“This Colorado-based foursome offers a magical array of eclectic acoustic instrumentation. Peregrin Road blends smooth fingerstyle guitars, mandolin, violin, ukulele, bass and recorder supported by rich harmonies, soaring vocals and insightful lyrics, inspired by the vastness and stark beauty of their beloved backyard Colorado Rocky Mountains.”
The eclectic acoustic foursome known as Peregrin Road began as a dream in the hearts of co-founders Matt Schofield and Brett Wilson. In the Fall of 2005, while backing up singer/songwriter, Jim Winder in concert, acoustic magic happened!
“It was as if someone had charged the air with millions of tiny particles of acoustic energy!” exclaims Brett. “You could feel the intensity in the silences between the notes and Matt and I just looked at each other and knew that something special was about to take place!”
From that moment they knew they would one day form a group and strive to make pure musical magic.
Matt, a veteran bass player/guitarist, grew up in Northern Illinois, first playing Cello at age 9, switching to Saxophone at 12. A year later he began studying the guitar and exposing himself to a diverse spectrum of styles ranging from jazz to rock to country to gospel and contemporary Christian. At 18 he joined a rock band called Joe Hawkins, performing music by artists like ZZ Top, Billy Idol and Rush as well as originals. They played the Chicago circuit for 3 years, gaining a large local following, frequenting venues that had not long before seen the likes of Styx and Cheap Trick.
In an effort to gain label interest, they moved to Southern California, where, for the next six years, the band built a significant fan base throughout the Los Angeles and Phoenix area.
After an earthquake destroyed their home and nearly took their lives in January of 1994, Matt and his wife Linda decided to move to a saner pace in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado where he met his future music partner, Brett Wilson.
The son of a Biology teacher, Brett grew up in the beautiful horse country of Maryland, while influenced by the 60’s & 70’s culture of the Washington D.C. area. It was here that his father would take him camping, caving and hiking the mountains of the Appalachian Trail where he learned a deep appreciation for creation and all things natural.
“While I was definitely in love with nature, I also became deeply interested in music,” recalls Brett. “My parents had quite a collection of records and I remember listening over and over to these singer/songwriters like John Denver, Neil Diamond and Simon & Garfunkel. I later discovered The Eagles, America and Dan Fogelberg where there was something in the ‘acousticity’ that drew me in. Their natural authenticity connected with my soul.”
He picked up the guitar at age 15 and a year later helped form his first band, an acoustic folk-rock act, Travelers Crossroads, which included guitar virtuoso/award winning songwriter, Tom Prasasda-Rao. Writing and recording originals, they toured the East Coast, performing in coffee houses, colleges, churches, youth groups and basically anyone who would listen. A major high point for the band was being joined by Ed King of Lynyrd Skynyrd, both in the studio as well as on some concert dates.
In the early ‘90’s, Brett moved his family to Nashville where he managed a recording studio and headed up a small artist-driven Christian record label. In 1995 they traveled for a year and a half, eventually winding up in Northern Colorado where he accepted a call to help start a church in Berthoud, and the wild beauty of the West took root in his veins.
It was here that he and Matt formed Peregrin Road and were soon joined by Native Coloradan, Kent Adamson on Bass, Drums and Percussion as well as Alabama born violin extraordinaire, Rex Bolan.
Based in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Peregrin Road is about the journey of life. It’s about love, laughter and learning the Art of Slowing Down and breathing in this gift we call life with all the passion, focus, purpose and determination the soul has to offer.