This Texas-based band began in suburban Pittsburgh, with Jeff and Don Glatz, singer/songwriter brothers and pals, raised in a big family full of cops, comic books, the love of music (lots of music) and classic TV. With their harmonious blend of roots rock and alt/folk, Peacefield built a loyal following, playing shows in Pittsburgh, and receiving positive feedback and encouragement from local entertainment writers.
After a four-song demo EP quickly sold out, Peacefield recorded their first full-length CD, Narragansett (Green Sun Records). Critics praised the indie endeavor, and a song from the album was selected for Guide Wire Radio, which featured unsigned artists and was broadcast nationwide.
The CD opened some doors, and Peacefield played shows with 10,000 Maniacs, early Goo Goo Dolls, and Vigilantes of Love, receiving airplay on radio stations in Pittsburgh, Washington DC, Cleveland and New York, to name a few.
Peacefield's follow up, Curses & Calamity (King Mouse Records), was produced by Mike Ofca and Greg Joseph of The Clarks. The song "Warmer Side Of The Street" was featured in the major motion picture Kingpin, and their track "Little Mistress" was featured in the PBS documentary The Class of 2000.
In late 2006, Peacefield founders, Jeff and Don, loaded up their bags and moved to the Hill Country, just outside of San Antonio, Texas. With a new lineup of seasoned, backing musicians, they began playing some live shows, and released the melodically-quilted, 6-song EP, Feeling Dull, which met with local success and great reviews.
With that momentum, Peacefield got started on a new, full-length record. The band chose acclaimed producer, Bill Palmer, of Frogville Records (www.frogvilleplanet.com), to take the reigns on the project. The result is their latest, Stars Away, a sweet, heady mix of tunes that Robert Bartosh, of Roots Music Report, calls "unblemished" and "ingeniously performed" with "a new feel that is unconventional and captivating."
With the new CD ready for launch (and already available for downloading), Peacefield has been busy with a healthy schedule of both acoustic and full-band live shows. These melodic adventurers -- Jeff Glatz (vocals, acoustic guitar), Don Glatz (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica), all-around crowd-pleaser Paul Manz (lead electric and acoustic guitars), the classically-trained, multi-instrumentalist Marc Utter (bass), "Master of Keys" and Brent "The Hitman" Martin (drums) -- are ready for liftoff!
Yes! We love playing live!
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Remember, what happens on the road stays on the road!! It's an awesome feeling hearing the crowd singing along with your song.
It's constantly changing. We love Wilco, Pete Yorn, Ryan Adams, Gingersol, Minibar, Jayhawks, Peter Case. We grew up with the standard U2, Police but also listen to The Mission UK, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Plimsols, Replacements, Pixies. There's just to many to list!
We even dig the Bee Gees.
Jeff uses an electric Gretsch G5120, Chet Atkins solid through a Fender Blues Deluxe Amp & Rat Pedal and plays a Martin D28 acoustic, Don plays an acoustic Gibson Acoustic J-200 Studio.
Peacefield is like a vintage toy robot. Fun and whimsical. Virtually unbreakable. A little rust on some of the edges, but that just adds character. Comes complete, with all the bells and whistles, but never goes out of style. And when it makes music, its eyes light up.