New release: Who Needs Happiness

Pete Richards

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Pete Richards has recorded a new album called Who Needs Happiness. There are a dozen songs with words and music by Pete.

For this recording guest vocalists from PEI were invited to sing their interpretation of one of the songs. The singers are Brielle Ansems, Nikkie Gallant, Mike Mooney, Kenny Pearl, Kinley Dowling, Drea MacDonald, Leonard Maxwell, Catherine O’Brien, Rebecca Parent and Allison Kelly.

The vocal tracks were recorded at different locations: Chris Gauthier’s Dunk River Sound in Breadalbane, Nathan Wiley’s studio The Nest in Summerside and David Rashed’s Studio at The Guild in Charlottetown. Pete is the lead singer on two songs which he recorded at his home studio.

Says Pete, “For this project I decided to gather up songs of mine that I had performed at venues such as Trailside Café, The Dunk and the Haviland Club, but that had not been recorded. It feels good to get them onto an album. And once again, as I did with my last album The Women All Were Dancing, I dipped into PEI’s great talent pool of singers to hear what they could make of the material. I love the results!”

Pete plays a variety of instruments including acoustic and electric guitars, dobro, bass and keyboards. He also programmed some of the drum tracks, but the majority of the songs feature the work of Island drummer Mat MacEachern. Mat’s tracks were recorded by Jon Matthews at Sound Mill Studios in Emyvale.

The album was mixed and mastered by Don Chapman in Point Prim. Cover is a painting by Island artist Karen Gallant.

Who Needs Happiness can be purchased as a CD or as a download from richardsmusic.org. Or you can go to the site just to listen. CDs are also available from Back Alley Music in Charlottetown.

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