The Pete Drake Project
Pete Drake was born in Atlanta. He once played in a band with Jerry
Reed, Joe South, Roger Miller, and Doug Kershaw. He went on to become
one of the most recorded steel guitarists ever. For many acts, Pete
Drake was the producer who made their records hits.
The newly-formed Georgia Steel Guitar Association thought it was time
to put Pete Drake in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. In 2005, Dozens
signed the petition that accompanied the nomination submitted by the
GaSGA. Steel greats like Lynn Owsley, Billy Robinson, Smiley Roberts,
Larry Sasser and Russ Hicks wrote letters in support of the nomination.
On September 11, 2010, Pete Drake will be inducted
into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame during the 32nd Annual Georgia
Music Hall of Fame Awards Show. Other inductees in the class of 2010
include India.Arie, The Black Crowes, and Jennifer Larmore . Held
at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in North Atlanta, the ceremony
will be televised live at 8:30 p.m. on Georgia Public Television.
Georgia Music Hall of Fame to Induct Pete Drake
The awards are hosted by the Friends of Georgia Music Festival,
a non-profit organization that honors the many achievements of Georgia
musicians, songwriters, composers, conductors, publishers and agents.
Each year, Friends of Georgia Music nominates, elects, and inducts
honorees into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, celebrating individuals
who have made a significant contribution to Georgia's musical traditions.
Pete Drake will be honored posthumously for his amazing career
spanning four decades as an artist, producer, and studio musician.
Pete Drake recorded with hundreds of artists, including Elvis Presley,
Dolly Parton, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynetteand
Waylon Jennings just to name a few. He produced Ringo Starr first
solo album Beaucoups of Blues, as well as projects with Ernest Tubb,
The Oak Ridge Boys, and Charlie Louvin.
Pete's wife and long-time business partner, Rose Drake, will attend
the ceremony and accept the award in Pete's honor.
"Pete was very proud of his Georgia roots, so it is really
an honor for our family to have him recognized as a member of the
Hall of Fame. If he could have been here to attend the ceremony,
I know he would have been thrilled," added Rose Drake.
The complete list of 2010 honorees are as follows: Performer- Multi-GRAMMY®
winning R&B Soulstress, India.Arie; Group- Multi Platinum Rock
and Roll Band, The Black Crowes; Non-Performer- Industry leader
in Artist Management, Charlie Brusco; Classical- outstanding American
mezzo-soprano and GRAMMY® winner, Jennifer Larmore; Pioneer-
Virtuoso Classical Pianist, Charles Wadsworth; Posthumous- Singer/Songwriter,
Paul Davis; Steel Guitarist, Pete Drake; Blues Musician, Rev. Pearly
Brown; and renowned legendary songwriter, John Jarrard.
The evening will include live performances by The Black Crowes,
Jennifer Larmore, legendary rock band, Styx and this year's Horizon
Award recipient, Spanish/Engish singer, Tyna Q. The distinguished
Horizon Award is given to an "up and coming" performing
artist or songwriter, either individual or group, with significant
ties to the State of Georgia, and who is expected to make a significant
future contribution to the world of music. MORE