Jeff Pike

Jeff Pike – Memories of Life and Times…

Posted by on Mar 10, 2018

Jeff Pike – Memories of Life and Times… Produced and arranged by Gino Vannelli. A sophisticated late-night jazz album of newly arranged classic compositions by Gino Vannelli, sung by Jeff Pike. “This will be an album of special songs to spend a quiet evening with, sipping tea or reflecting, or sitting with a friend or lover. As close to audio art as we can get.“ – Gino Vannelli I am honored to have the rare opportunity of a lifetime for an independent career musician such as myself which I would like to share with you. Over the past few years, I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to study voice, production, and songwriting under the excellent guidance of world-renowned vocalist, entertainer, producer and composer, Gino Vannelli. During the summer of 2017, I approached Gino with an offer to produce my vocals for my next project. He countered my proposal with a more compelling proposition that far surpassed my expectations and dreams. The opportunity to record new versions and sophisticated, easy listening jazz arrangements of Gino Vannelli classics in a project to be produced, arranged and recorded by Gino and his band. The chance to expand the legacy of Gino Vannelli’s music and to keep this kind of music alive is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and a lifelong dream come true. The only hitch is at this time I do not have a major recording label behind me, so I am looking for outside angel investors and private donations to help offset the cost of this high profile recording project. I encourage you to take the time to read all of the details about the project and hopefully consider joining our team so that we can make this unique and beautiful record a reality. Jeff Pike   Ross, Gino and Joe Vannelli back in the day – The 1970’s    A SHORT OVERVIEW For my summer of 2017 vocal masterclass, I decided to record one of Gino’s compositions, ‘Father and Son’, taken from his 1975 critically acclaimed album, ‘Storm at Sunup.’ Before our session, Gino contacted me stating that since the song was composed when he was 23, he felt compelled to rework some of the lyrics and the arrangement. The purpose was to bring the song up to date with where he stands today as an artist and as a man. After our completed sessions, Gino...

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Remembering Blue Jeans and Tom Petty

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017

  To me, the music of Tom Petty has always been like an old pair of my favorite Levi jeans. The kind I wore when I was a teenager and a young man. They always felt good, and the more you wore them, the better they felt. If you gained a little weight, then they would stretch with you. If you lost a pound or two, you could just tighten your belt and get on with the game. They never let you down. Of course, as time moved on, you might have taken them for granted when your Mom, Grandmother, girlfriend or wife had you try some brand new so-called designer Jeans. But you quickly learned the truth and went back to the real thing. As the good times and bad times moved on with life, they would hang right in there with you. A little worse for wear, showing some holes and a bit frayed at the bottom, but still fitting, hanging in there and keeping you cool. Or as cool as you thought you were, which was quite important, you know. They almost became a part of your body, a part of you. So much so that you could never dream of parting with them. You found comfort in knowing that you always had your favorite jeans to keep you comfortable through the day and that they would forever be there. Until one day either your Mom, Grandmother, girlfriend or wife throws them out, or they just finally fell apart with no warning. One day they are here. Next day they are gone. That is how I am feeling today about the sudden passing of Tom Petty. A daily comfort that I thought would always be with us is now gone forever, unannounced. Tom gave us pure and intelligent heartland rock and roll. He always delivered. He never stopped. He liked to play in jeans. Tom rolled with the changes like the coolest dude in school, man. For many like myself, he was a large part of the soundtrack of our youth, even if it was only on the perimeter, he was always there kicking serious ass with serious coolness. I got turned onto Tom Petty in 1978 with the release of ‘You’re Gonna Get It,’ but it wasn’t until the release of ‘Damn The Torpedos’ in 1979 that his music hit me right between the eyes...

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Headin’ out for the Labor Day Weekend Show…

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017

A1A at The Rock N’ Rails Music Festival Griffith, Indiana September 2, 2017 www.a1a-live.com   Another Labor Day Holiday Weekend is over, and I want to take a minute to thank everyone who came out and saw the band perform. We had three highly successful shows that were all extremely well attended. It was a fitting way to take out the season, although I am feeling a bit beat up today. The band played fantastic every night, and everyone had a great time. I have to say that after 26 years I am amazed at the huge number of people who continue to come to our shows and completely enjoy what we do. After so much time sometimes I forget just how much joy and happiness our performances give to so many people. I had a vast number of concert attendees talk to me this weekend. All of them expressing how long they have loved the band and how much our performances mean to them. It was quite humbling. I am very thankful and appreciative of everyone who has been part of A1A for so many years, both past, and present. I cannot stress to you how blessed I am to be able to play with the extraordinarily talented and world class musicians that I do. They give so much and push me to rise above my limitations which always make for a better show and sometimes a lot of laughs as well. I probably never thank them enough, but I want every one of them to know that what they have brought to A1A this year means more to me than I can say and that I would not have the incredible band I do without them. My 2017 A1A Heroes – every one a #1 in my life.   Audio Visual Production and Stage Management – Chad Stewart, Vance Kelly, Ansley Segraves and Mark Josephs   Band Management and Booking – Kathy Mullen and Vance Kelly Charts and Musical Director – Eric Baumgartner Background Vocals – Eric and Aretta Baumgartner and Taryn Carmona Drums – Wayne Viar, Adam Goodhue Steel Pan, Percussion, Madness, and Mayhem – Nico G. Bass – Rick Meeder Lead Guitar – Chris Blackwell, Jody Worrell, and Matt Alexander Keyboards – Eric Baumgartner and Dustin Cottrell Saxophone – Vance Kelly Trumpet – Todd Motter Trombone – Erik Kofoed The A1A Pirates – Tommy Morfoot and Joseph Foe Davis   Kathy Mullen – Band management, booking, merchandise management, plate Juggling, road manager, wardrobe, catering, transportation, stage decor and keeper of the flame. Ashton Pike – Social media, journalistic input, band blog, stage decor and merchandise management Rabun Hunziker and Jill Watson – Merchandise...

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August 13, 2017 – Celebrating the Life, Legacy, and Music of Dan Fogelberg

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017

  One warm spring evening in May of 1978, May 5 to be exact, I first heard the music of Dan Fogelberg.  I was on tour with my high school choir attending a mixer in Mobile, Alabama and I was 16 years old. I still remember vividly the house, the room, the moment, the turntable and the emotion I felt after hearing my first Dan Fogelberg song. The song was ‘There’s A Place In The World For A Gambler’ from his 1974 album ‘Souvenirs’. I immediately forgot about the party and sat down in front of the turntable for the rest of the evening playing ‘Souvenirs’ over and over until someone insisted that it was time to put on ‘Born to Run’ by Bruce Springsteen.  I succumbed to ‘The Boss.’  No worries I thought because by now my life had already been permanently altered and I was in another mind space and musical world.  I had a new path and a new star to guide my way. Music has been my lifeblood as far back as my parents, and I can remember. Those who know and understand me are aware of how many musical artists have strongly affected and changed my life.  It is just a large part of who I am. Some are impressed, and some roll their eyes, but there is no denying that for better or for worse my soul is the amalgamation of many musical artists and styles.  I could list dozens upon dozens of musicians whose music is ingrained in me forever, but very few have given me serious life changing moments that forever affected my path, music, soul, and spirit. For the sake of keeping this short, I will share with you today that Dan Fogelberg, Gino Vannelli, The Beatles, Alice Cooper and David Cassidy top the list. When I returned home from that 1978 choir trip, I was a different young man. My vision of the musician and artist I wanted to be had now completely changed, much like it had in 1975 when I first heard the music of Gino Vannelli. The very next day I went out and bought every Dan Fogelberg album, cassette and 8-Track I could get my hands on, and they immediately became my Bible.  I asked my parents for an Ovation acoustic guitar for my Birthday that summer and my life changed forever. The first of...

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Wayward Lover

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017

Wayward Lover

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Father and Son

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017

Father and Son

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Jeff Pike, A1A and The New Parrot Head Documentary

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017

    Jeff Pike and A1A were a huge part of the Parrot Head Phenomenon from the very beginning. Check us out along with a little bit of our early story in the first ever official documentary about Parrot Heads. One of the most loyal and dedicated fan bases in music history are the fans of Jimmy Buffett, affectionately known as the Parrot Heads . The legendary history of how this amazing sub-culture came to be will now be told in the original 90-minute documentary Parrot Heads. Directed by Bryce Wagoner, the film chronicles the birth of the movement when a young musician named Scott Nickerson, a big fan of Buffett s music, decided to put an ad in a local paper to corral any Buffett fans in the Atlanta area for a get together. What began as a small group of friends that would hang out on weekends has now grown into a worldwide organization known as Parrot Heads In Paradise, which promotes the message party with a purpose and has raised more than 40 million dollars in charity donations. Traversing the globe from Key West to Paris, Costa Rica to California, the international phenomenon is greater than ever and has even sparked its own genre of music, Trop Rock (short for Tropical Rock). Featuring never before seen interviews with Jimmy Buffett himself. You can pick up your copy today – Just ‘click here’ Also available on Netflix...

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Goodbye To An Old Friend

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016

It is a beautiful and crisp December morning here in Atlanta. It is the kind of morning that makes you feel good to be alive when you walk outside, look into the sky, breathe the chilly air and upon exhale watch your breath fade quickly out of sight. One second it is there and the next it is gone. I was outside this morning meditating on those thoughts, pondering my own problems and filling my heart with gratitude for the day when I heard that I had lost an old friend during the night. My heart sank and my eyes filled with tears when I heard of the passing of Stan ‘The Man’ Bowen. I have known Stan for well over 20 years or more, ever since the beginning and initial success of A1A. Looking back there was rarely a performance, convention, phlocking or get together we played where Stan wasn’t onstage with us sometime during the evening. From the very first time I met Stan and we got to know each other I realized what a kind, gentle, caring and authentic soul he was. We shared many good times, laughs, drinks and music over the years. I will miss him. Stan had a rare uniqueness about him that I don’t see much of these days. He was a friend to all with a big heart, big spirit and a contagious smile. As sad as it is to lose Stan during the Christmas season I feel in a way it is appropriate. It is a time to celebrate life, birth and new beginnings. Stan has been reborn and is celebrating the season much better than we are able to at the moment. May this thought bring his friends and family some sort of peace and comfort in the days to come. Jeff Pike December 15,...

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They Know, You Know and I Know…..

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016

I was speaking to a friend of mine the other day about how so many people tend to mourn musicians, artists, actors, actresses (and  I am sure with any vocation the same connection can be made, Military, business, etc.) whom they have never met or had any interaction with. This topic has always intrigued me and today I want to share my thoughts with you on this often debated emotional mystery. I believe that through music and the arts it is possible for humans to discover deep and inarticulate awareness about their personality, character, values, dreams, wishes, regrets, appreciation, love, addictions, fears, strengths, admiration, etc. The list goes on and on. Through music and art you grow and as you grow through life, music is right there beside you. Well, for most people. So over the course of time many songs and artists can become part of our personal history. They have the possibility of somewhat becoming a permanent part of our soul and DNA. A constant if you will. Music takes us places only we have privy to.  Music gently takes up permanent residence in parts of our soul, which no one else can gain access to, it makes our hearts feel deep feelings that only we know and can articulate to ourselves.  Music can be a safe haven, a close family member, a friend, a lover, a fantasy, a drinking buddy or a lifetime full of memories. Music can be whatever you want it to be.  It is the universe’s largest wormhole – a faithful and reliable time machine. The artist and/or songwriter in question has all of this power in your life so you feel a ‘natural’ connection to them- and when you lose one it can hurt, some more than others and sometimes quite badly. Recently and over the past two years we continue to lose what seems like an unprecedented number of inspirational and legendary musicians and artists. I realize people die every day who are not in the media and it is just time moving on, yet somehow it feels different. I think we take for granted the strangers who have found their way into our soul and spirit. We feel they will always be here for us to lean on, a constant comfort in our life that will never change and when we lose one, regardless of their age, we feel a...

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I’m Not Where I Thought I Would Be

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016

Six years ago today (April 4, 2016 ) I had my last drink of alcohol. I picked up my blue Serenity Chip at Celebrate Recovery and vowed to do whatever it took to leave my old life behind. It was a life that had brought me decades of personal destruction, painful failed relationships, bad decisions, lost opportunities and many people in and out of my life. The past six years have been a whirlwind of highs and lows, pain, happiness, growth, frustration, fear, confusion and enlightenment. While I am still free from alcohol, like most people in recovery I continuously find issues with myself that I have either overlooked, buried, allowed to continue or have been totally oblivious to. Whatever reason they all need constant attention and sometimes they sneak up from behind and knock me to my knees. Recovery is not easy. It is not for sissies. It is never ending and requires constant care. It will always remain a slippery and dangerous slope which will require never ending attention to navigate successfully. Sitting here today after all I have been through I am very thankful to be sober and alive. Although I will admit there have been more days than I am comfortable with where I have questioned if I wanted to remain active in either of those categories. But I have. Life does not look now like I thought it would look six years ago, or even one or two years ago for that matter. I am still alone and searching for meaning in my life with great uncertainty and occasional fear about my future, what I should do, where I should go and how I should spend my time. Time which seems to be passing faster and faster. I turn 55 this summer and the reflection in my hour glass reminds me there is much more life behind me than there is ahead of me. So I want to spend it wisely. I am a very lucky man in many ways. I have my health, a nice place to live, family, friends colleagues and a band that that I am extremely grateful for. I have a beautiful daughter that puts life in every breath I take – and I am still free of alcohol and all that it once helped me do to my life. No, I am not where I thought I would be,...

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Happy Veterans Day

Posted by on Nov 11, 2015

In the grand scheme of things I know and believe we are all Gods children and that we all share this earth as one. Countries, cultures, race, religion, ethnic differences and greed, to me, seem to be the worldly obstacles that have forever divided us. In a perfect world all of that would cease to exist and there would be peace. But that has never been the case with mankind. Unfortunately, there has always been war. Hopefully, one day it will end. But until when and if that day comes we will need brave, selfless and passionate men and women with the tools, courage and strength to stand up and fight for God and Country. Today we salute the men and women who have given their time and in many cases their lives for our country. Men and women who allow us to live a life of freedom here in The United States of America. God bless our veterans. Please show them the honor and respect that they all deserve. Today and everyday....

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Welcome To October – My Month Of Change

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015

October 12, 2015   Welcome to my favorite month of the year friends – October. For me, the emotions, thoughts, memories and moods, which the colors, events, music and weather of October effortlessly flow into me, always make this month both a  joyful and a melancholy time in my life. Throughout my life, I have had many personal events happen in the month of October. None of them seem to fade as years go by. In fact, many just grow stronger. As for the Holidays Halloween has always been my favorite. I celebrate it much differently these days and usually alone, but I do hold court on Halloween one way or another. As for music news, the A1A season is winding down and I am getting ready for my hibernating season, so to speak. With the exception of some solo performances and a couple of Jeff Pike Band shows, I have no more travels coming up and am looking forward to staying home to work on music and a new me for 2016. To fill up my time during A1A’s off season time, I have been rehearsing a lot of Dan Fogelberg music for ‘Souvenirs’, my tribute to Dan with pianist Kenny Kirby. I have also been working with A1A keyboardist Eric Baumgardner on putting together a tribute duo to Elton John. We are concentrating on a vast number of  Elton’s classic album tracks along with many of his hits. These are two projects I have always wanted to undertake and I am very excited about both of them. On a personal note, 2015 has been a year in my life that I will never forget, yet, one that I will be glad to see grow distant in my rear view mirror. It has been a year steeped with great change, loss, pain, fear, heartache, misunderstanding, broken dreams and struggle, yet, it has brought me much gratitude and a clearer understanding and awareness of myself. In some ways I am still searching, but in other ways this year has helped crystallize within me the true understanding of what I have and what I want for the second part of my life. I won’t lie to you, I still feel like I am drifting, or at best steering with one oar, but I am starting to see dry land appearing in the distance.  Like John Chrighton from the Sci Fi...

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Thanks To Everyone For The Birthday Wishes

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015

  I want to thank everyone for all of the Birthday wishes yesterday. I received many Facebook posts, private messages, voice mails, e-mails and text messages. All of which I spent time with. This years Birthday was light years from where I was last year, and to quote a working title for a CD that I have been wanting to release for sometime now, “I’m Not Where I Thought I’d Be.” So given that state of mind and being I chose to spend my Birthday yesterday alone in prayer, reflection, recovery and gratitude. Not quite the Birthday celebration of old, or even recent years past, but I think it did me good. Thanks to everyone again for taking the time to wish me a Happy Birthday.Each and every wish definitely helped brighten my day. Here’s looking at 55 in 2016. Wishing you love and luck,...

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My 2 Cents For New Years Eve and New Years Day

Posted by on Dec 31, 2014

  My 2 Cents For New Years Eve and New Years Day In the coming year and from this point forward take time to reflect and be honest with yourself. Make a conscious effort to be open to love, acceptance, self awareness, growth, education, change and moving out of denial. Regardless of how difficult it is. Create your own destiny. Don’t sit by and wait for it to happen to you. Your thoughts, be them positive or negative do have a serious impact on your life. Get out of your comfort zone, broaden your horizon and really live. Take care of your health. Quit smoking. Quit or moderate your drinking. Life is very short and another year has just passed us by. Turn off your TV, your computer and your cell phone. Read a book, get outside, exercise or pick up a musical instrument. Talk to people.  Make every minute of 2015 and the rest of your life – count. I thank you all for being a part of my life for so many years, and I wish everyone a safe, prosperous and happy new year. Jeff December 31, 2014...

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Our Promise To Hugo….Jeff Pike ‘Frozen Gringo’ 2015 House Concerts

Posted by on Dec 29, 2014

A Note From The Front Office By Kathy Mullen     Our Promise To Hugo….. Jeff Pike ‘Frozen Gringo’ House Concerts in 2015 As we wind down the Christmas season and get ready for 2015 I find myself reflecting on important events in my life that occurred in 2014.  The one that had the most impact was the passing of my dear friend, Hugo Duarte.  Going back a little further, it was in December 2011 when I first started receiving phone calls from Hugo telling me about his new project with Jeff Pike, The Frozen Gringos. He went on in great detail about how excited he was and that their first tour was starting in January of 2012. He then asked if they could stay at my house for awhile when they were in town. I graciously accepted.  For the next two years I had the opportunity to witness many Frozen Gringo concerts and got to know both Hugo and Jeff very well. I saw them play live many times and each time was like the first. When Hugo and Jeff were on stage together there was an energy that was felt and commented on by virtually everyone who saw them perform. The difference in each musician’s voice, narration and approach to their music, blended to make a noticeably unique performance and musical style. The Frozen Gringos released their first and only CD, ‘Chill Before Use’ in October of 2013.  On November 7, 2014 Hugo lost his battle to Esophageal Cancer. While in conversation to both Jeff and I during the last weeks of his life Hugo let it be known how vitally important it was to him that his music be kept alive. We both promised Hugo that we would honor his wishes and do our absolute best. In moving forward with that promise Jeff will continue to donate 100% of the CD sales of ‘Chill Before Use’ directly to Hugo’s daughter, Sarah Duarte Billings. This money will help her with all of the expenses left solely to her upon Hugo’s departure and to help maintain Hugo’s websites so the world can continue to enjoy his music. In addition to CD sales Jeff is looking to schedule select House Concert dates this year around his A1A and Abba Mania schedule in honor of Hugo and the music they made together. These performances will consist of Jeff’s versions of...

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Seven Years On – In Memory of Dan Fogelberg

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014

  On May 4, 1978 at an evening High School Mixer in Mobile, Alabama, at the ripe old age of 16 I first heard the music of Dan Fogelberg. There is no way I could have known that night what an effect this event would have on my music, my spirit and my path of  life. From the very first song I heard ( There’s A Place In The World For A Gambler ) I felt like I had been hit by a ton of bricks. I promptly wondered, “Why have I not heard this mans music before?” I immediately took it upon myself to absorb every lyric, note and passage of every piece of music Mr. Fogelberg had released up to that point. I am still as much a fan today as I was then and Dan’s music is never far from my life, lips and guitar. Seven years ago today we lost an artist who touched many souls, hearts and lives. Not only because of his extreme God given talent, but because he stayed true to himself. In an industry that promotes shallow, mediocre and disposable art as genius, Dan Fogelberg dug deep into his own life experiences and gave us timeless music we all could relate too. Sometimes you had to think and sometimes it was painful. But it was real. Unfortunately, that kept some people away. He studied, read and nurtured his intellect, and his soul. And although he was a very private man, he was not afraid to bare his heart for the world to see. In doing so he gave us art in the medium of pop music. Something that is rare, if not completely non existent today. Something that will live on. Dan was a great influence on my music, my life and my journey. And he is still greatly missed. Many thanks to Jean Fogelberg for all the recent work she has put into updating Dan’s website.   Jeff Pike www.danfogelberg.com December 16,...

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An A1A Update for 2015

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014

Greetings A1A Friends and Fans Old and New, As the old year winds down with a new one fast approaching, I am feeling a lot of emotions about my past 23 years with A1A. The importance that A1A has played in the birth of the enormous and still growing Parrot Head and Trop Rock Community still fills me with pride. The fact that the band, and myself, have managed to last this long is also something I am very proud of. Especially in the declining state that the music industry has been in for quite some time now. Yes, I have seen much come and go since I first joined, and then started performing, for The Atlanta Parrot Head Club (The very first club for those not in the know) way back in 1989. And while there is much I could probably complain about, I sit here today writing you with much thankfulness, gratefulness, enthusiasm and awareness. I am very thankful for all of the people who have stuck with the band through thick and thin for the past 23 years. I am also quite grateful to all of the band members and behind the scenes people that have helped keep this machine rolling during their time aboard. We have moved fast and we have moved slow, but we have always managed to keep the wheels rolling. Of course, occasionally a wheel would roll off and we would crash. So yes, some members have come and gone. But I have learned that if you are really going to grow, as an individual and as a business, then change is inevitable and it should be looked at in a positive light. Not being one keen on change I have always had difficulty with that concept. But it seems that with each incarnation of the band we manage to find a new level for us to aspire to. It keeps things periodically fresh, new and has brought to all of us our own personal and professional challenges for growth. Be that as it may, it is with mixed emotions when I say this is where I sit with A1A on the brink of 2015. 2014 was a year of great personal and professional change in my life and in the life of A1A.I will tell you that in many aspects of my professional life I feel that I have been drifting...

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Taking To The Road With Abba Mania

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014

Taking To The Road With Abba Mania

  One of the craziest and coolest things about being in the music business is that you never know what is going to be around the next corner. For a lot of people this kind of lifestyle would drive them crazy, but for those of us brave enough (being kind here) to choose music for living, sometimes the unexpected can be a thrill. Of course many times the surprises have a lot to be desired. But then again sometimes they can arrive completely out of the blue and take you on a memorable ride of a lifetime. By a fluke, last winter I was offered the spot as “Benny” in the American Cast of “Abba Mania – The Worlds #1 Touring Abba Tribute Show” My drummer and friend in A1A, Wayne Viar had been touring with Abba Mania during our off season and was telling me of his experience with the band when we reconvened for 2013/2014 A1A rehearsals. Admittedly, he was a little perplexed at my excitement, interest and by the fact that I knew and loved all the songs. At the end of our conversation I informed him that should a fill in spot ever come up that I would be very interested. Neither of us taking it very seriously we forgot about it and got down to A1A business. About 2 months later my phone rang. It was Wayne. “Uhh…hey man…do you remember when you told me that should a spot ever become available in Abba Mania that you would be interested? Uhh…well…were you serious?” Next thing I know, I am traveling the country in a huge tour bus and playing to sold out crowds in some of the most beautiful and classic mid sized theaters in the country, with some of the nicest and most talented people I have ever had the pleasure to work with. I never dreamed in a million years that I would be having this kind of experience playing the music of Abba. Music which by the way, I have loved dearly all of my life. This was without a doubt and unexpected dream come true. Well, I am happy to say that I will be returning with the band for the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 North American Tour. To be playing the piano again and bringing “Benny Andersson” to life onstage every night has been a rare treat for...

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SERV International – Guest Blog by Kathy Mullen

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014

SERV INTERNATIONAL – www.servone.org THE MISSION – “Giving people the opportunity to make a difference” is a statement that holds true to this very day about who and what SERV International is.  SERV began in May 2000 building outreach centers, churches and meeting spaces in Mexico. We found out in the early years that people were looking for opportunities to serve others and get involved in things that made a difference.  Years later, SERV expanded into the Dominican Republic, continuing to give others the opportunity to make a difference through various outreach projects and mission trips that were geared toward creating a Christ-centered experience for the Dominican people, as well as for each person serving.  In 2006, SERV’s founder Steve Kasha and another team member were on a plane to Africa for the very first time with eyes wide open looking for what God would have them to do. Little did they know that years later, SERV would have an orphanage in the northwest corner of Kenya that would house 40 children. Because of the famine and drought, SERV also started a large-scale feeding program that has now distributed over 7 million meals in Kenya. The purpose of this food is to reach the places we can and use it as a platform to share Christ with those who have not heard the Gospel. We recognize that we cannot save the world or everyone in Kenya; however, we can share a message and a meal with those we serve.”  _________________________________________________________   I have found through personal experience that it is interesting for me to try and write about something that I have not yet experienced first-hand. For some it is easy and for some it is impossible. For me it is somewhere in the middle. So with that said. Here goes…. I was introduced to SERV International by means of an unexpected gift.  Sometimes people or unplanned circumstances show up in your life and change your thoughts, and your path.  Infrequent, but it can and does happen. Because of this unexpected gift I can now say that while I have never had a mission trip on my ‘bucket list,’ before, I do now. Jim Vinyard is the Director of SERV International.  After spending an entire afternoon reading about SERV on the website (www.servone.org ) it was easy to ascertain that Jim Vinyard is quite a remarkable and intriguing man, and...

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A Fly On The Wall – Guest Blog by Kathy Mullen

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014

A fly on the wall story of music production…. By Kathy Mullen Mullen Music Management kemullen@mchsi.com   The Front Office took over for a moment to share a couple of thoughts… The vantage point of being around a musician can provide amazing and new insight into things you might not otherwise think about. For example, what it actually takes to produce a $15 CD. Now that I have, I’d like to share it with you. Speaking as someone who is not a musician, I continue to be fascinated with great talent and everything that comes from that; energy, emotion, drive, inspiration, vulnerability, patience and the ungodly amount of time that goes into writing, rehearsing, recording and performing music. I have had the incredible pleasure of being closely involved with the production of two CD’s at different levels and from two Independent Singer/Songwriters over the past year. It was a unique experience which I will always treasure. While going through the actual process, it didn’t really occur to me just how much goes into the making of a professional CD. It wasn’t until much later when the deadlines were met, the product was finished and the CDs were finally in the hands of the fans, that I took time to reflect. The two CD’s are ‘BACK TO BASICS’ by Jeff Pike and ‘CHILL BEFORE USE’ by The Frozen Gringos. Please note that these are my own thoughts and observations, not those of the artists. MY PERCEPTION AT THE BEGINNING. It all began with making decisions on which songs to record. Songs that, once produced, would live on as a legacy for the artists and be played for years to come. Jeff’s CD was easy; the plan was to focus on material that was stripped down, organic and emotional. This material would show those who only know him as part of A1A, that he is capable of so much more. Jeff thinks outside the box while showing great diversity in the work that he does. The Frozen Gringo’s CD is another story. First and foremost, it took an enormous amount of consistent perseverance on Jeff’s part to finally convince Hugo to record the CD, which became ‘CHILL BEFORE USE.’ A lot of persuasion over a long period of time finally paid off when Hugo ultimately consented. Working on the material on both CD’s took a tremendous amount of time in each...

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Happy Birthday To Me

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014

4 years ago today I made the choice to live my life completely free of alcohol. I joined a Celebrate Recovery Program and turned my life and the road I travel completely over to God. I began a journey down a road of which I had no idea of where it would lead. In doing so, I did not realize that I was completely unaware, on a grand scale, of how the life, spiritual, emotional and physical changes this path of which I chose to live would effect me. I could never have had a clue. It is without a doubt the best decision for my life I have ever made and I am very blessed, grateful and happy to be in the space I am in today. With all of the changes and blessings it continues to bring into my life, I feel like a very lucky man. Jeff Pike April 4,...

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The Frozen Gringos – CD Sales Cancer Support For Hugo

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014

As most of you are probably aware of by now, my dear friend, and fellow Frozen Gringo, Hugo Duarte is suffering from Esophageal Cancer. In a small effort to try to help with his medical and life expenses I am donating 100% of the money from the sales of our 2013 debut Frozen Gringo CD, “Chill Before Use” to “The Friends Of Hugo, Inc.” fund. In this very difficult time I would like to ask two things of you. First, If you smoke cigarettes or cigars – STOP. If you have tried and are finding it difficult there are many avenues available to help with your addiction. Please face the reality and dangers of smoking and take advantage of them. If you don’t smoke, then please encourage someone you know who does to stop. I am sure that your loved ones and friends want you around for as long as possible. Second, please purchase these CDs while we still have some left. In doing so you will be helping Hugo with his growing medical and life bills. A heartfelt thanks to everyone who are rallying around Hugo to help him win this seriously difficult battle. A battle we know he can win with your help.  You can purchase the CD by using the order form on The Frozen Gringo Page – www.facebook.com/thefrozengringos. Or you can contact Kathy Mullen at kemullen@mchsi.com. Your orders will be processed and shipped immediately. Hats off to Hugo. We love you my brother and are all praying for you....

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Hugo Duarte Cancer Support

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014

As many of you are probably now aware, my dear friend and musical partner in The Frozen Gringos, Hugo Duarte has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Knowing Hugo as I do I am very aware of how much his privacy means to him. So with that in mind I will be respecting his wishes, as should you, and will not be filling up my page, nor his, with thoughts, talks, posts and prayers for Cancer. He is very much aware of the fight ahead, the amount of people who are praying for him and those who are here to help him. Being constantly reminded of this fight everywhere you turn can become horribly daunting. It is his wish to be able to do his best in carrying on as much of a normal routine as possible as he begins this new journey. However, we do recognize the need for communication and a forum with which to share information. This forum is now live and can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/groups/loveandsupportforhugoduarte/. We encourage you to post all of your thoughts and feelings for Hugo there. It will be the “official”, so to speak, forum in which Hugo will be communicating to everyone about his progress and he will greatly appreciate your interaction. Please refrain from e-mails, text messages and phone calls at this time. Thank you very much for your thoughts and continuous prayers for Hugo. – Jeff Pike March 25,...

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Snow, New York and Looking For Work

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014

Well, I am sitting here today, snowbound in my domicile of residence in Lawrenceville, Georgia. While staring out the window just now at the white stillness, a long awaited peace came over me. Here is what caused it. Through years of hope and positive thinking I have finally given up. I finally consent to the reality and accept the fact that the state of Georgia will never be prepared for snowfall. Regardless of how much or how little, it really is quite laughable. But be that as it may, I suppose that I should not complain too loud for there is still a bit of childhood fun that my soul receives from being “snowed in.” I do believe though it is only a feeling that we Southerners, who are not blessed (or cursed) with snow on a regular basis, feel and occasionally enjoy. So with that said, and having a little more free time on my hands today than originally intended, I thought I would just update you a little on what has been going on this month in my world. First, I would like to share with you the fact that I am still reelin’ and rockin’ from attending the 2014 Annual APAP Convention in New York City earlier this month. My manager, Kathy Mullen and I were up there in the thick of it for 4 days. We met so many people, made some really useful contacts and saw some tremendous showcases. It was our first time attending this annual worldwide convention and I must say we were awed and overwhelmed. It was a tremendous experience and I hope that we have the chance to be a part of it next year. On another note but a related one, I am just now learning how to use Word Press and am having some problems with it. This is why I have not had a lot of updated material here on JeffPike.com since launching the new website recently. But when I do, I will have a lot of recent pictures from the convention posted for you to enjoy. Speaking of the website, (www.jeffpike.com) here is a little more current information that may be useful for you. While the main purpose of this website is to promote my original work there will also be a small part of it that I will use to promote cover gigs. (Restaurants, clubs,...

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Booking The Great Gig In The Sky – A Fond Farewell To Reuben Kincaid – RIP Dave Madden

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014

I was very saddened to hear about the passing of Dave Madden yesterday. Most people who are familiar with Dave Madden remember him best as the stressed out and lovable manager of The Partridge Family, a television series about a fictitious Pop Group  starring David Cassidy and Shirley Jones which ran from 1970-1974. Through all of the days of my youth, the music of  David Cassidy and The Partridge Family were an enormous and moving influence on me, my music and my spirit. They were in fact, a very large part of why I chose my career as a musician. Those who are very familiar with my life and my original music are aware of the enormous amount of real estate the music of David Cassidy and The Partridge Family hold in my  heart. For various reasons I have been badgered about this by many people for my entire adult life. In response, I wish it to be known that I am of the mindset that sometimes real talent gets a stereotypical bad rap for all the wrong reasons. More often than not artists in this situation are never given the respect they are due. I have always felt that way about David Cassidy. As for Dave Madden, his character of Reuben Kincaid and the relationship he shared with Danny Partridge ( played by Danny Bonoduce )  was a very large part of the comedic humor of the show. He was a fine actor, a kind and good man, and a wonderful comedian. He might not have been the best fictitious agent in the world, but he was warm, loving and hilarious. It is funny to think back on my childhood when I used to watch The Partridge Family and believe that what Reuben and The Partridge Family went through was how show business really worked. Today, after being in the business for 30 years, what a joyous and jaded laugh I get out of that. I occasionally scratch my head in disbelief when I realize how long ago that was. My how life, society, culture, innocence, youth, the world and music have changed since 1970 was a new year. I am constantly reminded by my girlfriend on how I spend too much time looking back and that I should only look forward. I know she is right, but on days like today I find myself thinking back with...

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NEW CHRISTMAS SINGLE “THERE’S ALWAYS TOMORROW” NOW AVAILABLE

Posted by on Dec 8, 2013

Welcome to the new JeffPike.com! To celebrate the launch of my new website and the Christmas Season I have my very first Christmas recording, “There’s Always Tomorrow”, available for download here on JeffPike.com until January 1. Get it while you can, enjoy my new website and have a very Merry Christmas! “THERE’S ALWAYS TOMORROW” (Jeff Pike) Audio sample:   Ever since I can remember I have been forever moved by this Christmas classic from the television Christmas Special, ” “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.” As a child I would patiently and anxiously wait all year long for that one part during the show when Clarice would sing this song to Rudolph. It never failed to moved me to tears and was always over to soon. You must remember that this was long before VCR’s, CD’s, DVDs’s, personal computers, i-Pads, cell phones and I-phones were even a dream in the minds of the people that created them. These special moments came around once a year on television, and if you missed them, then you missed them. People would plan their daily lives to make sure that they were in front of the TV Set when their favorite annual Christmas Special came on. For me, mine was and always has been “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.” The message in this song coupled with the beautiful and haunting melody sparks hope, love and dreams in every man, woman and child, regardless of their age. It has always been a dream of mine to record it and I am very pleased and honored to offer it to you during this Holiday Season. Always keep your dreams and hope alive in your heart and may you and your loved ones have a very Merry Christmas full of love and joy. Jeff...

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CHANGE OF SEASON

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013

Change is imminent. Resistance to change is futile and time keeps marching on. You can run as fast as you can, and you can bury your head in the sand, but you will never be able to outrun change – or Father Time. Like many of us I have never been too keen on change. Up until just a few short years ago (4 Years in January to be exact) I had a lifelong habit of burying my head in the sand. Ignore something and either it does not exist or it will go away. That was the way my head worked and the way my actions played out for many years. For those of you who do not know (though most do) I was once a drinking man. So it should come as no surprise when I say that my life was about denial. Though I no longer drink alcohol and have been completely sober for almost 4 years, I am not going to sit here and tell you that I have completely overcome and beaten that nasty little praxis. Despite my constant vigil it still pops up now and then, though not quite as often as it used too. Yet I am still not a big fan of change even though I have done quite a bit of it over the past few years. So, imagine my surprise that for the first time in my life I find myself welcoming change, seeking it out, excited as to what new lessons, experiences, growth, and adventures lie ahead for me now that I am able to live and think outside of my box of false security and denial. Of course stepping outside of the box and seeking out change does not always mean that things will go the way I want them too. No, not at all. But if I am going to grow I DO have to take chances and make changes. For me, along with all of the wonderful gifts of my recovery and my late blooming self-awareness, there are also new fears and worries. All brought on by the changes and the choices I have made in my life. But unlike I did for so many years, this time “I will not go quietly into that dark night.” I am looking forward with great anticipation to what 2014 has in store for me. As 2013 comes...

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WHY I WON’T BE AUDITIONING FOR THE VOICE ( OR ANY OTHER TELEVISED TALENT COMPETITION )

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013

I sat down at my computer yesterday to write a new blog when just in time I read someone else’s blog that my girlfriend had sent me. The blog in question resounded deeply with my beliefs and other peoples myths surrounding my chosen career as a musician in today’s social media and TV driven world. So much so that she knew I would want to read it and possibly repost it, which I immediately did. As they day wore on I kept thinking more and more about this young ladies blog and the desire to blog about the same subject was growing stronger within me. After much thought I came to my own realization. A realization which told me I could not improve on what Singer/Songwriter Amy Petty posted about Media, TV, Music and Fame vs. what being a happy, honest and successful musician is really all about. So with all hats off and respect to Amy Petty here is her blog in its entirety. Please read, enjoy and share with all your friends. You can read more about Amy Petty at www.AmyPetty.com. Jeff Pike November 13, 2013 Tonight, I’m standing in a stranger’s living room, singing at a house concert. I’m far from home and I don’t know anyone here but you’ve given me your time, your ear and your heart for two hours and by the end of the night, we know each other. We are fulfilled and changed by the experiences of the evening and life is good. We are moved, unexpectedly. You approached me with tears in your eyes. I was standing near the tissue box so I had the honor of handing one to you. You told me what that one song meant to you, how it spoke exactly of an experience you’d had and that it meant the world to hear someone else felt the same way. After a few moments of each of us trying to find the words, you said, “And you should audition for the The Voice!” I smiled and laughed a bit and said thank you. “I mean it,” you said, “you’re good enough! You could win! You could be famous! Someday, you’ll make it and we’ll say we knew you when. I’ve come to realize that this is a huge compliment, maybe the biggest compliment that you could possibly offer. You have just placed me in the company...

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NEW CD BY JEFF PIKE AVAILABLE NOW!

Posted by on Oct 13, 2013

My new CD – “Back To Basics” is available now for purchase and download! If you can’t make the CD Release Party today at Hemingways in Marietta, Georgia you can at least pick up your copy and enjoy the music on it’s first day of release. For more information on the CD Release party today go to my concert calendar. Hope to see you at the party today, but if not I look forward to your review of my new music. Thanks for listening! 🙂 – To purchase the CD, visit my Store at www.jeffpike.com/store. Yours in the spirit of music, Jeff...

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NEW JEFF PIKE CD RELEASE DATE!

Posted by on Sep 9, 2013

The latest CD by Singer/Songwriter Jeff Pike finds him returning to his roots as a musician and a songwriter. On this intimate and aptly named CD, “Back To Basics”, you will find no drums, no elaborate studio production, and no fancy overdubs. What you will find are simple, emotional, vulnerable and honest recordings by an extremely versatile musician returning home to the music that comes from his soul. Just Jeff, his voice, his guitar and his piano. Those who follow Jeff’s career and appreciate his original music have been anticipating and asking for this CD for years. Well, the wait is over. On “Back To Basics” Jeff has taken some of his most popular songs along with several unreleased compositions and given them new acoustic arrangements. The result is a raw and introspective album of music that listeners will relate to. Jeff is best known since 1992 as the founder and lead singer of “A1A – The Official and Original Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show.” However this new CD, like all of his original work outside of A1A, shows an entirely different side of Jeff and his music. “Back to Basics” is an opportunity for Jeff to express a more personal and vulnerable side of his life. He will not be retiring from his position in A1A, but rest assured you will be seeing and hearing a lot more of his solo work from this point forward. If you haven’t heard any of Jeff’s original music, now is the time. If you think you know Jeff as a musician and songwriter through A1A and Trop Rock, think again. “Back To Basics” will be officially released on October 13, 2013. Stay tuned to www.jeffpike.com and www.facebook.com/therealjeffpike for information and updates. Join our e-mail list to get up-to-date information as soon as it is released. Jeff...

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAN…THANK YOU

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013

On May 4, 1978 at an evening High School Mixer in Mobile, Alabama, at the ripe old age of 16 I first heard the music of Dan Fogelberg. There is no way I could have known that night what an effect this event would have on my music, my spirit and my path of life. From the very first song I felt like I had been hit by a ton of bricks. I promptly wondered, “Why have I not heard this mans music before?” and immediately took it upon myself to absorb every lyric, note and passage of every piece of music Mr. Fogelberg had released up to that point. That has never changed, and on days like today I miss his presence even more; and like many I mourn the music he could have made had he lived. Music has been the driving force behind my life, heart and soul of my being ever since I can remember. From what I am told, pretty much ever since I came out of the womb; and while I greatly enjoy a wide variety of music, (My album collection can attest to this) the musicians and artists whom I admire, respect and hold in the very highest of esteem are few. Those who have impacted my life like Dan Fogelberg I can count on less than one hand. I had the pleasure of being in his presence for a short while back in 1991, but I never had the chance to meet the man and spend just a few short minutes thanking him – and that is really all I wanted to do. To thank him. Thank him for drastically changing my music, my heart, my life and my musical soul with class and grace for all eternity. Happy Birthday Dan. If your spirit has not moved on, I am pretty sure you are having an amazing day. Thank you…. Jeff...

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A HAPPY BIRTHDAY THANK YOU FROM JEFF

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013

I would like to thank everyone who took the time to post and wish me a Happy Birthday over the past couple of days. I always feel humbled, grateful and blessed by the number of notices, messages and e-mails that I receive and wish I had the time to respond personally to each and everyone. I had a fantastic Birthday this year traveling to Dallas, Texas and performing with A1A. As the years roll on I treasure each Birthday a little more and more and try to make the most out of every minute. Thanks again to all of my family, friends and listeners who allow me to be a part of their lives. With love and respect, Jeff...

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KEEP THE FIRE BURNING

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013

Testosterone driven 1970’s Hard rock and roll. I love it. I loved it then and I love it now. The 1970’s had a lot of that to offer. Like every generation since the 1950’s does, of course; and every generations rock and roll is a little different. But they all have some things in common that speak to the backseat lover in all of us. Hard driving simple chord changes, a slim and sexy lead singer with nice hair and a great voice (well, not always), ripping guitar solos, lyrics about girls, sex, rock and roll, mind altering substances and all that the dark side of our teenage years was all about. Experienced in our youth it can seem to many like the ultimate physical and emotional release of raw energy. The Nirvana of the number that your body is doing on you throughout your teenage years. (Well, outside of sex that is; and let’s be honest; when this music was at the top of our personal charts the majority of us had yet to experienced carnal worldly pleasures) It is the music of youth, frustration, dreams, little responsibility and reckless abandon. Not everyone succumbs to its power and is left to deal with the consequences of a misspent youth, but many do. (And don’t kid yourself, it IS powerful) Some outgrow it and leave it in their closet along with their high school memories and college annuals. Some try to hold onto it for their entire adult lives. Some make the biggest mistake and make it their entire career. Thus, forever stuck in Teenage Rock and Roll Limbo. Traveling down a path that usually does not have a happy ending. Then there are the lucky ones, who as they age ,regardless of their career path, take with them the memories, melodies and mystical madness of the dreams Rock and Roll offered to us in our youth and use it to keep a tiny flame and vigil alive in their souls. Just enough to keep burning the excitement, adventure and possibilities of life that our Rock and Roll youth gave us, while actually growing up and learning how to be functional, successful, healthy and happy aging adults. As for me you may ask? Well, I have always known and felt inside since I was a young boy that I had no choice. Music chose me and I was stuck...

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A DAY OF REFLECTION AND THANKS

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013

Greetings friends and listeners, The last time I touched base with you about a month ago, I was sitting in the French Quarter in New Orleans. Well, New Orleans, along with all of the other stops I made before I arrived home just yesterday were very kind to me. Sitting here in the warmth of my home this morning I feel very blessed. As you may know, I have been on tour with my musical com-padre Hugo Duarte as The Frozen Gringos since February; and as I mentioned in the previous paragraph I made it safely home from the road just yesterday. Our tour was very successful and it was a joy to get back out on the open road again. The audiences were quite heavenly; and while traveling at it’s best is quite taxing, I do so enjoy seeing our country through a windshield as opposed to flying. I have always enjoyed the road – still do – and it may come as no surprise to some that much more than a smidgen of wander lust has always held court around the clock in my semi restless soul. But as time goes by there has remained a small part of me that feels like staying put, settling down, and leaving the ways of the road and the single wayward minstrel behind. As you can see it has not won me over yet, but I do find that piece of me growing larger upon each return from the repetitious, and dare I say it, shallow world of rock and roll on the road. But let’s be realistic. I am a musician and the road is part of that life. So in reality I just need to suck it up and remember that moderation is the key; and speaking of moderation I would like to take this opportunity to wish myself a Happy Birthday….. Three years ago today I made a decision and started my new life – a God driven life without alcohol. It has turned out to be the best decision I have ever made for myself, my family, my friends, and for my life. Upon making this decision I immediately joined a Celebrate Recovery Group in Duluth, Georgia which has been my home every Monday evening when I am in town. The impact of following a sober and God driven path has impacted my life, my spirit,...

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CHECKING IN FROM THE ROAD

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013

Greetings friends and listeners, At this exact moment I am sitting in The French Quarter in New Orleans at the Community Coffee house watching the city move. No, this is not a vacation, unfortunately. As I write this I am on tour with Hugo Duarte as The Frozen Gringos. This weeks stop – The Big Easy. Ahhhhh….New Orleans. She and I have had a tumultuous, yet satisfying love affair for many, many years, and it is always a pleasure to return. I have been on the road with The Frozen Gringos since February 19 and it has been hectic, eventful and successful. Given all the good times; however, taking care of ones life let alone on the road can be very difficult, to say the least. So, before I go any further I want to apologize to some of you who have written in regard to my lack of personal updates, album reviews, etc., on my Facebook page. This time of year it does prove difficult for me not to make all things “Frozen Gringo,” especially since we spend so little time during the year performing together. Having said that, I am going to try my best to keep up for the rest of the tour, and things will definitely be back in full swing when I return home. As I just mentioned, The Frozen Gringo tour is moving along successfully. What I failed to mention however, is that our first CD is almost finished. A couple of more long visits to the studio and we should have it completely thawed out for public consumption. Just so you know, Jeff Pike Music is still in full swing with a new acoustic CD scheduled for release by the first of summer. Recording has also started for my first Christmas CD, and, another all original acoustic CD scheduled for release during the first quarter of 2014. So needless to say, I am very busy. On a personal note, my lovely daughter turns 18 next month and graduates high school in May. In the fall she will be attending The University of Georgia where she will be studying Journalism and Finance. All of us in her life are over the moon proud of the amazing young woman she has become and cannot believe how quickly the time has flown. I never thought this day would arrive, but it has…with many, many mixed...

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BE GRATEFUL FOR THE GOOD

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013

Greetings friends, followers and listeners, My apologies for being a little late here with my Christmas and New Years greeting. In fact, heck, now that I look at my blog post’s I realize that I need to apologize for being late for my Thanksgiving greeting too! Jeez!!! You would think that it was the holiday season or something and that I had a good excuse to sluff off! Uh…hold on…hey…wait a minute… The holiday season is over…crap!.. Oh well, I am all out of excuses. 😉 All kidding aside, it has been a little over 2 months since my last blog, so for those of you who were wondering, yes I am alive and all is well. Christmas and New Years Eve have come and gone and here we are at the dawn of a New Year. I do hope that those of you who are reading this did have a warm, loving, safe, happy Christmas and New Year’s celebration with your loved ones. I realize that with all of the political and economic upheaval in our country right now, coupled with the pain and fear of the recent fatal and tragic school shootings, an unfortunate and frightening event which seems to be occurring more frequent in our country, that it can be quite hard to focus on the good things that DO surround us on a day to day basis, especially during the Holiday Season. I am no stranger to that feeling at all. In fact, I have always been prone to seeing the glass half empty. Keeping a positive attitude about problems in my life has been a struggle for me ever since I can remember. However, I have made some personal progress in that department over the past couple of years. Yes, I do slip, but I am blessed to have loved ones and friends around me who will call me out on it, remind me of the destructive power of attitude, and who are not afraid to pull me into serious conversation about it. We all have problems in our lives. Big problems and small problems. Sometimes it is hard to come to terms with the fact that to some extent problems will always be a constant in our life, and in our world. But how we feel and how we let problems affect us is mostly up to us. It is a personal choice....

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YOU TOO CAN YOU TUBE

Posted by on Oct 29, 2012

“TV Suicide…TV Suicide…What a lovely way to die. It’s another case of Telecide” “Telecide” – The Tubes When I was a child we had one electronic visual tube in our home. The Boob Tube. “The Boob Tube,” as it was affectionately called by my Mom and Dad, is of course, the television set. “The Boob Tube” has proven over time, in my opinion, to be quite an appropriate name for this little recreational appliance. It appears to me that it effectively and continuously proceeds to make larger “boobs” out of all of us. Time and time and time again. Myself occasionally included. Before I go any further, and not meaning to offend, I wish to clarify my chosen adjective for our friendly little electronic playmate. I use the term “boob” as a noun. It’s definition meaning a stupid person, fool, or a dunce. A little harsh, maybe. But I would assume that we can all find reference in our own life where television has made a dunce out of us. Probably more than once. But to be completely fair, not everything on television is bad. Far from it, actually. Television is full of educational programs that when used properly and in moderation can be an extremely useful tool in ones growth. But on the other hand we have shows like American Idol, The Voice, Reality TV, etc,. etc., etc., that while entertaining to some (and yes, we all need our own individual form of entertainment), they do not go a long way in showing us reality, or stimulating our urge to educate ourselves and grow. In fact, in my opinion we are just regressing further and further thanks to good ole’ prime time. As it has been since the beginning of the television era, we are completely at the mercy of the media. Well, that is until YouTube came along. YouTube has grown into one of the most powerful and widely used media machines in the world. I believe the main reason is that we as individuals are responsible for its programming. Not a board room of suits in Hollywood. We have the capability to upload, educate, watch and entertain ourselves like we wish to be served. That is huge. Thank you very much. While I have had a You Tube account for quite some time, I have just recently become educated on how useful a tool it can...

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I AM NOW…UPGRADED

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012

I am old school. I admit it. There it is. It is out for all of the world to know. Of course, my friends, family and bandmates who have known me for quite sometime are very well aware of this. I have been forever accused, taunted, praised, discarded and congratulated by many, many people when it comes to my take on the music and pop culture of our past and the present. Similiar sentiments are shared by many in regard to the way I have chosen to record and make my music for the past 20 years or so. I have never been a gear head. For those of you who are unfamiliar with that term, a gear head is usually associated with a musician who as a passion, or obsession if you will, with constantly buying musical gear. Sadly, I have known countless musicians who were in much more need of lessons than gear, but I digress. Anyway, In 1996 I started putting together my first home studio. My plans at the time were to become adapt enough as an engineer so that I could produce other artists’s and possibly have my home studio as another income stream. Well, I bought the top notch gear and recording equipment of the day and in my spare time went to work. As time marched on I did become quite good as an engineer in my studio and had thousands upon thousands of hours of happy musical experiences and projects with it. So….I never upgraded. The modern tapeless digital world of recording technology ran over me and I was completely happy to sit at home with my racks of TASCAM DA 88’s and my Mackie Console until the cows came home. (Yes, I can hear you engineers groaning from here) Well, I looked out my window recently and the cows were in the front yard grazing. Welcome to 2012 I finally gave in and have started using Pro Tools 10. Just so you know, I am a Pro Tools virgin. I must admit I am quite intimidated by all of this, but like other problems in my life over the past couple of years I am dedicated in pushing myself and seeing it through. I have been locked away in my studio for the past two days doing nothing but studying and recording. In addition to my individual efforts I am...

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THEY’RE GONNA PUT ME IN THE MOVIES

Posted by on Oct 8, 2012

Here is the article that was published in last months issue of TropRockin.com – The E Magazine. Enjoy!! Happy Halloween! Jeff Pike THEY’RE GONNA PUT ME IN THE MOVIES Hi folks. Jeff Pike here. Founder and lead singer of the Trop Rock Band A1A.. I’m not your every day average guy, and I’m not your every day average Parrot Head with your every day average dreams. But, I have always wanted to be in the movies. Heck, who hasn’t right? Well, be careful what you wish for. Why? Because I wanted to be in the movies. Here’s my story. No Jeff, This Is Not A Joke In the spring of 2011 I received a text message from the lovely Miss Nadirah Shakoor. If you are reading this article then you know all about Nadirah, so again, no need for a history lesson. The text informed me that she had received a message from Mike Ramos (Jimmy Buffett’s personal assistant), which he wanted her to pass along to me. The message simply said this. “Tell Jeff Pike that if he gets a call from a Hollywood Producer about being in a movie that it is NOT a joke.” So I am riding down the street one day, cursing Atlanta traffic and wondering why I still live here, when my phone rings. On the other end is a very nice and polite British gentleman asking me if A1A would like to be in a movie. So of course I said yes and listened to what he had to say. It turns out that Jimmy Buffett had recommended us for a role in an upcoming movie entitled, “What To Expect When You’re Expecting.” At first I was under the assumption that this was a low budget movie. That is until he started talking about Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Rock and Dennis Quaid. At that point it was all I could do to hold my composure, not spill my coffee and run off the road. It also happened that the Associate Producer had seen A1A and was a big fan, so we were already in. All we had to do was say yes. In the end I did spill my coffee. Hey Guys, Let’s Make A Record Our first mission after the lengthy process of deciding what songs they were going to have us perform in the movie was to go into...

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THEY’RE GONNA PUT ME IN THE MOVIES – TROPROCKIN.COM

Posted by on Sep 13, 2012

TropRockin.com – “Trop Rockin’ Online Magazine celebrates the people, places and adventures of the Trop Rock lifestyle.We love our laid back attitude with a tropical twist and Trop Rockin’ Online Magazine is the spot where we gather with like minded friends. Our goal is to provide a hub for all things Trop Rock: music, travel, events, entertainment, food and more!” TropRockin.com is an online magazine which was founded and edited by my very good friend, Tammy Camp. In the first edition which was released on September 11, 2012, I have an article entitled, “They’re Gonna Put Me In The Movies.” It is about my experience this past year with A1A and being in the Major Motion Picture, “What To Expect When “Your’e Expecting.” – Check it out and let me know what you think....

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A NOTE TO MY FACEBOOK FANS

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012

Music has always been, and God Willing will always continue to be, a life-long love for me. Being the driving force that it is, it has been responsible for countless major impacts on me throughout my life, both good, and maybe a few not so good. Currently, due to major life changes I have been implementing over the past couple of years, and with recently attending the Gino Vannelli master class series, I have reignited a passion and developed a focus to spend more of my time studying, practicing, writing, recording, releasing and performing more of my original music. I am also dedicating more of my time to my spiritual and personal growth so that I may continue to grow and become a more boundaried person in all of my relationships. In other words, I am finally getting back to being ME. Taking into consideration all of the boundaries, priorities and time management changes I am continuously making, I want all of my dedicated Facebook friends to know you are an important part of my daily routine. However, I will not be spending as much time on Facebook as I have in the past. So my poking, likes, messages and posts will be less frequent, but never fear – I’ll still be keeping you updated on what’s going on in the world of Jeff Pike Music. (This will also include links to updates regarding A1A, The Frozen Gringos and The Paul Leslie Hour) Starting this week, I will begin regular posting of You Tube videos, reviews on my extensive record collection, random thoughts of inspiration and commentary, as well as additional info you may be interested in so that you may get to know me better and see my changes and progress as I move forward. In keeping with the changes, JeffPike.com has a new look with updated info. Also, the first Facebook Jeff Pike Artist Fan page, while still in its formative stages, is ready for you to “LIKE” and share with your friends. You can check it out at facebook.com/therealjeffpike. I hope you will join me on my new life adventure I am finally undertaking. Please know and understand that while I am not present on Facebook all day that I am not too far away and will be checking in at least twice a day. Thank you for all of the years of support. I look...

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BACK HOME FROM THE GINO VANNELLI MASTER CLASS

Posted by on Aug 5, 2012

I have returned from one of the most amazing musical, spiritual and life learning weeks of my life. For 5 days in a row, 7 hours a day I was part of a class of 5 hand picked students blessed enough to be personally taught voice and songwriting techniques by one of the finest musicians, vocalist’s and songwriter’s of the past 40 years, Gino Vannelli. I will share more with my blog, photos and music in time. But this morning, I just wanted to let all who were interested know I was home, feeling, blessed, grateful, alive and in a very new and improved space. Many personal thanks to Gino and Ross Vannelli, Phyllis and Ed at Brickhaven Bed and Breakfast, Kathy Mullen and Stephanie Ranker for help making this past week possible for me. Also, a very special tip of the hat to the good friends and memories I made this week with my new classmates. www.ginov.com...

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A BIRTHDAY THANK YOU FROM JEFF

Posted by on Jul 18, 2012

I turned 51 on July 13, 2012. It seems like just a blink of an eye since July 13, 2011 when I turned 50. Turning 50 was a big thing for me, and it was a big day as well. I threw a big reunion concert, party and CD Release event at Hemingways in Marietta, Georgia to commemorate the event. I was blessed with an enormous turn out of friends old and new. Family, friends and fans came out of the woodwork from far and near in order to wish me well and enjoy my CD release party at Hemingways. I was not expecting the response I received last year, and I am happy to say that my sentiments this year reflects the same. Just in case you think you missed another crazy Jeff Pike party, do not worry. I did not throw a big party this year, nor did I release a new CD. I figured after last year that I would just let 51 casually roll by. It did not casually roll by, but neither was it the huge extravaganza of Birthdays gone past. Was there still drama and craziness? Yep…There has always been at least a little drama and craziness surrounding my natal festivities, so why should this year be any different? Be that as it may, It was an amazing week both personally and professionally. The highlight was a small private dinner party that most of my family and loved ones gave me to help me celebrate turning 51. I learned a lot and felt even more changes occurring in my heart and life during those few short hours. I almost cannot explain it. It was a brief yet very important experience in my life which I will always cherish and keep close to my heart. I sit here today and look where I was just a little over two short years ago. I was at one of the lowest points of my life when I finally chose to enter a local Celebrate Recovery program in Dacula, Georgia. Seriously, for the first time I chose to turn my entire life over to God, and let him heal me and guide my way. Both physically and emotionally, the experience has been more difficult, confusing, scary and bumpy than anyone who has not been through similar circumstances can imagine. But I sit here today surrounded by unprecedented...

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SO LONG ANDY….

Posted by on Jul 3, 2012

I am extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Andy Griffith today. Mr. Griffith had and extremely long and fruitful career. I enjoyed everything that he ever gave us to no end. But like many, I will always remember him as Sheriff Andy Taylor. It is no secret to those who know me that The Andy Griffith Show has always been my favorite TV Show for all of my life. Not only because of the amazing writing and comedy, in that respect the show was magic beyond belief, but because of the simpler and more wholesome way of life the show betrayed. A show of love, decency, morality and family. I was a part of that kind of life through my Grandparents on both my Mother and my Fathers side. It has remained a part of me that could never ever be removed or altered, and I go there when I want to think of peace, innocence and extreme happy moments in my life. Like Mayberry….Just like Mayberry When I became a Father, as odd as it may seem I looked to Andy Griffith and the many life lessons he taught his young son Opey to help me with my road map to cover that journey. I knew Andy was getting up in years and would not be with us for long, so I was expecting this. But I didn’t think his death would hit me as hard as it has….Mayberry and the world has lost the best Sheriff we ever had. So before I get too sentimental and mushy I think I will go down to the diner and shed a few tears for Andy. I hope Juanita is working……… Thanks, Andy….Say hello to Barn for us…. Jeff...

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HEARTFELT THANK YOU TO ALL THAT ATTENDED MY 50TH BIRTHDAY PARTY

Posted by on Oct 12, 2011

I am still reeling, dizzy and in awe at the turnout, events, performances and overall success of my 50th Birthday/CD Release Party on July 13 at Hemingways in Marietta, Ga. It was so hard to take it all in while it was happening. All the love in the room was so surreal and overwhelming for me. I was NOT expecting, nor did I plan my show for such an enormous turnout. To make it extra special my Mom, Dad, my brother Pat and I were together again. It has been YEARS since we were in the same room, much less in a photograph together. I saw faces together in the same room that I have not seen in many, many years. Some never at all. I saw friends I have not seen in decades. People drove in from out of state, Families changed plans, strict work schedules were changed. I tell you, I am just filled with thankfulness. While I was singing that night everywhere I looked there was a face I knew, a memory of a time in my life. So many, many special memories. The only drawback and thing I would change is that I wish I could have spent time with EVERY SINGLE person who came. It is always completely impossible to perform and spend quality time with everyone who comes to see you. Especially when there is a vast amount of people. But I ALWAYS try. I will do my best to touch base with everyone who came, who sent me cards, e-mails, messages, voice mails and presents as quickly as I can. Each and everyone meant the world to me. In all honesty, it was extremely hard for me NOT to stay emotional many, many times throughout the course of the evening. The performances my friends gave meant so much to me. While not perfect, there was a lot of emotion going on and I hope that transferred to the audience. I had planned for a small, easy listening get together musical reflection of my life. Not for the overwhelming number of friends who came out to help me celebrate and READY to rock. It was SO HARD to hear onstage because the club was so loud. Looking back, I should have brought more PA and put together a more rock and roll show for everyone, but oh well….it was what it was and...

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THE FIRST 50 YEARS – JEFF PIKE BIRTHDAY BASH AND CONCERT – JULY 13, 2011

Posted by on May 28, 2011

I would like to personally invite anyone who has ever enjoyed my music to a very special Birthday Concert helping me celebrate my 50th trip around the sun. I really cannot believe it has finally arrived and how quick the passing of time has been. For many years I have contemplated how I would spend the 50th anniversary of my arrival to this planet, and who I would spend it with. After long and careful examination of my career and my personal life as it is today, I came upon the obvious, and only answer to this question. I want to spend it celebrating, singing, laughing, crying and making music with the dear people who have shared my life with me, shaped my heart and soul, supported my music, stood by me through the good and the bad and helped make me the man I am today. All during the course of the evening I will be inviting friends and musicians who I have played with over the years to join me onstage to perform certain select songs of my personal choosing. Every song I perform will either have been extremely important in the journey of my life, or one that helps tell my story and is very, very close to my heart. There will be several songs I have never performed in public before, for personal reasons, and may never perform onstage again. Both cover and original songs. I am going to start with 1966 and try and bring it up the present. Tough job but should make for a good show. The show will be recorded for posterity. I have another BIG surprise about this evening to tell you…..but I need to wait just a little while longer…..:-) Stay tuned for a very cool update. I do hope you can make it. Thanks to everyone who has shared my life with me, both past and present, here and gone….and for helping and allowing me the honor and privilege to live my life like a song. Stay tuned for more info… 🙂 The road is long… Jeff...

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WHAT’S NEW WITH JEFF – APRIL 2011

Posted by on Apr 11, 2011

CONCERT CALENDAR Well, the season is here!. If you plan on coming to some shows this spring and summer I encourage you to visit the Concert Calendar often. A1A, The Jeff Pike Band and my own solo dates are being added and edited regularly. NEW A1A CD UPDATE Friends, the new A1A CD is just around the corner. We promise. Packaging is finished, mixing is 90% complete and we are very close to the finish line. However, we have run into some unfortunate health issues with the very talented people who are producing and mixing this project. This being the case our release date has been pushed back a bit. Don’t worry, everyone and everything is going to be just fine and we should be on The Road To Paradise before too much more time goes by. But in the meantime, keep us in your prayers and send some positive energy our way. 🙂 More info coming soon. HUGO DUARTE AND JEFF PIKE After not playing or seeing each other in 6 years, my very good friend Hugo Duarte and myself came together for an unrehearsed improvisational House Concert sponsored by The Atlanta Trop Rock Alliance on January 29, 2011 in Marietta, Georgia. The show was so successful, moving and inspiring that we have devoted ourselves to bringing this special event to all who will listen.. We are wanting to take the “Wonder What Is Going To Happen Next” Tour on the road this year. If you or anyone you know would be interested in hosting a local House, Club or Community Concert, or if you would like some more information on just what a House Concert is, please get in touch with me at Jeff@jeffpike.com. You can listen to a vast selection of live tracks from that nights performance as well as performances from my most recent House Concert with Kelly McGuire at www.youtube.com/a1ajpike That’s it for now…See ya at the show! Jeff...

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