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May 4th, 2016 at 5:07 pm CDT
7 Hours and 13 Days after Prince died... 

My band fDeluxe has re-recorded "Nothing Compares 2U" as a tribute to Prince.   

The Family was the first to record this song on their 1985 self titled album, prior to Sinead O'Connor's popular version. 

Listen to Clare Fischer's beautiful string arrangement, featuring the players of STRINGenius, who have recorded with Prince on his last 3 records.


30 Years of Funk 

Crazy to think that 30 years ago today that #TheFamily record came out.  As I look back at that time, I remember bring in awe of “the machine” Prince had at his disposal.  He was at the top of his game, and I was the recipient of the greatest songs/concept I had ever heard.  I was also in awe of him and his ability to write, produce, conceptualize and play so many instruments. My family’s history is in jazz, so to have Clare Fischer’s harmonies over Prince’s relentless grooves really made everyone sit up…

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Music for the Good of the Many 

This last week was one of the busiest for my new company Peterson Music and Events, and the Paul Peterson Orchestra.  We provided the band for our 15th year for the Starkey Hearing Foundation.  We accompanied Gene Simmons, Jessica Sanchez and Matt Nathanson. We also played on 2 former presidents and many other stars ala The Academy Awards.  All this is to say that we are so proud to be a part of something GOOD —–This unbelievable organization raised over 9 million dollars to provide hearing for people who…

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Here’s my video log I did of DAY 2 of the NAMM... 

Here’s my video log I did of DAY 2 of the NAMM 2015. 

(careful, here come the name drops)

So fun to hang with Paul McCartney’s band, Alice Cooper, Joe Walsh, Oliver Leiber, Kat Dyson, Rick Barron, Donnie Cromwell, Lynn Peterson, Carl Burnett, Sheila E, Gilbert Davidson, Vince Wilburn Jr, Dean Brown, Gil Paris, Erik Madsen and SO MANY MORE!!!!

Giving Back and Kickin' Butt 

I was lucky enough to be asked to be on the board at the Southdale YMCA.  I never had thought I was worthy to serve in this capacity, but I am gonna give it my best shot.  

The "Y" is much more than a swim and gym.  They never turn anyone away if they can’t pay, and they have countless scholarships available so kids and adults alike can participate in the many programs they offer at our local branch.

Last year, my Edina Rotary friend Ann Platt who was the Chair of the Y board, asked me to put together a group…

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