December 2011 saw the release of When You Come Home, the debut solo CD/LP from Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey based songwriter, musician and producer Pete Donnelly. Donnelly, who was a member of the legendary band NRBQ, is also a founding member of The Figgs, which has a world-wide fan base, a hearty discography, and has toured and recorded several times with Graham Parker.
As the ever active bass player and song writer in The Figgs, founded in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. in 1987, Donnelly has spent the better part of the past 25 years touring with the band, as well as a number of other artists such as Soul Asylum, Mike Viola & The Candy Butchers and Tommy Stinson,
Living in the Philadelphia area for the past decade, when not on the road, Pete Donnelly has been writing, performing, engineering and/or producing for a variety of artists, including John Legend, Sub Pop artist Death Vessel, G. Love & Special Sauce, Carsie Blanton, The Capitol Years, Amos Lee and Ben Arnold, to name a few.
The critics regarded When You Come Home as a killer album, with famed WFMU DJ Bob Brainen including it (along with the latest NRBQ record) among his album picks for 2011. WYCH was included in Premier Radio’s Steve Reynolds Top 20 albums for 2011. Boston radio show ‘Bubbles in the Think Tank’ has When You Come Home in its list of favorite albums of 2011.
When You Come Home is a watershed record in Pete Donnelly’s prolific music career. The 14 tracks were recorded mostly at Henry Hirsch’s Waterfront Studio in Hudson NY; with Fred Berman(Amos Lee) on Drums, and Adam Winokur on Bass; and then over a period of two years in different cities and studios, and with an assortment of top-notch players — including Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum), Britta Phillips (Luna, Dean and Britta), Jonn Savannah (Van Morrison, Squeeze) and Mike Gent (the Figgs, The Gentlemen) .
Built upon catchy and sturdy melodies, and played with a genuine sense of care, Donnelly’s songs are testaments to his artistry, each inspired in part by all of the musicians he’s had an opportunity to work with