Peter Tork and Shoe Suede Blues

Peter Tork and Shoe Suede Blues


Take 1 pop icon and 3 of the best side men in the business, mix well and what do you get...? Peter Tork and Shoe Suede Blues serving up a banquet of original rock, pop, some well selected Monkees hits and a dash of the blues.


Peter Tork is a former member of the world-famous 1960s pop group, The Monkees. Peter has also put together a number of bands in the past, including The New Monks and The Peter Tork Project. He plays a myriad of instruments, including the 5-string banjo, piano/keyboard, drums, guitar, and bass. He performs on guitar, keys, banjo and lead vocals with SSB.

Arnold Jacks, is a much sought after and well respected side man who can hold down a bass line with the best in the business. AJ joined Shoe Suede Blues in the winter of 2006 and hit the ground running. He is simply one of the most phenomenal bass players around.


Long before "Peter Tork" became a legendary part of the prefab phenomenon known as the “The Monkees,” he was a well-respected musician/artist in the burgeoning New York folk and blues scene. Peter’s gift for playing a plethora of instruments (bass, guitar, keyboard, banjo and french horn) generated high demand for his services as a sideman/back-up artist. Peter knocked around for several hungry years in the mid-60’s, hanging and performing with the likes of John Phillips, Steven Stills, Dave Van Ronk, Van Dyke Parks and Arthur Lee. The list goes on.

The fateful call, which would change Peter's life forever, came in June of 1965. Friend and confidante, Steven Stills, not quite hitting the mark with his own audition, rung his buddy, urging him to give it a go. Twice. Stills remarks to the producers that he knew 'just the man to fill the bill' were spot on. Peter aced the audition for a what was to become a ground breaking multimedia project centered on a zany, young, rock/pop band - styled as THE American answer to the Beatles. The results were stellar and changed the popular music and television biz forever.

Peter, never totally satisfied with prefab fame though at the height of his pop icon status, stuck to his roots as a starving artist. He could forever be found jamming with bands, learning and honing his chops. Music legend Jimi Hendrix jammed with Peter on several occasions, calling Peter - “The most talented Monkee."

Peter has continued his solo career through the years, performing with his own bands, writing and recording and also making numerous guest appearances on a variety of TV programs.

Peter realized a real love affair with the blues sometime during the 1990's. The result of that love is called Shoe Suede Blues.

Defining Peter Tork and Shoe Suede Blues is akin to describing the history of popular music. Band mates Richard Mikuls, Jeff Olsen and Arnold Jacks have shared the stage with some of the most influential recording artists of the last 50 years: Ray Charles, BB King and Chaka Kahn - just to mention a few.

Though Peter’s band of seasoned pros, Shoe Suede Blues delivers a heartfelt soulful, uplifting and quite unforgettable mixture, divined from their vision of what music is all about.

Peter Tork and Shoe Suede Blues...witness that the heart and soul of music lives.


Shoe Suede Blues LIVE - 2001
Saved by the Blues - 2003
Cambria Hotel EP - European Release 2006
Cambria Hotel - January 27, 2007

Set List

SSB Original Cuts:
Saved by the Blues (CD title cut), I Run Cool, Even White Boys Get the Blues, Dress Sexy For Me, Ain't Your Fault, For Pete's Sake, God Given Grant, Good Looker, Cab Driver, The Mighty Are Fallin' and more...

Blues: Cross Cut Saw, Mojo,
Big Boss Man, Help Me Babe, Annie,
Slender, Tender & Tall, Kiss & Tell, Treat Her Right, Messin' with the Kid, Route 66, Come on into My Kitchen, Texas - Wine BBQ, Good Morning Blues, Black Drawers

Monkees Standards: Last Train to Clarkesville (slow blues version), (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone, Auntie Grizelda, Daydream Believer, I'm A Believer

Pop/Rock: Sea Cruise, Hitch Hike, She Belongs To Me, All Over Now, Werewolves of London

Trad: Bound To Lose (banjo)