Down From Montana –

I wasn’t born or raised in Montana. I probably won’t die there either, unless I go pheasant hunting with Dick Cheney. But, I did go to Flathead High School and I consider Kalispell to be home. There’s been a lot of water under the bridge since 1966, the year I graduated. This album is my homage to Montana. Some of it comes directly out of experiences I’ve had there. Some of it doesn’t. You can chalk the rest up to good ole fashioned lament, I suppose. Anyway, for better or worse, this is for my classmates.

Brown Grass Music –

When I called Paul Scholten of County Q Productions in Nashville, I told him I had an album I wanted to do (in what we know these days as) “unplugged.” He said that was great, that he loved cutting records that way, sort of like “Oh Brother Where Art Thou?” I responded; “well, let’s just say I want to do the album unplugged.” I’ve always thought of my favorite country music as being more along the lines of white trash blues, but I didn’t especially want to reveal that to Paul at the time. So, I sent him the work tape and he charted out the tunes for his hand-picked blue grass studio band to play on the album. When I arrived in Nashville and went into the studio, Paul told our sound engineer, Rob Matson, that we were going to spend the day cutting a “brown grass” album.

Okay. I can live with that. Maybe that’s a little more flattering than “white trash blues.” Maybe it isn’t. Either way, it's heartfelt and that's the point. Enjoy it.


Music & Lyrics by Pete Wilke

Lead vocals: Pete Wilke

Back-up vocals: Lorraine Devon Wilke, Pete Wilke

Music produced and arranged by Paul Scholten

Vocals produced, mixing and mastering by John Perez

Back-up vocal arrangements by Lorraine Devon Wilke

Music Sound Engineer: Rob Matson

Vocal Sound Engineer: John Perez


Drums, Percussion: Paul Scholten
Acoustic Guitar: Steven Sheehan
Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar: Joe Spivey
Steel: Russ Pahl
String Bass: Don Kerce

Music produced at County Q Productions, Nashville, Tennessee
Vocals, mixing and mastering at Audioworks, Glendale, California

cd & under cd photo by: Dillon Wilke

graphic design/other photos & web design by: Louise Amandes

Special thanks to: OBs Grill & Bar, Manhattan Beach, CA and Susan Willick for supplying the location for the album photo shoot.