world upbeat tunes with a soft- spoken gravitas that belies his years. 

With a performance style that can transform from intimate listening room to rowdy festivals and bars, Peterson always gives his heart and soul to the stage. And with each new performance, he works to connect with the audience through storytelling. 


The Hook and Ladder, 3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis

Joe Roberto, local Minneapolis musician and artist (Poverty Hash, Disasternoon), was recently diagnosed with a rare genetic disease. It has done a number on his body and has already landed him in the hospital more days than we care to think about. He will need continued care until his recovery.

To help out Joe and his partner Robyn, we (Hook and Ladder) are throwing a JoeFundMe fundraising weekend:

Saturday, September 25, 12pm—6pm, Palmer’s Bar Palmer’s, Joe’s place of employment and favorite haunt, will be hosting a day of special events, including a potluck dinner, raffles, and music.

Sunday, September 26, 6pm—10pm, The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge The Hook and Ladder will host a special fundraising concert and silent auction event. Very special guests TBA.

Now is the time to show support for Joe and Robyn, who have both contributed so much to the Minneapolis music community and the people that make it up. They love y’all, and you know you love them. Let's all help get Joe back on his feet and back on the Twin Cities’ stages.

If you or your band would like to participate, or if you have an item to donate for the silent auction, please contact Lori Barbero ASAP at

A traditional GoFundMe has also been set up as event details are finalized. Please consider making a contribution today.

Joe's GoFundMe