July 10th, 2014|Categories: News|

ON SCREEN: “Wonder” from the new Droge & Summers Blend EP will be featured in the pilot for a new TV show airing this fall. Details later.

ON STAGE: I will perform a few songs at The Triple Door in Seattle on 8/2/14. The gig is billed as Ian Moore & Friends. I’m one of the friends. I imagine the gig to have a feel of singing around a campfire, which Ian and I do from time to time. Info HERE.

ON THE AIR: The Droge & Summers Blend will visit the XM Radio studios in D.C. this month to play a handful of songs.

IN THE STUDIO: I spent time in L.A. a while back working with producer Mark Howard on a new Jaime Wyatt record. In addition to co-writing two songs, I lent some guitar touches to the project. In case you don’t know who Mark is, he is best known for having been Daniel Lanois’ right hand man. For more on Jaime click HERE.
I’ll be back in L.A. later this month to cut basic tracks for a new Moody Little Sister album. I am executive producing. MLS are a duo from Portland comprised of Naomi Hooley & Rob Stroup. Check out their website HERE. We’ll be joined in the studio by two members of The Blending Crew*, Jay Bellerose & Jennifer Condos, plus guitarist Bob Dunham.
I am also contributing to new music by a Seattle artist named Holly Grigsby. My friend Scott Weiss is producing. We cut harmonies recently and have plans to track guitars soon.

That’s it for now. There are other fun things incubating… more on those next time.




  • The Blending Crew are the musicians who contributed to The Droge & Summers Blend Project.


March 25th, 2014|Categories: News|

For a limited time get 33% off of everything, including the new Droge & Summers Blend Volume Two EP, at THE PUZZLE TREE STORE.

Enter the following discount code at checkout: blend

If buying direct from the artist is not your thing, you can also find it on iTunes, Spotify and the like.

Or if you are old school, brick and mortar, find an independent record store near you by visiting www.thinkindie.com. (Be sure to call them first to make sure they have our record in stock.)

Over and out,



February 11th, 2014|Categories: News|

I am happy to announce the release of The Droge & Summers Blend Volume Two. The five-song EP will be available at independent record stores nationwide on March 25. Visit THINK INDIE to find a store near you.

On February 18, we will launch a PLEDGE MUSIC pre-order campaign. By pledging you will gain immediate access to the whole record via digital download. Plus you can pre-order the CD, t-shirts, a coffee mug, poster & more. Also available will be two one-of-a-kind items: a mosaic guitar by Elaine Summers, and original folk art by me, Pete Droge.

Regular readers of the All Droge News Compendium know that this record was long in the making. We are thrilled to finally share it with all of you. To stay updated, like us on FACEBOOK.

Calico the Band recorded a song I co-wrote with Elaine Summers & Jaime Wyatt. I contributed slide guitar to the recording as well. The song was recently featured on the ABC hit, Nashville.

Last November I spent a couple of days in the orbit of Crosby, Stills & Nash. Elaine and I sang two songs for the aforementioned icons at their EMP Founders Award ceremony. It was nerve-wracking at first, but after making eye contact with Crosby bobbing his head to the groove and sporting a very satisfied, squinty-eyed smile everything clicked into place. Also singing songs from the CSN canon were Jason Mraz, Shawn Colvin, Brandi Carlile, Head & the Heart and other luminaries. EXTRA! EXTRA!

The CSN gig was not the only time I left the house this winter. I sat in with Kim Richey in Gig Harbor. LOOK!

I donated an unreleased song called “First Kiss” to a compilation benefiting Compassion Through Action. LISTEN!

I have signed on to executive produce a record for Portlanders Rob Stroup & Naomi Hooley. Stay tuned.

On the stovetop: Earlier today, I pulled some Mike McCready tracks from the metaphorical freezer and placed them on the front burner. On my to-do list I’ve been looking at a task called “Shape up McCready tracks” for over two years. I have not been successful at finding a clearing in my schedule wide enough to devote my full creative attention to these sonic experiments. So, even though I have other things cooking these days, I have decided to apply at least a touch of heat. Once they are fit for consumption, they are likely to be part of a charity record. WATCH!
Until next time,


May 20th, 2013|Categories: News|

Stone Gossard’s new solo record, Moonlander, is rolling out now at PEARLJAM.COM. He’ll be streaming one song a week until the album’s release on June 25. I served as executive producer, and contributed backing vocals, guitars, percussion and one mix. Regular readers of the All Droge News Compendium know that this project has been brewing—on and off—for many years. I am thrilled this work is finally seeing the light of day.

“Sunday Painter,” an instrumental outtake from a few years ago found a home as the soundtrack for the trailer of Sam Jones’ new venture, Off Camera. Off Camera is a website, magazine, tv show and podcast featuring long-form conversational interviews. I found the latest interview with Robert Downey Jr. so facinating, I actually watched it twice. WATCH IT.

I recently composed original music for a national ad for State Farm. The spot is called “State of Remeberance” and is cute as hell. WATCH IT.

In other ad news, I worked on a new batch of national tv spots for McDonald’s. You can see the long-form versions of all the ‘Suppler Stories’ HERE on their new, super-groovy website.

FX’s Legit, starring Jim Jeffries, featured “Going Whichever Way the Wind Blows” over the end credits of a recent episode.

With each Quarterly Report I’m more and more astounded with A Lot Like You’s life span. The film’s got legs. And a knack for winning awards. Most recently our tireless director, Eli Kimaro, picked up the the Jason D Mak Award for Social Justice at the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival in Eugene, OR. READ THIS POST on the ALLY blog for a great summation of where we’ve been and where we’re headed.

BLEND UPDATE: Since we had written a batch of new songs, Elaine and I decided to expand The Droge & Summers Blend from a 5-song EP to full-length. We enlisted veteran engineer, Russ Fowler, to cut basics and help flesh out our existing tracks. Now that Russ has returned home to Atlanta, plenty of work remains. After I post this update, my intention is to completely unplug from everything else and focus on the record until it is done. We’ll see if that happens.

STUDIO NEWS: We recently plunked down for a new ProTools HDX rig complete with 32 ins and out via 2 HDios. The sound is fantastic. Other recent additions include a Taylor 655ce 12-string, a Beyer m160 ribbon mic, an ADL 1000 and a cigar box ukulele I stumbled across in Athens, Ohio.

Okay. That’s it for now. Time to go make music.

Until next time,


QUARTERLY REPORTS: Summer & Fall 2012

December 13th, 2012|Categories: News|

I’ve had a hard time carving out time to write my Quarterly Report. Here is a quick look at some of what’s been going on.

Today, I’m working on a friend’s record. The project is hush-hush. As soon as he is ready to let the cat out of the bag, I’ll spill the beans.

I am in the middle of creating music for two national TV spots. Until the spots air, I’m sworn to secrecy.

Now, onto what I can tell you about. Back in June, I knocked out music for another McDonald’s tv spot. You can view the the extended web cut HERE.

In August, I composed an original score for Ward Serrill’s short, Catching Fire. We submitted the film, which tells the story of Peter Scott’s work at Burn Labs, to GE’s Focus/Forward Filmmaker Contest. We made it to the semi-finals. You can view and vote for the film HERE.

I performed at an event called SMooCH (Seattle Musicians for Children’s Hospital) at The Triple Door on December 7. Also on the bill: Brad, Rachel Flotard, CFO, The Young Evils, Stag, Carrie Akre and the Sangster Family Band. We raised about $150K!

In A Lot Like You * news, we picked up another award. Our director, Eliaichi Kimaro, was on hand to receive Toronto’s Female Eye Film Festival’s Best Documentary statue. Have a LOOK. In more festival news, the film will screen for opening night of the SEATTLE ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL. on January 25. For the small screen, an hour-long cut is ready for its television debut where it kicks off a new season of PBS‘s AfroPop on January 22. Check local listings. And, an interview with Eli was featured on the front page at www.npr.org a while back. Check out the story HERE.
There is so much more… for all the latest A Lot Like You news CLICK HERE.

BLEND UPDATE: Like I said in my Spring Quarterly Report, Volume Two from The Droge & Summers Blend is coming along slowly, but slowly. We’ve made a few brush strokes here and there, but for the most part the record has been put on ice. In the words of Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore, “Someday, this war’s gonna end.” In our case, it’s more like, “Someday, we’ll find time to finish our record.”

In line after Blend is my yet-to-be-named collaborative project with Keith Lowe. We are exploring our mutual love of ambient music. I have other collaborations brewing for 2013 too. More later.

In Puzzle Tree Studio news, we recently consulted with an acoustician on revamping our control room. We flipped everything around 180 degrees and it sounds amazing. We’ve also acquired some new toys: a Goodall guitar, a Yamaha U3 piano and a sweet Lawson mic.

Until next time,

Regular readers of the All Droge News Compendium—ADNC for short—know that in addition to composing the score, I am also one of the film’s producers.


April 25th, 2012|Categories: News|

ABC’s Castle used the Droge & Summers Blend song “Sad Clown” in the background during a bar scene. I tuned in, but got so sucked into the plot that I didn’t even notice my own song playing.

Vanity Fair featured a track from the A Lot Like You soundtrack album in a behind-the-scenes video glimpse into a photo shoot with Sam Jones and thirteen top character actors. HAVE A LOOK.

Ron Gatty’s new digital single, “All in the Dream” is out now. (I executive produced and mixed the track.) It was love at first listen and I’m proud to have played a part in bringing this beautiful song into the world. Director John Jeffcoat created a stunning music video for the track. HAVE A LOOK.

A Lot Like You * is going strong almost a year since its world premier at SIFF. Momentum keeps building as we win awards and receive glowing press. After presenting our director, Eliaichi Kimaro, with their Best Documentary award, the SFIAAFF jury had this to say: “This layered documentary starts with a familiar exploration of mixed-race identity as the narrator searches for her roots, but brings the discussion to surprising levels of personal and political self-awareness. Fresh and inspired, tender and uncommonly smart, A Lot Like You triumphs as an exemplary work of first-person documentary for the 21st century.”

LIVE PERFORMANCE ALERT: I will play a short set before a screening of A Lot Like You in Portland, Oregon on Sunday, May 20 at The Mission Theater. Doors are at 6PM. Tickets & info HERE.

For all the latest A Lot Like You news CLICK HERE.

BLEND UPDATE: When friends ask how the next Droge & Summers Blend EP is coming along, I say, “Slowly, but slowly.” One reason for the relaxed pace is that I am making time to experiment with techniques I learned from Tchad Blake last year at Mix With the Masters. Also, I am “pre-mixing” some of the basic tracks before we start lobbing a bunch of overdubs into the fold. And thanks to Jay Bellerose, Scott Weddle, Jen Condos, Dave Hull and Matt Chamberlain, I have some very inventive and inspired performances to make the most of. Even though these tracks are getting a little long in the tooth—we cut the basics back in 2009—Elaine and I are as excited as ever to flesh them out.

Until next time,

Regular readers of the All Droge News Compendium—ADNC for short—know that in addition to composing the score, I am also one of the film’s producers.


January 23rd, 2012|Categories: News|

I finished out 2011 creating music for a series of television commercials. Three original pieces span eleven broadcast spots and three webisodes. You may be familiar with the client—they’re called McDonald’s. Spots are airing nationally now. HAVE A LOOK.

A lot is a lot happening with A Lot Like You.* We won the only award handed out at ADIFF in New York, and we won Best Documentary at MIBFF in Montreal. Director, Eliaichi Kimaro was recently interviewed by BBC Radio and Warren Etheridge for his in-depth interview program, The High Bar. Plus, there’s a huge spread coming in The Seattle Times on January 28th. And there’s so much more. VISIT THE ALLY BLOG for all the latest.

I mixed and executive-produced a track for singer-songwriter Ron Gatty. I am currently playing matchmaker in hopes that John Jeffcoat will direct a video for this beautiful song.

Elaine Summers and I made a video for Vashon Island Pet Protectors that features a new song called “With a Little Help.” WATCH IT.

Shawn Smith’s CEDARWOOD EP was released late last year. Here is what Shawn had to say about how the record came about: “Sometime in 2007, Stone Gossard invited me down to the studio for 4 days of recording. The group was Stone, Pete Droge, Lonnie Marshall and Shawn Smith (me). Maybe it was 3 days, I can’t quite remember. I was the singer, Lonnie played bass, Stone and Pete played guitars as well as sharing drum duties. I played drums on one. Stone brought in the music and then we all added our parts as we recorded. I wrote all the vocal melodies and lyrics. It was very organic and if memory serves, one of the more enjoyable recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. This group of songs, these mixes, are what I walked out of the studio with after our session. They haven’t been touched since.”

Two tracks from the A Lot Like You soundtrack album are featured in a new trailer for the documentary film, Christiania. Visit their KICKSTARTER PAGE to check it out.

I contributed vocals to a benefit album called The Shakers’ Sessions. The album is out now. For more info CLICK HERE.

Today, I am working on a song that I co-wrote with Yoshi Breen and Elaine Summers called “Nothing in the World.” Yoshi’s new side-project band wanted to cut the song and feature me as a guest. While the basic tracking took place in southern Holland, I chimed in with production ideas from Vashon Island via live stream. As soon as I am finished adding my vocals and guitars, I’ll send files back so they can finish up their bits and release the song later this year.

As soon I get “Nothing in the World” off of my plate, my attention will return to The Droge & Summers Blend. We are chipping away at Volume Two, the long-awaited follow-up to Volume One.

Until next time,


*Regular reader of The All Droge News Compendium—ADNC for short—know that in addition to composing the score, I also served as one of the film’s producers


September 30th, 2011|Categories: News|

I recently spent a week in the south of France attending Mix with the Masters. The teacher for the week-long seminar on record production was TCHAD BLAKE. I returned to my studio re-energized and inspired beyond belief. I hope to find time to share thoughts about this life-changing experience. In the meantime, a PHOTO.

The mini-documentary Something in the Water will air nationally on the PBS show American Masters. The piece, directed by Ward Serrill, turns a lens on the current Seattle music scene. In addition to composing a bit of original music, I kept an ear on all things music and audio. Air date is Friday, October 21 following the television premier of Cameron Crowe’s Pearl Jam doc PJ20. Check local listings.

A Lot Like You director Eli Kimaro screened the film and gave the keynote address at Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s annual conference. View her keyote address HERE. Regular All Droge News Compendium readers know that in addition to creating the music, I also served as one of the film’s producers. ALLY also made it’s Canadian premier at the Montreal International Black Film Festival. Here are some upcoming screenings:
OCT 2: FILMWAX FILM SERIES (Brooklyn, NY) Eli attending. Info HERE.
OCT 5: ARTISPHERE (Washington DC) Eli attending. Tickets HERE.
OCT 7: ASIAN ARTS INITIATIVE (Philadelphia) Eli attending.

GREAT CAUSE #1: A track I worked on with Stone Gossard ages ago was recently unearthed and included on a great 3CD set call Live from Nowhere Near You-Vol 2. All proceeds go to Outside In, a Portland, Oregon non-profit focused on providing aid and counseling to homeless youth.

GREAT CAUSE #2: I just mixed a live in-studio performance of my song, “Under The Waves” that is to appear on a charity record called Joey’s Song. Look for it next year.

GREAT CAUSE #3: I am about to begin work on a new song called “With a Little Help” with my partner in crime, Elaine Summers. The song will provide the soundtrack for a short video we are making that will screen at Vashon Island Pet Protectors annual fundraising event, The Fur BalI. Tickets HERE.

The Caspar Babypants record that I played on is out now. You can buy it HERE. Piper O’Neill made a groovy animated video for the song I played on. Check it out HERE.

There are other irons in the fire—post about them as they shape up.


July 19th, 2011|Categories: News|

I’m going to knock this report out faster than usual. Punctuation and grammar perfection be damned. Who’s got time for such trifles? It’s summer. And if I’m not hunkered down in the studio, or setting up vacation replies on my email accounts, I should be outside enjoying the cold. (You Seattleites know what I”m talking about.)

We made a nice little video for the A Lot Like You soundtrack album. The film’s editor Eric Frith put it together using photos from the album art shoot taken by director Eli Kimaro. WATCH IT

I talk about how working on the film A Lot Like You led to profound changes in my personal life in the bio for the soundtrack. READ IT

The Droge & Summers Blend is back on the front burner. Elaine and I have picked five songs that will comprise Volume Two. All five tracks are in various states of undress.

I’ll be composing original music for a Ward Serrill directed mini-documentary that will air nationally on the PBS show American Masters.

Dutch songwriter and recording artist Yoshi Breen stopped by The Puzzle Tree Studio for a writing session. We hit it off and wrote what we believe is a cool song. Not sure how soon we’ll be able to get this one recorded.

Singer-songwriter, Todd Mayo has a great track brewing at The Puzzle Tree Studio. This is the first bit of production I’ve done in a long while. Not sure whether this will come out soon as a single, or later as part of a collection. In any event, keep an eye on the All Droge New Compendium (ADNC for short) for updates. Until then: A CLIP

Branden Harper and I were happy to be guinea pigs in Michael Cozzi’s new studio. His drum room sounds amazing. Michael has a great Tumblr page chronicling the building of his new studio HERE. See photos of the session on my blog, PUZZLE TREE JUNK DRAWER.

Caspar Babypants Sing Along comes out on August 16. I played on the album’s closing track, “Baby Cloud.” A video is in the works. (Caspar Babypants is Chris Ballew of The Presidents of the United States of America making kid music.)

Seattle International Film Festival was a whirlwind. ADNC regulars know that my film, A Lot Like You, made its world premier there this Spring. My reputation as a recluse is in serious jeopardy. I more than fulfilled my party quota for the year. Here is a bit of the press I did for the film: INTERVIEW LINK

Until next time,


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