"I started playing guitar and writing songs at Old Town School of Folk Music," Peebler says, referring to the venerable Chicago institution dedicated to the celebration of musical tradition. "I have been a video game developer and software developer since moving to Chicago in the early 90s, but didn't start music until 2011." Since opening the proverbial floodgates, Peebler has written about topics as heavy as Nelson Mandela, Trayvon Martin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Boston Marathon bombing, Chelsea Manning, drone wars, immigration, slavery and poverty. Having released two albums (2011's sparse Follow The River and 2012's excellent, fully-realized Missing Anchor) and a series of online singles and demos, it's easy to chart the development of his songwriting. His early work is reminiscent of Mark Eitzel or Richard Thompson, his rich baritone croon supported by a simple guitar, spinning mournful stories of melancholy frustration, but as his confidence grows, so does the sound.
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