A permanent fixture in today's Cincinnati music scene, Pete Dressman grew up in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. A self-taught musician and songwriter, Pete has honed his guitar and harmonica skills playing weekly gigs in his hometown and beyond. Opening up for bands like Big Head Todd and the Monsters and The Steve Miller Band at one of Cincinnati's hottest summer venues, PNC Pavilion, along with touring with G. Love and Special Sauce, Pete's diversity is clearly evident. His musical inspirations are varied and Pete has developed his own style and sound that can be described as acoustic alternative with just the right touch of blues and rock. His ability to create original songs that resonate with his audiences, have led to his strong and loyal fan-base. Pete's genuine, down-to-earth nature comes through in his song-writing and he plans to continue doing what he loves most – writing and performing music from his soul.
Pete Dressman and the Soul Unified Nation (also known as the S.U.N.) formed with its current members in 2006. Former Fickle drummer Daryl DeMoss and former Stonewater bassist Marcus Brodie provide the low-end while Pete's guitar, harmonica and heavily soulful voice define their 'in-your-face blues' style. Since their inception they have performed in music venues throughout the south and Midwest United States. They have acquired a strong fan base through their high-energy rock and groove filled live shows. The band is consistently offered opportunities to perform at various venues and clubs, especially in the Greater Cincinnati area due to their large crowd draw. Along with live performance exposure, Pete Dressman and the Soul Unified Nation have been featured on radio stations in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. In 2006 Pete Dressman was voted Favorite Solo Artist on Fox Network's MyNetworkTV national online competition. The competition lasted three months requiring people across the nation to vote for their favorite musicians. Pete became a semi-finalist after receiving over 8,000 votes and went on to the finals to win in the solo genre. His music will be featured on two of the MyNetworkTV national television shows. Pete Dressman and the Soul Unified Nation have opened up for national touring acts such as Taylor Hicks (American Idol winner), G. Love and Special Sauce, Fiction Plane, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Jon McLaughlin, Tyrone Wells, Marty Casey and Lovehammer (Rock Star INXS runner up) and top 40 chart topper, country musician Jake Owen. Pete's music was featured by Northern Kentucky University's Radio, Television and Film Department for a student music video project. The S.U.N. has also appeared on local radio shows, talk shows, cooking shows as well as participated in Cincinnati's Tall Stacks Music Festival where they were invited back for two additional shows throughout the weekend. To truly appreciate this trio you need to bear witness to their exciting show.
"This thing's begging to be on the radio. Smart and hard, soft and hearty, its full of water and fire". Those are the words of Music reporter C.A. MacConnell when she described Pete Dressman and the Soul Unified Nation's new album "The Current" in a March issue of City Beat. And that is exactly what to expect when you listen to "The Current" or when you see Pete and the S.U.N. live. Head banging, rolling on the ground, jumping all over the stage are common at their shows. But then the sound softens, and it is as if you have just ran into a sunny clearing after being on a mischievous trail through a jungle. Pete Dressman and the Soul Unified Nation want to take you on a ride that invites EVERYONE. And they hope people want to ride again. "There seems to be something in our band for everyone". Dressman says. "It is very apparent at our shows the diversity of people that like our stuff". Pete Dressman and the S.U.N. have toured with G. Love and Special Sauce and have opened for Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Tyrone Wells, and Jon McLaughlin. Dressman has also opened for Taylor Hicks and the Wood Brothers. Pete Dressman and the Soul Unified Nation have recently released their new album titled "The Current" on Feb. 2nd at The Madison Theater, where over 600 people were in attendance. Also their album was named to the Digstation.com's Best Sellers List for over three weeks. Songs from "The Current" have been played on radio stations all over the Cincinnati area and is regularly played on WNKU 89.7. The trio from the Cincinnati area has even started getting plays off their new CD in France!
Pete Dressman wrote the song "Share This World" to celebrate Magic Nutrition products that's become the company's theme song.
Once. Black. Jeremy. Why Go. Mention those words and I'm thrown back into the pits of the '90s, when Grunge devoured the music world. A true Alternative hurricane. Although I followed Pearl Jam cross-country, the closest I came to meeting the band was this scene: landing flat on my back on top of Vedder's boot. Ouch.
Singer/songwriter Pete Dressman has better Vedder stories than I do. Never thought I'd meet a PJ fan as bad as me, but I've met my match. He met Vedder at a Cubs/Reds game and he talked to him on the phone once. I surrender.
I've never been to Mac's Pizza, even though they stole part of my last name. Meeting Dressman is my first adventure there. Mac's is shadowy and spooky, with dark wood chairs and low lighting, but I can still see that Dressman is tired. Wearing a red bandanna to hold down his wild, curlyhair, he wears a tan corduroy jacket. Grinning, he describes the gig the night before as "something outta Wayne's World." Although he's visibly hurting from a hard night, Dressman's deep brown eyes hold a mischievous light, a spark that lurks beneath his dark looks.
Dressman says, "We were growing up during the whole Grunge explosion."
He studied Singles, Ten and Nevermind religiously, and his study of Grunge shows in the classic Alternative feel of his music, but not without his individuality bursting through.
"I dropped outta college (in 2005) and said, 'Let's do music,' " he says. "That's the only thing I think I understand -- songs -- structures of songs. For the most part, I can just feel where the song's gonna go. It's always been like that."
Soon Dressman added Daryl Demoss (drums) and Marc Brodie (bass). The idea for the band name, the Soul Unified Nation, came to him in a dream.
Dressman was voted the favorite solo artist in a national competition by a Fox Network-owned TV station, and he has opened for Taylor Hicks, G. Love & the Special Sauce, Tyrone Wells and more. Of his new CD, The Current, Dressman says it has an "Alternative Blues feel to it. It's got its Rock. It's got its slow songs. It has its political songs, and it has its upbeat love and dirty Blues. It kinda sucks everybody in together."
Dressman's star-quality voice shines on the title track, which begins with lone vocals, rolling into an open ocean sound. His voice holds deep drawls, an echo and a depth, combined with integrity, soul and a natural, catchy feel. Harder songs burn with guitars and drums and the vocals are tempting and rocking. Let me be blunt: This thing's begging to be on the radio. Smart and hard, soft and hearty, it's full of water and fire.
Then, over pizza, we start in on more old Pearl Jam war stories, as if we're chillin' on Stone Gossard's front porch or diggin' up Mike McCready's garden.