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. 

Born on the West Bank of Minneapolis, The Dead Pigeons have been touring, picking, and perfecting their americana-roots sound for the past 6 years. Constantly evolving, The Pigeons remain steady at the core - a group of dedicated homegrown musicians with a unique brand that has captivated fans throughout the country. 

They have had the incredible opportunity to play many amazing festivals, including headlining Sioux River Folk Festival and The Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival. Their calendar has included a wide variety of venues, from breweries to theaters and house shows. Their debut album, “Even if I Knew,” has been a great success, going on its third pressing.  It is available for download or purchase on the website and at live shows. 

 

Drew Peterson - lead singer, songwriter, guitar, banjo
Mandy Fassett - fiddle, mandolin
Daryn Christensen - drums and percussion
 

West Bank folk rockers The Dead Pigeons specialize in a back-to-basics breed of Americana. The group is led by Drew Peterson, formerly of 40WattBulb, who has historically been a supporter of big-time Minnesota folk and bluegrass acts like Charlie Parr and Trampled by Turtles. ”

— -KT Lindemann, The Current

Front man Drew Peterson is a top-flight lyricist, a sardonic, scatological songwriter who tempers his mournful insights with gallows humor...The band employs acoustic guitar, mandolin, fiddle, stand-up bass and percussion to create a ragged, homemade sound that’s never forced or feigned. The aesthetic is as much DIY punk as it is folk, and it’s a perfect complement to Peterson’s acerbic worldview. ”

— -Ira Brooker, Art Hounds, MPR

This puppet-filled video for the Dead Pigeons' barroom bluegrass jam "Drunken Banjo" is one of the best videos I've come across in a while. The DIY nature of the clip complements the jaunty vibe of the song perfectly, while also highlighting the talents of the artful puppeteers themselves. The track is one of many highlights from the band's debut album, Even If I Knew, which coalesced during their five-year residency at Palmer's Bar. The Dead Pigeons are currently in the midst of writing and recording some new material that should be released at some point this spring, but for now just be entertained by repeat viewings of the crafty charms of "Drunken Banjo. ”

— -Erik Thompson, City Pages, Minneapolis

even if i knew

The Dead Pigeons

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