SD Rock and Roll Music Association is proud to induct Tom Peterson (tompete) as its Lifetime Achievement recipient in 2015
Tompete was born in Sioux falls in 1953, and was raised in a military family. He lived in several different places as a child, attending Sioux Falls O'Gorman HS and graduating in 1971.
Along with his friends Charley Smith, David Everist, Mark Kreitzer, and Tony Krogh, he founded the Rocky Mountain Oysters, playing folk music, old-timey, bluegrass, and country rock in the eastern SD area.
In the 70's, tompete played in and wrote many songs for Blueberry Buckle and The Red Willow Band, as well as his own band Que Pasa. During this period many midwestern artists covered his tunes.
In the 80's he lived in Colorado, playing guitar with Irish singer Mick Bolger (now leader of the band Colcannon). He also spent time in Nashville, TN, freelancing as a solo artist and writer.
When he returned to SD, he performed with the Dakota Theater Caravan, and the Hidden Timber Bluegrass Band. He continues to make new songs and play music, sometimes with his long-time sidekick, Charley Smith, or the TomPete Band.
His sign is Scorpio and his favorite color is fuscia.
2015Lifetime Achievement Award