Tabernash: Devil’s Thumb kicks of season of live music |

Tabernash: Devil’s Thumb kicks of season of live music

by Cyndi McCoy
Tabernash, Colorado

Hundreds, probably thousands of feet have traversed the colorful Colorado Trail, but few with as far-reaching a destination as musician Pete Kartsounes.

Along with a 500-mile trek through the rugged splendor, the singer/songwriter played several shows to raise funds for Hike 4 Cancer. He formed the non-profit foundation just last year, with the help of friend John “Digger” Pelaez (co-founder). Their mission:

To support kids with cancer and their families. Through the group’s efforts, Kartsounes hopes to raise money and awareness for organizations that offer support and activities centered around the young patients.

“I felt like there had to be more giving,” he said of the direction his music was taking him. “It feels really good to be a part of something like this.” He said it’s about music and community, about awareness and “getting people involved in a cool thing,” to “get as many branches on the tree” as he can to reach out to those in need.

Music is his biggest passion, he said, but nature is close behind. From Denver to Durango last summer Kartsounes hiked with legendary backpacker and outdoorsman Namie “Nean” Bacile. Meanwhile, as part of the major fundraiser for his new cause, Kartsounes played shows in Breckenridge, Leadville, Salida, Pagosa Springs, and Durango to raise money for Camp Wapiyapi.

The guitarist (who also plays harmonica and piano) also used the six-week adventure to write fresh material for a new CD. Proceeds from it will benefit the Estes Park camp. Hike 4 Cancer has also just announced its 2009 beneficiary to be

Kartsounes, of Boulder, moved to Colorado in 1994 from Flint, Mich. to follow his dreams. He always knew music was his calling and has been a full-time musician for about 15 years now. His style is known to highlight elements of the blues, jazz, soul and bluegrass, with many songs and ballads telling a story.

The more he travels and the more years that are behind him, “the more I have to share with the music world,” he said. He played with a variety of music ensembles (he is a former member of the Wayword Sons) and is excited to be branching out on his own this past year. “I love doing the singer/songwriter thing,” he said. “There are no borders and I have the freedom to play what I am influenced by and what I come across in life and over time.”

Devil’s Thumb Ranch is hosting live music throughout the winter season at Heck’s and at the Ranch House Restaurant. This upcoming Kartsounes show will feature songs from the trail and songs for his new CD, set for release by next fall. Other January performances highlight Brad Pregeant and Patrick Brower Jan. 17, Jack Hadley Jan. 24, and Chris “Willy” Williamson Jan. 31. Future shows with Pete Kartsounes are scheduled Feb. 7 and March 28.

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