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EYE OF THE PETE  It seems like, lately, life is always somehow getting away from us. The work week is longer, the weekends shorter and good old conversations have been replaced by tweets and snapchattery. We wake up early, go to bed late and all we really have to show for it is a stomach full of stress and a face full of eye bags. Maybe it’s time we slow things down a little.

Enter Pie Eyed Pete & The New Dealers and a little something they call “Slowgrass.” A self-styled genre of music and a way of life. Listening to their forthcoming new release is like grabbing a beer, heading out to the porch and spending an afternoon strummin’, pickin’, and fiddlin’ away the hours. The nine tunes on their new record "Songs For Sunday" show that life’s like a song: it’s not about how many notes you can cram into it, but actually all about what happens in the space between the notes.

With on Cathie Van Wert Menard on fiddle, Jim O’Donnell on banjo, Ed Sullivanon bass, Andon Davis on Mandolin, Peter Cimbalo on Guitar and vocals and Sheila Cimbalo contributing tight vocal harmonies, The New Dealers style is an authentic, relaxed yet playful vibe that keeps your toes tappin’ and has you singing along by the time the chorus hits. This is a lo-fi band in a Wi-Fi world and they couldn’t arrive at a better time.

So, while life is probably not going to slow down anytime soon, Pie Eyed Pete & The New Dealers will always be close by, playing their “Slowgrass for the people”, and reminding you to “forget your dreams, we’re going out tonight.”

When he is not doing his own thing, he is also the bassist in the acclaimed and explosive Ike Reilly Assassination, whose new record, Crooked Love, is blowing up as we speak!. Catch him this summer on tour with Ike! Check out the shows page for all tour dates.

Pie-Eyed Pete’s natural habitat is the northern wilds of Chicagoland, where he resides with his mate, Sheila, and their spawn, Peter John.