Peter Nathanson


Peter started listening to music at a young age. So young in fact that his parents thought they’d have to have his transistor radio surgically removed from the side of his head so he wouldn’t suffer through ridicule and embarrassment on his first day of kindergarten. Well, they didn’t and he survived to join the school band in the 7th grade as a member of the percussion section. “Things pretty much went downhill from there,” his friends and parents were frequently heard to remark.  Not only in the outward manifestations of his personality, but listening habits and attitude seemed to deteriorate as well.  After all, he was becoming a drummer, devouring ‘60s music at a prodigious pace and listening to late-night underground public radio programming. From there Peter discovered blues and jazz and added guitar, mandolin, Dobro® and banjo to his repertoire which led him to bluegrass, further reducing his social acceptability. His very own mother still asks in real alarm whenever he takes out an instrument, “You’re not going to sing too?!” He’s been hosting community radio roots and blues music programs in Alaska, Colorado and New Mexico since 1997 in an attempt to rehabilitate himself and has been a member of the Folk Routes Collective at KUNM 89.9 FM since 2008. Ever mindful and respectful of the roots of folk Peter frequently travels the routes of folk to present how more and more musicians are discovering the limitless expressive abilities of traditional and contemporary acoustic instruments.