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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. 

Drew Peterson and Mandy Fassett

Firetrucker Brewing, 716 SW 3rd St, Ankeny, IA 50023

Drew and Mandy are making their Firecracker debut on November 30! Don't miss this incredible duo!

Born out of the desire to create a deeper musical connection between audience and artist, song and story, this duo is singer/songwriter Drew Peterson's most creative project yet. They offer a blend of Americana and bluegrass rooted in storytelling and influenced by Townes Van Zandt, John Prine and Cat Stevens. 

Peterson’s strength is lyrical wordplay backed by upbeat tunes. Also a solo performer, Peterson has, over time, shown his songwriting depth as the leader of two other successful Minnesota-based Americana groups, Forty Watt Bulb and The Dead Pigeons. Accompanied by the amazing multi-instrumentalist Mandy Fassett, the duo performs throughout the Midwest to crowds big and small.