Pete Minda has been writing songs about livin and lovin for over twenty years. His work has taken him to New York City through his hometown of Kansas City and to his current residence, the musical heaven that is Austin, Texas.
His music is an amazing blend of Rock, Folk, Blues and Country, not excluding the 70s era pop music he grew up listening to with his parents.
If you see Pete Minda live it will be either him playing solo, as a duet or with a full band. In all instances you will get a sincere and energetic show with a high level of musicianship.
Here on AmericanaOK we are always being asked, “what is Americana”. I used to try and give a definition which invariably left the questioner bemused. Now I say take a listen to “Long Way” by Pete Minda. It’s a collection of very fine songs that embrace many of the influences that form the genre known as Americana. But, don’t listen as an academic exercise; listen for the pure joy of hearing a collection of songs that will stay with you for a very long time. Pete Minda has come a “Long Way” from his hometown of Kansas City via Austin to Brooklyn so welcome his arrival by listening to this fine collection of songs."
Fans of local heroes such as Freedy Johnston, Chad Rex and former Pedaljet Mike Allmayer will find a lot to like about Pete Minda, a Kansas City native who's been working quietly in our midst since last year. After stints in New York and Austin, Texas, Minda is making music here in his home studio. Clearly moved by such damn fine influences as Dylan and Lennon but also more than comfortable with country choices, Minda ranges from talking-blues numbers such as "Long Way" to "Four Chord Waltz," maybe the best-ever explanation of a musician's fragile love.
Americana from Austin from a man who reminds me of one of the melancholy west coast singers/songwriters of the previous generation, such as Warren Zevon or Jackson Browne. Folk rock with a pop feeling, with a little rock and soul stirred in. The arrangements are attractive if not immediately explosive. The guitar, for example, is somewhat hidden in the mix, but only with repeated listens is it noticeable just how good the guitar playing (keyboard playing, drums) in fact is. A rather introverted album that only reveals its secrets -- as is often the case with this sort of disc after repeated listenings. An old-fashioned disc that grows on you with ten excellent, self-composed, songs. Nice!
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Review of Pete Minda's 2007 album, Long Way from The Big Western Flavor Music Blog
Solidly written and performed "adult contemporary" music is difficult to create, and it's equally difficult to pinpoint what separates good work in this field from the unimaginative and impersonal material that gluts it. It's hard work doing uncool well, which is why James Taylor is still packing theaters even though critics and hip musicians refuse to recognize his influence. Also Chicago and Steely Dan.
Austin's Pete Minda doesn't knock every track on Long Way out of the park, but he makes a lot of solid contact. His songwriting is band-conscious, using the rhythm section and added touches like the accordion of "Memory to Me" to distinguish the tunes from each other. There's a foundation of acoustic strumming in the mix, but it doesn't dominate and importantly it doesn't push every song into the same kind of feel. Lead guitar parts diversify the tracks and play off of the vocals nicely.
The strongly arranged main body of the record is well-complemented by the final track, a solo acoustic take of the fine "Kansas City Coming Home" that displays that Minda is highly skilled at maintaining the drama of his full-band performances in a solo setting. The way he adapts his vocal style, very understated through most of the record, to really sell "Kansas City" is representative of his subtle but refined skills. Long Way isn't currently stylish, but heartfelt and honest never go entirely out of style either.
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