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Peter Garstenauer Band

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Peter Garstenauer was born in Austria on February 8, 1965. He began playing the guitar at the age of 14. One year later, he founded his first band with two schoolmates, The Rhythm Gangsters.

The boys from Upper-Austria started playing the blues, and musical styles related to the blues. Since this kind of music was not part of their country’s musical traditions, the young band encountered many obstacles, some in form of well intentioned advice from commercially oriented musicians. Often, they were not taken seriously, or envied for their talent. Peter Garstenauer, however, continued steadfastly to pursue his interest, and proved to be a very passionate guitarist.

He was mainly influenced by Johnny Winter and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Playing the blues was no longer just a pastime for Peter, it became an antidote to everyday problems, a means to bring order to the chaos within and to freely express his feelings…

The same year (1994) they signed a recording contract with Wolf Records in Vienna for their new studio recording, which was soon then released. Their new CD, “Ain’t That Blues”, features a cult figure from Texas, guitarist Bugs Henderson.

During Henderson’s European tour in September/October 1994, The Living Guitar Legend From Texas was able to hear the Peter Garstenauer Band in concert, and spontaneously agreed to be part of their latest CD, “Ain’t That Blues”.

Peter’s mastery of the guitar caused Henderson to call him up on stage at a concert in Kufstein, Austria, to first blast a killer version of “Tore Down” through their amplifiers, then, to settle down into the mellow groove of slower blues.”

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