Earlier this week, drummer Pete Siers and boogie-woogie piano hero Mr. B joined me in studio to talk about Pete's new record, Flea Circus ahead of their CD release concert Saturday at The Ark, their special friendship and life in general. Years ago, Mr. B and Pete became friends when the two recorded Hallelujah Train with The Bird Of Paradise Orchestra. Pete played drums on that legendary session. Their friendship blossomed when the two discovered that they shared a love of physical exercise and taking risks. The friendship deepened when Pete joined the original Joybox Express band and project.
Along with Mr B, guitarist Brian Delaney and bassist Carl Hildebrandt, Pete pedaled the piano bike on it's first major trip - across Michigan. Although Pete did not join Mr. B for the long Joybox Express trip down the entire length of The Mississippi river, he did join for segments and emotionally supported Mr. B's amazing, arduous endeavor. When Mr. B returned from the journey, the stars aligned and Pete was able to record the drums-piano duo recording he'd wanted to make for years.