Exploring Madison's Music Scene
Nov 26, 2013
02:06 PMLocal Sounds
Fallen Musician’s Music Keeps on Giving
When Pat Peterson died of brain cancer in February of this year, his wife of nineteen years and his ten-year-old daughter Jazmine lost a loving husband and father. The music community suffered as well, as Pat was a mainstay of the area’s scene for many years. Pat was best known as the leading member of the Pipe Circus, a funk/soul/R&B band based in Whitewater.
Recently Pat’s wife Ruth found some letters to Pat from Children’s Hospital. He had been a generous donor, and Ruth realized she wanted to carry on that giving tradition. She had decided to offer Pat’s voluminous recorded output as a way to donate to the hospital. If you buy a CD from now through the Christmas season, $5 will go toward the hospital. There are a limited number of signed copies available as well. Of course, when these are gone, they are gone. If you buy directly from Ruth she will send a bonus signed picture from those that remain.
Prices to buy direct are $15 for an unsigned CD and $20 for a signed CD, plus shipping and handling.
CDs can also be picked up at these locations:
- Tainted Luv. 141 W. Main St., Whitewater
- Knapton Musik Knotes. 2475 Milton Ave., Janesville
- McAuliffe's Pub. 2700 Meachem Rd., Racine
Pat left behind a lot of music. A new CD has been readied and is available now. It’s entitled Long Road and you can read a review here. The disc reveals many sides to Pat’s talents as a songwriter, band member and as a soloist. Ruth has indicated there may be as many as six forthcoming releases of Pat’s music. Brian “Looper” Lucas from WUSW Studios in Whitewater is engineering, producing and mastering these releases.
The Pipe Circus had a ferocious groove and was Peterson’s main project. Check out this video of the band performing “Shake dat Monkey” from an Urban Theater performance.
It can be said that a society can be measured by how well it takes care of the least among it. Even in the face of severe illness of his own, Pat Peterson continued giving right up until the end. You can share in Pat’s dream of having his music heard and in finding cures for sick children by buying the CD; and you’ll get some great locally-made music out of it as well. There can really be no better meaning to the season we call the holidays.