PETE RG, an American singer/songwriter/producer from Los Angeles, CA. The name, RG, is taken from his childhood moniker, Argy, an abbreviation of his lengthy, Greek last name, Argyropoulos. He’s hitting the road for a U.S. headlining solo tour in support of his third TENDER SOULS album along with his band: Brina Kabler (keyboards, vocals), Adam Kury (bass), Scotty Kormos (drums) and Kevin Haaland (lead guitar).
He lands in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, June 13 at The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls.
Born in Los Angeles to Greek immigrants, PETE RG grew up in a musical household. As working musicians, his parents inspired him to learn a variety of instruments and start playing band gigs while in college. Beginning in 1998 and up into 2007, he was the principal songwriter and lead singer with the popular indie band, Last December.
During that time he also laid the foundation for his solo career, with years of live shows that most recently included a 25 show, Spring 2016 U.S. tour with Candlebox. In its review of one club date, PancakesAndWhiskey.com pretty much summarized all that PETE RG offers to his audiences: “high-quality rock wth honest and engaging lyrics, a hammering backbeat plus gorgeous harmonies.”
His rich baritone voice became the center of a sound that has reached fruition on his full-length release, TENDER SOULS, which was released September 23, 2016 on his own 4L Entertainment label. Spacelab.tv spoke for many in confirming that he “doesn’t have to rely on gimmicks to make you feel moved — just good old-fashioned talent and personality.”
“As a songwriter, I’m always trying to express myself as best I can, lyrically and musically,” RG says. “On TENDER SOULS I feel I was able to do that without cutting corners or falling back into ambiguity. It’s a really good picture of where I’m at, with a lot of experience under my belt but also a lot of optimism.”
“Tender Souls” lyric video:
PETE RG credits Brina Kabler for helping him raise the bar on TENDER SOULS and on the road. “She’s my engineer, co-producer, mixer, keyboardist — and my fiancée,” he notes. “Whether onstage or in sessions, we’ve established a great give-and-take, where we learn from each other. We’re very much on the same level in terms of taste and inspiration. She helps me focus on what I do best. Brina is a huge part of everything I do.”
Other rave reviews of TENDER SOULS include:
“The warmth of a troubadour brought up on the traveling spirit songs of The Boss, and other canonical idols brings about a spark that rests in a kind of a warm subtle glow with a brightness to entrance the glass windows of a lantern.” – ImposeMagazine.com
“His soulful baritone delivers the catchy, pop melody fleshed out with understated, female harmonies. The track is driven by a propulsive, uplifting interplay of drums and guitar, which carries a message of hope.” – ElmoreMagazine.com
“Pete RG delivers energetic, yearning rock based around ringing guitars and shimmering textures.” – AllMusic.com
“Pete RG‘s post-rock sound packs enough power for him to be considered an arena rock contender while still remaining smooth and sophisticated.” – Diffuser.fm
“Speckled with hints of Neil Diamond, Leonard Cohen and Matt Berninger, RG is blessed to have a voice so unique, so enchanting and so captivating. It is that voice and its intrinsic charisma that will carry RG forward in the months and years to come.” – AbsolutePunk.com