Jeff Pike

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 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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