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Drew Peterson is an independent Americana singer-songwriter who has captivated fans across the Midwest for over 15 years. Since fronting the Minnesota-based group Forty Watt Bulb, Peterson has spawned two other successful Roots projects; the twangy, upbeat Dead Pigeons and bluegrass- influenced Boxstore Bird,paired with the incredibly talented multi-instrumental Mandy Fassett. 

Drew Peterson comes from a long line of musically inept Norwegian Farmers (unless you count Grandpa Pops, the town drunk,who played the harmonica and the concertina for booze/track/1056833/lenore).Peterson was not born with an amazing musical talent. Mom bought him a guitar at a church rummage sale for five dollars and it was then he decided he wanted to become a musician. Growing up on a farm in rural Minnesota, he tackled this endeavor the way he had been taught - hard work and lots of practice. And practice is what he’s been doing for 20 years. His passion has always been crafting lyrics and songwriting. 

Peterson has built a unique brand that transcends the genre. With clever, dry humor and thought-provoking lyrics, Peterson’s music is like oil over gravel. Drawing on influences from John Prine, Tom Waits, Cat Stevens, Van Morrison, among others, Peterson offers the world upbeat tunes with a soft- spoken gravitas that belies his years. 

With a performance style that can transform from intimate listening room to rowdy festivals and bars, Peterson always gives his heart and soul to the stage. And with each new performance, he works to connect with the audience through storytelling. 

Previous events

Drew Peterson and Mandy Fassett (Dead Pigeons Duo)

The Orpheum Theater, 426 Quincy St, Hancock, MI 49930

Drew Peterson and Mandy Fassett of The Dead Pigeons are returning to The Orpheum for an intimate night of original Americana! Doors open at 7:30, music at 8:30.

“Drew Peterson is a top-flight lyricist, a sardonic, scatological songwriter who tempers his mournful insights with gallows humor…" -Ira Brooker of Art Hounds, MPR

Drew Peterson and Mandy Fassett

Portage Brewing Company, 107 5th St S, Walker, MN 56484

Drew Peterson and Mandy Fassett are thrilled to be making their Portage debut on October 13! This spot is well known for its amazing beer, cool atmosphere, and super friendly staff!

Join them for a show full of original lyrically driven americana music starting at 5:30.

Pigeons Return to Oak Center for FINAL show!

Oak Center General Store, 67011 US Hwy 63, Lake City, MN 55041

We have been looking forward to this show since we played this legendary and amazing venue a year ago. We had such a blast and were blown away when they asked us to open the season again this fall. We can't wait to play some new songs and old favorites, and share a few stories and laughs!

Tickets are sold in advance in the store or through the mail. They are reasonably priced at $15 per seat in advance, or $18 at the door, with an option for low income (more info at

One Week Live with Drew Peterson and Mandy Fassett

Beaners Central CoffeeHouse, 324 N Central Ave, Duluth, MN 55807

One Week Live Vol. 17 live recording with:

Biochemical Characters

Drew Peterson

Rich Mattson and the Northstars

Tickets: $6 each night

$25 week long pass available here:

All Ages!

Oletoberfest with Drew and Mandy!

Copper Trai Brewing, 410 30th Ave E #103, Alexandria, MN 56308

Lots of fun festivities planned for Oktoberfest at Copper Trail, including free music by Drew Peterson and Mandy Fassett from 7-10!

“Drew Peterson is a top-flight lyricist, a sardonic, scatological songwriter who tempers his mournful insights with gallows humor…" -Ira Brooker of Art Hounds, MPR

The Dead Pigeons

Wunderbar Eatery & Glampground, 1615 Minnesota 61 W, Grand Marais, MN 55604

The Dead Pigeons are excited to be making their Wunderbar debut in September! Join them for a fun night of original Americana and Bluegrass tunes!

"The Dead Pigeons have come to be known for their infectious, foot stomping sound - an original mix of upbeat barroom bluegrass and lyrically driven ballads. One day they excel at corralling a rowdy festival crowd and the next they are captivating a discerning theater audience."