Location: AMERICA NORTH: USA: Illinois (IL)
Genre: Americana Country
Cowpunk / alt-country pioneer Pete Berwick has been touring and recording and hammering out hundreds of shows a year, as a solo artist and with his bands, for over four decades. Along with releasing six albums, he is also an author and actor, and has written and published four novels, as well as having appeared in film and television.
He is also an amateur boxer. "Can't kill a man born to hang" is Berwick's motto, as he fearlessly travels from town to town and roadhouse bar to roadhouse bar with a lifetime of critically acclaimed songs and his battered six string.
Over a dozen of his songs have been featured in movies and television, several of his albums have been placed in the year's top ten by various media sources, and his "Ain't No Train Outta Nashville" album, recorded and shelved on Music Row in 1992 and eventually released in 2007, peaked at #5 on XCOUNTRY RADIO, now OUTLAW RADIO.
"Island" is Pete Berwick's sixth studio album, with backing band The Mugshot Saints delivering the musical firepower, produced by Jason Botka at Skye Bleu Studios in Villa Park, Illinois, and according to his critics, his finest work and masterpiece, scraped from the trenches and ruins of the long, hard miles and highs and lows of his hard-fought battles in the music industry.
"Pete Berwick is one of the best things to happen to punk-infused, alt-country leaning, folk music since Johnny Cash made his impact on this planet. There is no other entertainer in the business that works as hard or harder than Pete Berwick, hands down! "Island" is the next step in the evolution of a master craftsman who refuses to slow down, become complacent or allow the status quo to interfere with his art."
MTM Middle Tennesse Music.com www.midtnmusic.com
"Island is a cross genre masterpiece. Each song is written straight from the heart and delivered like a punch to the stomach. If you like country, blues or just good ass kicking rock and roll, “Island” will fit perfectly in your playlist."
Rob Weingarten, Radio-Television Personality
"Pete Berwick's new album "Island" contains songs written with the grit of John Wayne and the soul of mainland America."
Christopher Plain, Host of 6 Ways 2 Sunday Radio Show on Firebrand Radio
"‘Island’ is a perfect slice of alternative-country rock ‘n’ roll, full of the dust and grit to be expected from Pete Berwick. And with excellent musicianship complimenting honest songwriting, it is also quite possibly his best album to date."
Craggy Collyde, RPM Magazine, UK
All songs written by Pete Berwick, Pete Berwick Publishing BMI, Nashville, Tennessee
Pete Berwick - Lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Jason Botka - Keys, acoustic and electric guitar
Jennifer McCleary Botka - background vocals
Johnny Gadeikis - Bass
Luke Smith - Drums
Jeff Givens - Background vocals on "I'm Gettin' Tired Of This Place."
Produced and mixed by Jason Botka at Skye Bleu Studios, Villa Park, Illinois
Mastered by Blaise Barton
Album photography and cover design by Michelle Shalloo Gadeikis