The resurrected musical career of Dr. Peter Larson

One of the most gratifying things about doing my weekly radio show is that, in a roundabout way, it’s been responsible for getting my old friend and bandmate Pete Larson writing songs again after deciding a decade or so ago to walk away from the music industry, and the record label he’d spent 20 years building, and get his PhD. When I first had the idea for the Saturday Six Pack a year or so ago, Pete was one of the first people I talked to about it. I told him that, even though he now lived in Kenya, and hadn’t performed in years, I’d like it if he’d consider sending me an occasional song for the show. And, much to my surprise, he not only sent something that first week, but kept sending new contributions every week thereafter. Every Saturday morning, I’d wake up and there would be a new song waiting for me in my in-box… something written by Pete that morning while sipping coffee outside his apartment in Nairobi. Well, several months ago, when Pete was visiting the states, he came on the show in person and we talked about the possibility of a new record based on his “six pack” contributions, and it looks now as though it’s actually going to happen. Pete just posted the following image to Facebook.

LarsonRecord

Pete, by the way, is the one on the above album cover. The man holding the record is the artist. According to Pete, he’s a “general great dude” in Nairobi by the name of Ras Taman. [Pete says he claims to be Jamaican.]

Anyway, I just think it’s cool that Pete’s making music again. And it makes me incredibly happy to know that, in some small way, the radio show played a role…

Best of luck with Dagoretti Records, Pete, and let me know once the record is out so that I can mention it on the show.

Peter Larson

[The above photo of Pete was taken by Ypsilanti’s Chris Stranad as part of our Saturday Six Pack Portrait Project.]

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5 Comments

  1. anonymous
    Posted May 6, 2016 at 5:27 am | Permalink

    I hope he includes audio of his neighbor’s complaints.

  2. Samantha Battle
    Posted May 6, 2016 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    You are the Quinton Tarantino to Larson’s John Travolta, Mr. Maynard. Thank you.

  3. Eel
    Posted May 6, 2016 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    I would liken it more to Raiders of the Lost Ark than Pulp Fiction. Pete is ark of the covenant, and Mark is the nasty Nazi that breaks it open releasing the brutal, face-melting magic from inside.

  4. Peter Larson
    Posted May 7, 2016 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    If anyone is interested, the 15 song album, recorded on three continents, comprised solely of tunes which appeared on the Saturday Six Pack, can be downloaded here for a mere $7:

    https://petelarson.bandcamp.com/releases

    Volume 2 coming soon.

  5. Posted May 10, 2016 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    I still hope to lunch with you both sometime when you are back in the States, Peter.

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