Peter Case

Peter Case
Cactus Café
Austin, Texas

Singer, song-writer, producer and guitarist Peter Case remembers beginning his music career at an early age after his mother bought him a Mickey Mouse ukulele as his very first instrument. As he grew older, aspirations of becoming the next Elvis Presley motivated Case to travel the U.S. until he joined the Nerves in 1976. Four years later, after the Nerves disbanded, Case helped found the Plimsouls but later left to start on what has been an extensively successful solo career. Since then, Case has been nominated for Grammy Awards for his solo music twice and in 1986 had his album titled Peter Case named best record of the year by The New York Times.

Case also entertained his audience with intricate stories of his youth and journey between songs. For example, songs like “Million Dollars Bail” and “Ain’t Gonna Worry No More” mix in themes from times when Case was traveling to San Francisco as young adult all on his own. Other songs like “House Rent Party” showcase Case’s variety in sound and ability to switch moods at the drop of a hat as he goes from an easy flowing folk tune to more of an elaborate indie-rock song. What was most interesting, however, was the way Case lowered a guitar string’s tuning until it was but a raw thump when plucked. The cacophonous noise was then transformed into a creatively innovative drone bass line in “Thirty Days in the Workhouse,” proving Case to be quite the inventive musician.

Today, Case has expanded his fan base by winning over the hearts of thousands all over the world. He continues to tour and expand his solo career, growing alongside his music as he discovers new ways to further develop his music.

by Michelle Marie Garcia