Music is run through wires, effects pedals, and speakers; mixed, shrink-wrapped, and doomed to the used bins. But the song is something entirely different…..dare I say sacred? The CD is to the song what a photograph is to the event: both attempt to harness abstraction into marketable, tangible forms. With photos and video, who needs to actually try to remember the events? With all these CD’s, who needs to sing a song?


Bellingham & Philadelphia
CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE OF COVER ARTWORK CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE OF  ARTWORK A split CD
Six Erik Peterson songs
and 6 of Robert's

Robert Blake is a true songwriter, reminding me always that the song is what matters more than anything. It sounds simple…but so do most revelations. The world drives relentlessly forward, but the people can’t help but look back and wonder if something was forgotten. Roberts’s songs unravel the mystery as to why Grandfather is more interesting than boring old dad.

Erik Peterson, Mischief Brew,   January 15th, 2003


Erik Peterson writes songs while waiting for the pot to boil. They fall out of him between the construction site, the classroom, the bar, and wherever else he happens to roll. I first met Erik a few months after moving to Philadelphia in the fall of 2000. We were playing a show together at Ray’s Basement in Bethlehem, PA. I broke a string, and he offered me his guitar. After I finished my set, and the usual shuffling about, Erik took the stage or rather, the room, by storm. In the same room where I had used a PA system, Erik-with horse voice, acoustic guitar, and his incredible songs-churned the room into a ruckus. He blew me away. Many performers can shake a room with charisma and energy but Erik’s songs themselves drive the hands to clap, the feet to stomp, and the ears to lean in and listen. Underneath the bodies moving and hands-in-the-air singing along, I heard songs that will be sung for a long, long time.

Robert Blake,   December 2002

The tracks from Philadelphia are:

  • Every Town Will Celebrate
  • OLD TYME MEM'RY  LISTEN
  • Boycott Me!
  • Dirty Pennies
  • Liberty Unmasked
  • Fare Well, Good Fellows

    The tracks from Bellingham are:

  • Marching
  • PHILADELPHIA   LISTEN
  • Railroad and Holly
  • On the Coast
  • Didn"t We
  • A Culture of Resistance
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