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PK Dwyer / Press

“The modern folk music of america June 20 at 2:17pm · Monday Music: PK Dwyer is a lifelong street musician from Seattle who has traveled all over america playing music of many towns and cities. He sent me his new album "Busker Do" in the mail. It's a solid collection of original folk songs, recorded in a very raw style with guitar, harmonica and voice, in the tradition of Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Ramblin' Jack Elliot. listen for some great picking, clever lyrics and classic harmonica riffs. all delivered with the energy you need to get people to hear you out on the streets, with plenty of subtlety as well.”

“. . . The story goes that Dwyer's wife made the suggestion that her husband, a professional busker, should go play in front of the Grand Cinema on Oct. 9 during the heavily-attended Tacoma Film Festival. He followed her advice and did just that. He opened his guitar case and started playing, and he attracted the attention of Aaron Stevens, a member of Tacoma band Goldfinch and program manager for Broadway Center. Stevens asked Dwyer if he'd like to open for Jeff Bridges and The Abiders. Yeah, that happened. But make no mistake, this wasn't just some feel-good story arranged as a publicity stunt. Dwyer is an incredibly gifted musician and proved himself quite worthy of occupying the stage that would soon be full of The Abiders. The half-dozen blues songs that Dwyer played were all gutsy, gritty and played from the soul. He drew a standing ovation from a very appreciative Tacoma crowd . . .”

“It’s probably 40 degrees out here, straight across the cobblestones from our arcade entrance, on a brisk autumn day, and PK Dwyer is harping and strumming the blues, and you can tell he MEANS IT. His guitar case has some bills and some change and some self-produced CD’s in it, and he’s putting out “”TIN CUP BLUES” from his latest cd “ROUGH SHOD”, whick I pick up for a stocking stuffer. The market is full of fantastic street musicians “buskers” that have different styles that keep all of us alive even on the coldest days of the year. Every corner and in between we have singers, magicians, trios, dancers… but especially talented buskers playing their souls out. Pitch some loot in their guitar or fiddle cases, because they’re obviously not making rent doing this… and where else do you get to be an audience of one to something as real as this? It’s the real deal, just like the rest of the market … its not a mall! ~ Mark”