Peter Giri’s musical career began as a member of Cowboy, (under his real name, Pete Kowalke), a Southern country rock band signed to the legendary Capricorn Records. Known for heartfelt lyrics and amazing harmonies, Cowboy has often been credited with originating the sound later adopted by the Eagles and Poco. The band toured with the Allman Brothers on the East Coast for two years while gaining a devoted following nationwide.
Since then, Peter has mellowed into a gifted songwriter and performer in his own right, whether performing solo or with his band. Peter is also known as a masterful interpreter of others’ songs—and these interpretations are never just “covers.” You’re never going to hear the same old song you’ve heard many times before. He makes each song, from Dylan to Little Feat to Hendrix and more, his own, with variations of rhythm, vocals, and melody that bring them new life. Listeners often comment, when hearing him play a song by another artist, “He does that better than the original!”
Meanwhile, his infectious style of playing and soaring guitar solos, combined with an uncanny ability to create rapport with his audience, invariably bring everyone out on the dance floor, where they stay until the last note is struck. If you’ve never heard an audience go wild to Peter’s rendition of “Red, Red Wine,” complete with some added original vocal patter, you’ve really missed something.
Peter Giri is both old school and new school at the same time, crossing generational gaps with his timeless music. At a time when we really need both heart and message, not to mention a good dose of just plain fun, Peter Giri connects with his audience in a most meaningful way.