Concerts in the Park 6/27: Peter Riley Osborne & The Truckstop Handshakes
Name:Concerts in the Park 6/27: Peter Riley Osborne & The Truckstop Handshakes
Date:June 27, 2018
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Peter Riley Osborne & The Truckstop Handshakes Peter Riley Osborne is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter from Eugene, Oregon. Raised in Corvallis, Oregon, Peter is a longtime fixture in the Mid-Valley music scene, playing guitar for local country guitar singer Gretchen Owens, a third of the trio You, Me & Pete, as well as various studio, recording, and live projects.
“About seven years ago, I had figured my music career was pretty much spent. I had played in a few bands in my early 20’s, but life took me in a different direction and while I loved playing guitar, it was mostly just something I did by myself at home. After moving back to Oregon from Washington, a friend of mine named Milo Skinner invited me to play music with him. I had not played in a band for almost seven years and had not really practiced much, so I was understandably rusty. Through the encouragement of Milo and my family, I began playing regularly again.”
“It was during one of my lunches with Milo and a few other musicians (mostly to work on songs or play jazz, which I am terrible at or just talk about life and music) that I presented a new song I was working on called Alright This Time. It was a fictional tale about coming back from tour and finding your stuff thrown out on the lawn and your girlfriend/wife gone. It was kind of silly and cliche, but it got me off my literary butt and back to writing music again.“
In 2015, Peter’s good friend and fantastic musician Milo Skinner passed away in a tragic plane accident. This loss was the catalyst for Peter to complete a song that he and Milo were creating together, “Alright This Time.”
Upon completion of the song, Peter realized that creating music was not just how he coped with loss and expressed love, but something he shared with his wife and his daughters. This led him to start a Kickstarter to fund the creation his debut solo album, homemade.
“So I launched a 'Kickstarter' to fund an album project. Over 40 of the best donors in the world helped me launch a project to create an album. As I sat in the studio to finish out the last few parts on my debut album, I realized I didn’t want to stop making music.”
Homemade is a mix of all the aspects of Peter’s life. Love, loss, addiction, faith, and family all find their way into the nine tracks on this blues, rock, and country-infused album. Pure blues tracks like Grace are slid between classic rock-sounding Blondes and funk-influenced The Way She Says My Name. Homemade. is an eclectic mix of musical influences, with the anchor of Peter’s voice, guitar playing, and the amazing rhythm section of Peter Yaskovic (drums) and Lance Seiders (bass) who form the core of The Truckstop Handshakes.