Morning Star Newsletter – October-November 2014 Edition


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the occasionally updated newsletter of the Peter Mayer Group

Greetings from the Wild West

What’s up… to all of my friends out there? It’s hard to believe but I am sitting in Las Vegas, looking at performing our last show of the year with Jimmy Buffett at the MGM Grand tomorrow night. It’s been a great year that has gone by like lightning. From Texas to the Midwest, the Northeast, across the pond to Paris, and now on the left coast, we have covered a lot of territory with a good batch of songs and great people to travel with I might say. Thanks to all of you who welcomed us along the way in whatever garb or group we are in at the time.

Meeting of The Minds

The Peter Mayer Group will be coming back again to Key West for this year’s Meeting of the Minds- Havana Day Dreamin’! If you haven’t registered yet or have a hankering to come, it’s right around the corner and this year you can register onsite.  Get all the info at: . Key West alone is a great destination spot to get you running on Island time. Among my favorite spots to see…Ft. Zachary Taylor, The Key West Cemetery, Sunset Key from Mallory Square. Then the incredible food: BO’s Fish Wagon, Blue Heaven, Salute and Café Sole. You will see bars and lots of bars, Louie’s Backyard, The Smokin’ Tuna (where Scott Kirby will be performing each afternoon) and the flagship Margaritaville, The Hog’s Breath Saloon and the Green Parrot Bar. Then you get an incredible line up of performers that have been gathered together by PHIP for this years event. They include: Sunny Jim, John Frinzi, Tropical Soul, John Patti, Marshall Chapman, Will Kimbrough, The Coral Reefer Band, Mac McAnally, Robert Greenidge and Mike Utley do a Club Trini Set …I’ve left out more than I’ve mentioned, but there’ll be a lot of music happening. We play Friday night from 9:45-11:15 at the Casa Marina Big Stage. Joining me onstage this time are Roger Guth, Jim Mayer, R. Scott Bryan on percussion and vocals, Chris Walters on Keyboards, Maggie Estes White on Violin, and Brendan Mayer on guitars and vocals. We’ve spiced up the setlist with some different songs this time along with some of the favorites that we play and we’ll be debuting a new song as well, “Land Called Summer.” You can check it out here:
Recording in my room with the Microphone X

Brendan Mayer’s new EP now available!

“I’m proud to announce Brendan’s EP is finally out and available! It’s been a good year touring together and so gratifying now to see this music out on the streets. Thanks to all of you who supported this project along the way!”  Peter MayerBrendan’s new EP will be available for sale in Key West, during the Peter Mayer Group’s performance.Our special thanks to Kei Hirata, who is listening to Brendan’s “Getaway Car” EP in Japan! This is a recent facebook post from Kei:

The other day I downloaded this EP through iTunes. I do love his music, so I ordered physical disc at Mailboat Records and today it arrived at my home.What a beautiful music, lyrics & artwork !

Don’t miss it.

Brendan Mayer / The Getaway Car EP

His debut 6 tracks-EP was released on October 15, 2014.

Produced by Peter Mayer, Brendan Mayer & Jim Mayer

Digital download is available through :

Physical disc available through :

My favorite tunes :
#1 ” Getway Car ” (Written by Brendan Mayer & Peter Mayer)
#3 ” Wake Up ” (Written by Brendan Mayer & Peter Mayer)

Fingers Taylor Trust Fund Raiser tonight at the Smokin’ Tuna!

Come by the Smokin’ Tuna in Key West on Tuesday night right before we kick off Meeting of the Minds 2014!! Brent Taylor who is the brother of Coral Reefer Greg “Fingers” Taylor will be selling shirts and CDs for the Fingers Taylor Trust. Brent will also be in the MOTM Mini Mart so come on by and see him as we open the Mini Mart on Thursday morning!

Hugo Duarte Benefit at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon, October 30!

As many of you know, our friend Hugo Duarte has been battling an illness, and treatments lately have prevented him from performing. Being sick is bad enough, but the added stress of medical bills and keeping the lights on when you can’t work is a nightmare. So I hope those of you in the Keys will join Scott Kirby and Sunny Jim as they host a benefit for Hugo at the The Smokin’ Tuna Saloon on October 30th, at 7:00 pm.  There will be lots of special musical guests on hand and you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to a great night for Hugo.
October 31 – Key West, FLNovember 1 – Key West, FLDecember 7 – Stone Mountain, GA

December 8 – Abingdon, VA

December 9 – Virginia Beach, VA

December 10 – Lancaster, PA

December 12- Somerville, NJ

December 13 – TBA

December 14 – Bartlett, IL

December 16 – Hopkinsville, KY

December 18 – St. Louis, MO

December 19 – Tulsa, OK

December 20 – Linn, MO

More tour dates? Visit Peter’s website at!


Stars and Promises 2014 – Evergreen

Before you know it the Christmas season will be here. We are just finishing up the Stars and Promises Schedule for this year. Check your calendar and come see us while we “ring out the bells” for Christmas with this year’s theme – “Evergreen.” It’s about celebrating the tradition and significance of the Christmas tree as a symbol of hope, life, and light amidst the dark days of winter.  We’ll look forward to seeing you there.
The schedule is as follows:December 7 – Smoke Rise Baptist Church; 5901 Hugh Howell Road, Stone Mountain, GA 30087December 8 –  Barter Theatre; 127 West Main Street, Abingdon, VA  24210

December 9 – Barry Robinson Theater; Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School;4552 Princess Anne Road,Virginia Beach, VA  23462

December 10 –  Highland Presbyterian Church; 500 E. Roseville Road,  Lancaster, PA  17601

December 12-  United Reformed Church; 100 Main Street, Somerville, NJ

December 13 – TBA

December 14 –  Living Lord Lutheran Church; 1044 Congress Drive, Bartlett, IL  60103

December 16 – Alhambra Theatre; 507 South Main Street, Hopkinsville, KY  42240

December 18 –  Sheldon Concert Hall; 3648 Washington Boulevard, St. Louis, MO

December 19 –  Venue68, A Ministry of Asbury United Methodist Church; 6910 South 101st E Ave., Tulsa, OK  74133

December 20 – St. George Church; 611 Main Street, Linn, MO  65051

Hole and a String- Cote PM Model

This month’s special instrument is actually two, both a guitar and a microphone that I used to record the track mentioned above “Land Called Summer.” Many of you have seen me play a Rosewood and Cedar Cote guitar made by Gary Cote, a guitar maker from New Hampshire. This one is a “PM” model that was built for me by Gary when he heard I loved the sound of the JPB Martin guitar model, which is a Jimmy Buffett triple O Polywog model with Sitka Spruce top and Mahogany sides. It has a bright and punchy sound without the big boomy bottom of bigger slot head guitars. Since the 12 fret models mean that the neck meets the guitar body at the 12th fret, normally it limits your ability to access the high notes. We decided to make this a cutaway to accommodate access to all the frets, hence the “PM” model name. It is a great little strumming guitar and sounds phenomenal with a slide.
While out on this most recent Buffett tour, I recorded “Land Called Summer” in my room with an Aphex USB microphone called Microphone X­. It’s an excellent sounding USB Mic that you can use as a recording interface on the road. It plugs straight into the USB port of any computer. It’s got onboard software that gives you Aphex sound shaping capabilities and also a built in headphone amplifier as well. I found this to be very useful for road and travel use in that it is sooo compact for the sound quality it delivers. Very Cool!


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