We recently had the opportunity to chat with up and coming Country Music Star Pete Schlegel! His current single, “I Don’t Drink Anymore” is currently # 67 on the country charts.
I have been a country music fan since I was little. I think one of the things that has always drawn me to the music is the story behind a lot of the songs. Many of the artists write their own songs and that makes the song so much more believable. I realize that is with all genres, but there is just something about country music that resonates a little more with me. My Dad listened to country music all of the time and I can remember listening to the early greats with him. There aren’t a lot of musicians anymore that have that type of sound. That is one of the things that drew me to Pete Schlegel. He happens to have that old time country music sound and I think after you listen to his music, you will agree.
During my recent interview with Pete, who grew up in Paulding County Ohio, that he is staying true to his small town roots. I hope you enjoy our chat.
How old were you when you first discovered that you loved music?
I received my first guitar when I was in the 4th grade and music became my passion.
I’m sure it’s hard to pick one, but do you happen to have a song that you’ve recorded that really defines you?
I didn’t write my early albums however, I wrote Little Ones about my kids when they were still at home.
Which artist influenced you the most growing up?
There were several, Mark Chestnutt, Daryle Singletary, Brooks & Dunn, Merle Haggard, Ronnie Milshap and Gene Watson.
If you could perform with any artist, who would it be?
Ronnie Dunn, Cody Jinx and Whitey Morgan
Who growing up influenced you the most as a person (non-artist) ?
My grandparents – Bill & Elaine
What do you want new listeners to come away with when they hear your music for the first time?
That I’m very genuine, down to earth
What is your dream as an artist?
To perform on stage at the Opry and in Germany and Norway
Before Pete arrived in Nashville, he was an Ohio State Patrol Trooper. I talked to him about his experience in the police academy and asked him what he felt about that experience.
Going through the academy was the best thing that ever happened. It gave me the tools and discipline that I needed.
He was also an EMS Helicopter Pilot. When I talked to him about that job, he replied,
“People would come back and thank you. It was a job that really made you feel good. You were helping people at one of the worst moments of their live and getting them the help they needed”.
His fifth and newest album, Pete Schlegel, J-Town #realcountryandproud, was released earlier this year. This album features the songs:
You can check out Pete’s music as well as all of his social media channels below!
Reverb Nation – https://www.reverbnation.com/peteschlegel
Website – http://www.peteschlegel.com/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/PeteSchlegel
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/realcountrypeteschlegel
I think once you listen to his music, you’ll see why he is becoming a well-known name in Country Music.