Pete Milano has been playing Bluegrass music most of his life. His uncles had a band in northern New Jersey and would meet on a regular basis at Pete's parents house to practice. As a teenager Pete played lead, rythmn and electric bass in rock and roll bands. Following the rock and roll era he joined a country western band playing electric bass. It was during this time that Pete acquainted with quite a few bluegrass musicians from New York and Northern New Jersey. He traveled to many of the festivals and shows that the bluegrasser's attended and occassionally performed at too. One informal group that he became acquainted with included Dave Freeman (of Rebel Records), on Mandolin and singing baritone. When an opportunity to play bluegrass came along Pete joined the group Eddie and the Mueller brothers from western N.J., playing bass fiddle and mandolin.
To further pursue playing bluegrass music Pete moved to northern Virginia where he joined the group "The Hobbs Sisters and Bob Goff Jr.", playing mandolin. After departing from the The Hobbs Sisters and Bob Goff Jr. band, he had a short tenure with the Jimmy Bowman Band (Jim is pictured in the Don Reno song book with Don), followed by a few years with the Southern Sounds of Grass with bookings that included festivals around the Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia areas, and the old school house in Lucketts, Virginia.
Indian Springs, MD
Pete formed a few groups in the Northern Va., area including South Fork Run and Southern Tradition that included Jr. Sisk (from Ramblers Choice, Wyatt Rice & Santa Cruz, and Blueridge) on guitar and singing lead.
During 1999 Pete teamed up with Brothers, Bob and Dave Shaw along with Bill Beeler and formed the band The Shaw Brothers and Pete Milano. A group that regularly performed for some 15 years as a mainstay monthly performing Band at the well renowned Bluegrass Music Restaurant, The Tiffany Tavern in Alexandria, VA. Pete and the Shaw Brothers still get together on occassion.
Pete has performed playing mandolin, singing lead and tenor with the Gospel group Jerusalem Ridge, and Bass, singing lead and tenor with the Country Honky Tonk Band "Pot Belly Pig Band". In addition he performs over 50 gigs per year as a solo artist.
Pete Milano Guitar, lead vocals
Bob Shaw Banjo, tenor & lead vocals
Dave Shaw Bass, baritone, lead vocals
Emory Lester Mandolin
Tad Marks Fiddle
She's no Angel
Cheap Love Affair
Whose Shoulder will you Cry
Cry from the Cross
A few More Seasons
The Waters so Cold
God Gave You to Me
Where the Soul of Man Never Dies
Say Won't you Be Mine