THE SMALL TOWN TROUBADOUR
“A ‘Small Town Troubadour’ – That’s who I am and what I do.”
- Jared “Pete” Gile
Nearly every weekend for the past 12 years, Jared “Pete” Gile has packed up his car with PA equipment and his guitar and drove to some small town in the Midwest and tried to make people drink, dance and have a good time. It’s pretty much that simple.
After graduating from Kansas State University in 2002 with two degrees (BS in Wildlife Biology; AT in Aviation), the Scandia, KS native made the decision to chase a childhood dream and attempt to support himself financially by doing nothing more than playing music.
“The initial plan was to try the music thing for 6 months or so and then get on with my life. Those 6 months turned into 12 years.” Said Gile
During the last 12 years Gile has performed over 900 shows and opened for high caliber artists like Luke Bryan, Jerrod Niemann, Robert Earl Keen, Trent Wilmon, Randy Rogers Band, Ricochet, Cross Canadian Ragweed, and countless others. In that same time period Gile has released 4 CDs of original material; his latest being an 8 song project entitled “Small Town Troubadour” put out in December of 2013.
“Small Town Troubadour” was recorded in Holland, TX and was co-produced by Gile and studio owner Steve Palousek, whom Gile also worked with on his first two releases.
“I feel it’s the best collection of songs I’ve ever recorded as a group, not only because of the songs themselves, but also because of the diversity of musical styles on the CD. There’s everything on this CD from country ballads to some really rocking stuff. The subject matter covers everything, from unmanned drones and the 2nd amendment, to a song I wrote about my pseudo-crush on an amazingly attractive bowhunter chick on the Outdoor Channel named Tiffany Lakosky. I also recorded a great song that my Dad wrote when I was just a boy called “Republican River Valley.” Stated Gile
Although Gile has performed in various combinations with other musicians over the years, such as the 8 months he spent fronting his own full band, to the several shows he plays each year with piano player Howard Reed, he spends most of his time on stage as a solo act. However, his live show isn’t just quite one guy and his guitar. Along with the guitar, Gile also plays electronic kick drum pedals with both of his feet and uses a vocal harmonizer pedal, which he activates with the heal of his right foot in between drum beats, to give the effect of having background harmony singers when he chooses throughout his songs. When he gets to doing all of this at once, as well as playing his harmonicas, it’s been described by onlookers as an “organized musical circus.”