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As the youngest of 7 children, Petey Hop was exposed to all kinds of music as a child. His parents were swing babies who loved the likes of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, The Dorseys, Sinatra and Duke Ellington. His six brothers and sisters gave him the influences of R&R like The Beatles, The Stones, The Who, Cat Stevens, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Neil Young, and many others.
After studying his teenage years with ex Peter Frampton Alumni, Ed Monteleone, who opened his eyes to Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed and others, Pete went on to study at G.I.T., eventually graduating with honors. Through his studies Pete was able to create a well developed finger picking style and deep understanding of the roots music.
Working mostly in the trio format for over 15 years, on over 3500 live dates, Pete is able to communicate his roots, yet convey a style all his own. Pete is equally comfortable as a solo acoustic performer, small combo rocker or big ensemble player.
Pete has a huge appreciation for all styles of music, from Hank to Hendrix, Duke to Dylan, Bach to Buck, Son House to Son Volt or Muddy to Miles. Steeped in electric blues from T-Bone through Stevie Ray, with a good understanding of early country blues as well, Pete has a deep well to draw from. A big fan of early country music by Hank, Johnny and Jimmie w/a healthy dose of Bakersfield, Outlaw and Alternative Country to thicken the roux.
The original material that Pete writes is eclectic to say the least, running the gamut from straight ahead Rock & Roll, Americana, Electric and Acoustic Blues, Country, Singer-songwriter, Alternative, and other influences.
In addition to being an accomplished singer/frontman, Pete is a sought after sideman. Mitch Woods regularly calls him to be one of his East Coast Rocket 88’s, even taking him to Greece for a two week residency at the Half Note Jazz club in Athens in ‘08-’09. With Mitch, Pete has played The Rhythm and Roots festival, The Michael Arnone Crawfish Festival, The Chenango Blues festival. Pete was lucky enough to share the stage once with one of his idols, Hubert Sumlin, and twice w/ Pinetop Perkins.
Pete and The Wallbangers have been featured on; WPDH, Pete solo on WDST’s “Blues Break”, WVKR, and The Listening Room and w/the Wildcards on WPKN’s “Antique Blues”.
With one original R&R album to his credit, “Stepping Stone” for sale through iTunes, as well as other tracks, Pete has lots more music still to come.