THE SMALL TOWN TROUBADOUR
“A ‘Small Town Troubadour’ – That’s who I am and what I do.”
– Jared “Pete” Gile
Over the past 15 years Jared “Pete” Gile has become one of the most sought after one-man musical acts in the Mid-West. His reputation as a consummate and multi-talented performer has earned him spots as the opening act for nationally known country artists including Luke Bryan, Phil Vassar and Jerrod Niemann as well as songwriting virtuosos like Robert Earl Keen, Darrell Scott and Billy Joe Shaver.
Gile, known as “The Small Town Troubadour,” spends most of his time behind the microphone entertaining in beer joints and dive bars across the Mid-West with the occasional detour onto the stages of performing arts theatres and outdoor festivals; especially those without a minimum “artist height” requirement.
Since he began touring in the mid-2000s, Gile has released four albums of original music; all recorded in the state of Texas and using studio musicians exceedingly more talented than him.
After learning how to work an audience as a performer in the bars of Manhattan, KS during his college years Gile spent the 10 years following graduation from K-State making a living traveling the Mid-West as a singer and songwriter; to the dismay of his parents who helped fund his education.
Along with playing his autographed-laden, beer-stained, and beat up acoustic guitar, Gile acts as his own partial rhythm section by playing foot drums during his show. He is often overheard during his live performances telling his drummer to “slow down on the booze.”
Together with his original songs, Gile’s shows consist of songs written by some of his biggest influences including “Willie, Waylon and the boys”, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Todd Snider and opera great Luciano Pavarotti.
Although his shows are always at least, “marginally” entertaining, Gile declares his performances are best experienced with a strong bourbon or scotch over 7 cubes of ice topped with a splash of water.