L.A. Times --
[Peter] “has a strong clear voice, up there with Gordon Lightfoot, John Stewart and the other folk hot guys”. . .
J Peter writes music which was molded by his life as an Alaska wilderness gold prospector, oil field roughneck, actor & more. The Ojai Valley, CA. based singer/songwriter is redefining the traditions of the bards of old. Peter chronicles his life of travel & adventure with a poet’s touch.
His varied vocal styles, versatile picking, & bluesy harmonica entwine to cross over genres, creating his seamless blend of folk/country/bluegrass/blues. In his 30 years of performing, Peter has played clubs & concert venues from Anchorage to Austin, from the Arctic Ocean to the Hawaiian Islands. He has warmed up crowds for the likes of George Thorogood, Commander Cody, Marshall Tucker Band & the Texas Tornados. Previous shows include main stage at Strawberry Music Festival (Yosemite, CA), No. Nevada Bower’s Mansion Bluegrass Festival & Alaska’s Talkeetna Bluegrass Festival.
Among his main influences are John Prine, Guy Clark, Doc Watson, Townes VanZandt, & the Delta blues men. Peter says, “I have hundreds of favorite songs, scores of sung and unsung songwriting heroes. It’s a vital part of my life to preserve and pass on some small part of the legacy.”
On his self-titled album, Peter takes the listener from a mountaintop bathed in Alaskan moonlight to the “Tides” of the California Pacific – the culmination of over 30 years on the road.
Jim Monahan – CD Producer & featured artist: Guitar, Bass, Mandolin & Vocals
For 35 years as a professional musician for his “day-&-night-job,” Jim has played venues ranging from the Monterey Jazz Festival to the Grand Old Opry. With a vast musical vocabulary, he plays his instruments upside down & backwards, which adds an indefinably unique flavor to his music. He’s toured with Roger Miller, Kenny Loggins, Jim Messina, Chris Hillman & the Desert Rose Band, & recorded with Hillman, Jan & Dean, & Paul Rogers (of Bad Company), to name a few.
Jim Monahan - Bass, Lead Guitar, mandolin, slide guitar, Harmony Vocals
Solo Recordings --
"Christmas Sky" EP, 2010
J Peter Boles, C. 2010, (US)
"J Peter Boles" self-titled, 2010
J Peter Boles, C. 2000 (US)
Live at Cold Springs Tavern, Vol.II, 2006 (US)
Brand New Opry, Jonathan McEuen / Surround-Sound Video (pending), AIX, 2005 (US)
La Conchita 2005 Remember (US), fundraiser for mud-slide victims
OasisAcoustic, 2001, Oasis Recordings (US)
Live at Cafe Voltaire Volume 2, 1999, Voltaire (US)
Live at Cafe Voltaire Volume 1, 1998, Voltaire (US)
jPeterBoles Concert Sampler
Bard Lane / Sweet Eagle Dreams
Old Man's Song
Take Care Of My Brother
"Empty Roads" in TOP 4 FOLK SONGS OF 2010
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J Peter Boles’ “Empty Roads” Voted in the TOP 4 FOLK SONGS of 2010 -- JOHN LENNON (INTERNATIONAL) ...J Peter Boles’ “Empty Roads”
Voted in the TOP 4 FOLK SONGS of 2010 --
JOHN LENNON (INTERNATIONAL) SONGWRITING CONTEST
J Peter Boles Album Review
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[Peter] “has a strong clear voice, up there with Gordon Lightfoot, John Stewart and the other folk h...[Peter] “has a strong clear voice, up there with Gordon Lightfoot, John Stewart and the other folk hot guys”.
From the Campfire to the Brewpub
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Los Angeles Times "FROM THE CAMPFIRE TO THE BREW PUB", … Bill Locey, Nov. 10, 2000 “J Peter Boles...Los Angeles Times
"FROM THE CAMPFIRE TO THE BREW PUB", … Bill Locey, Nov. 10, 2000
“J Peter Boles, a local country-flavored folkie of vast experience … After traveling thousands of miles over the years, J Peter Boles brings his old guitar and vast repertoire of 'folkabilly' to Ojai... Boles could probably play longer than the Grateful Dead in their heyday … While Boles’ concoction of folk and country influences sounds seamless, he’s fully aware of the nuances.”
[Boles] has a local history dating to the early ‘70s, when he played with Chris Byrd, now half of the Tijuana Hound Dogs. Boles either appears solo at his gigs, or he plays with Jim Monahan – the guitar player from the Desert Rose Band – or with Dan Wilson of Rincon Ramblers and Tatters fame.
“This free gig at the [Ojai Brew] Pub will feature Boles along with Monahan and flute player Steve Baker. One thing musicians are good at is helping each other, and Boles had even more musical friends appear on his album, including the likes of Chris Hillman and Alan Thornhill.
“Folk singers are like firemen and clowns – everybody likes them – but the jury is still out on rappers and tow truck drivers.” While Boles’ concoction of folk and country influences sounds seamless, he’s fully aware of the nuances. ‘A folk song is any song that contains the phrase ‘Oh, Lord,’ played on an out-of-tune guitar,’ he said. ‘The perfect folk song is usually about hookers or hoboes. On the other hand, the perfect country song is about dying, dogs, mama, trains and drinking.’
And for a Ventura guy, Boles has quite the twang – almost as if he sprang from the southern part of somewhere really southern, but that’s because he’s traveled extensively. He’s worked in the oil patch mostly, but he’s also mined for gold in Alaska and built boats in Washington and homes in Hawaii. ‘I took my twang out of the oil fields, but I got started at the campfire,’ Boles said.
‘I spent 15 years of my life during [gold] mining season, from May until October, living in a tent in Alaska,’ he added. ‘We had a real social camp that was like a gathering place for a hundred-mile radius. We used to trade songs, plus my big brother used to sing and teach me songs. I used to go to other camps and play for the miners, which led to me playing the clubs in Anchorage.’
All those road miles and campfires make for a serious repertoire of songs. In fact, Boles could probably play longer than the Grateful Dead in their heyday.
While venues come and go, and the current local music scene rages or stinks, Boles, for one, seems satisfied with the current local music scene. ‘It’s pretty hard the way music is these days to not live in the past, but I’m really happy with what’s going on,’ he said. ‘I really like Zoey’s in Ventura. Man, I’ve driven to Austin to find venues like that. I think the scene is getting better, but it’s always what you make it. Music is all about sharing emotions – the feeling. That’s what folk music is all about, spreading compassion for other people’s hardships.’
J Peter Boles
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[J Peter Boles plays] “a warm, sensuous harmonica that always seemed to be in the right place at the...[J Peter Boles plays] “a warm, sensuous harmonica that always seemed to be in the right place at the right time” . . .
"A Friendly Venue for Folk Singers"
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..."Boles, a small guy with a big set of lungs, has that classic folk voice with a rich range that f......"Boles, a small guy with a big set of lungs, has that classic folk voice with a rich range that fills the room and obliterates the idle chitchat"...
J Peter Boles Review
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Review by Solomon Bass [CD rated "A-"] “Boles is a local country-flavored folkie --judging from a...Review by Solomon Bass
[CD rated "A-"] “Boles is a local country-flavored folkie --judging from a twang like that, he must be from South Ventura. IMAGINE A LOCAL VERSION OF JOHN PRINE. Boles has the songwriting thing figured out, as proven by his sound advice from the first cut, [Don’t Cherish Your Regrets]. He's ably assisted by a number of the best local players including Jim Monahan and Danny Wilson. This Hoyt Axton-inspired former oil patch worker sings about dusty roads, lonesome highways, bad women and all those recurring themes for country singers and folkies alike”.
J Peter Boles CD Review
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by Chris Jay -- Local singer songwriter J Peter Boles has just released a simple and beautiful self...by Chris Jay --
Local singer songwriter J Peter Boles has just released a simple and beautiful self-titled acoustic disc. Featuring original folk tunes with some tasty playing by the likes of Dan and Mary Wilson to Chris Hillman, it's one of the best local releases of the year ... Perhaps Ventura is gearing up for an acoustic renaissance. It's about time.
“Bard Lane/Sweet Eagle Dreams” -- in TOP 500 SONGS OF 2010
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J Peter Boles’ “Bard Lane/Sweet Eagle Dreams” Voted in the TOP 500 SONGS of 2010 – BILLBOARD WORLD...J Peter Boles’ “Bard Lane/Sweet Eagle Dreams”
Voted in the TOP 500 SONGS of 2010 –
BILLBOARD WORLD SONG CONTEST
Concerts & Festivals Set List –
J Peter performs 30+ original songs, as well as a couple from his repertoire of 400+ cover songs in country, folk, bluegrass & blues genres. He’s available solo, or duo with Jim Monahan, or as the 4-piece “J Peter Boles Band.”
Public & Private Events Set List --
J Peter's a singer/songwriter performing hand-picked acoustic music. He has 30+ original songs, as well as a repertoire of 400+ cover songs in modern folk, country, rock, bluegrass & blues. He performs music ranging from Dylan to Johnny Cash, & from Jimmy Buffet to Donovan. Peter’s available solo, or duo with Jim Monahan, or as the 4-piece “J Peter Boles Band.”
The band’s available for private events within a 2 hour drive of Ventura, CA.