Pete Rafle 14


Virginia US   Jan 15

Artist Bio

Influences:   Billy Bragg, Don McLean, John Doe, Johnny Cash, Nick Lowe, Cole Porter, Aimee Mann and Jason Isbell

This is my first foray into FAWM-dom -- loving my Fawmling experience so far. I live outside Washington, DC, and would love to collaborate with others in the area and beyond. Been a bassist and guitarist since I was a teenager, but only really got serious about songwriting a few years ago after attending Steve Earle's songwriting camp (and subsequently Richard Thompson's Frets & Refrains). I'm a regular on the Social Distance Cafe's weekly online open mics (Join us!, and I'm looking forward to sharing my songs with live audiences again (soon, I hope!).

Here's my more pretentious "official" bio:
Springfield, Virginia, based singer-songwriter-bassist Pete Rafle is an alumnus of Steve Earle’s Camp Copperhead and Richard Thompson's Frets & Refrains, where he has had the privilege of honing his craft under the tutelage of Dar Williams, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, Richard Thompson, and Sloane Wainwright.


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  • @wobbiewobbit  6 weeks

    thank you 😀

  • @jeff9  7 weeks

    Thanks for the very generous comments, Pete, on "If Anybody Cares" and "Pardon My Love".

  • @sph  Mar 8

    Hi Pete, Beth's flute arrangement is just great! Thinking of getting the guys in my jazz band playing the lines but I'm afraid it won't translate too well to trombone and alto sax.

  • @tamsnumber4  Mar 5

    Thanks for listening to my songs "I Am Frankenstein" and "Amelia", I appreciate it!!

  • @franniezest  Mar 3

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments! Definitely gave me some great stuff to think about 😀

  • @mal70 Feb 28

    Hi. Post CLIFFHANGER - excellent!

  • @fearlessflight2014  Feb 27

    Oh! Thank you for adding ‘Already Leaving’ to the recommended songs thread! That was one of those songs that came out in a rush and felt whole, yet still feels massively confronting to share here. I’ve been encouraged to hear that it feels relatable and real to most folks and not melodramatic. Am looking forward to having a listen while I’m here!

  • @e3103 Feb 26

    Thanks for your comment on Knut:-)
    You're a great storyteller!

  • @mal70 Feb 26

    Done it, Pete. 14 lyrics - and one has become musicalised! Waiting for your take on one or another 🙂🙂

  • @yam655  Feb 26

    Originally it was "at school"! I'll have to change it back after FAWM.

    I work for a public university, so I didn't want it to sound too fact-based.

  • @mal70 Feb 25

    Hi Pete. Thanks re SIMPLE LOVE. Glad you like it, I was really pleased with writing something that wasn't just dark but hopeful too maybe. Follow your urge re a tune, would love to hear what you do. Love your Café performances btw. You get better and better I'm still battling with holding one tune together on guitar! Getting there though

  • @gb9  Feb 25

    Thank you so much for the appreciation and kind comments on 'Let It Go' 😀

  • @skibum1066  Feb 25

    Thanks for your kind words on my recent collab "Love is the Light"

  • @aneil Feb 25

    @prsongsmith thx for your comment on juggler i may well take your advice and add another verse! Thx for the interaction. Looks like you having a fab FAWM! I'll give you songs a listen

  • @gm7  Feb 22

    Thx for the kind words on 'Sweet Ear Whimpers'. It was fun piece to do.

  • @scubed  Feb 21

    You're very welcome!

    I've always heard that when you cry while writing a song, you know it's something special. I've had it happen a couple of times over the years, and both of the songs turned out to be ones that other people found deeply moving.

  • @scubed  Feb 21

    Thanks so much for your very kind comment on my skirmish song, “Pushing Upward (Roll Down the River)”!

    Welcome to FAWM! I’m glad you’re having fun. I love your musical influences, BTW, and I see you’ve had songwriting workshops from some of my favorite songwriters.

  • @grenzgaengerin Feb 21

    Thank you very much for your comment on "A soup without potatoes"
    that means a lot to me - enjoy this meal 😉

  • @mikedelaney Feb 21

    thank you for the comments on "Layers vs Skin". I use Band in a Box for my demos. This allows me to work quickly at getting something usable. I love it!

  • @bodhisvaha  Feb 18

    Thanks for the kind words on “Just Like!”

  • @jonmeta  Feb 15

    Thanks for encouraging me on the found audio piece. It’s not my usual style! Definitely try it, and I’ll keep an eye out for the result.

  • @rockstarsmd  Feb 13

    Hey Pete, Thanks for the nice feedback re: my RT song. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on Frets & Refrains... I'm hugely interested in attending, just trying to justify the cost and time away from family, etc. Sure sounds like amazing fun!

  • @standup  Feb 10

    Thanks for putting “Sweetheart of Abstraction” on the recommended list.

    And thanks for comments on the bass. I posted that after midnight on a work night, and just forgot to do a bass part. Which is sad, since more than anything else I AM a bass player.

    So the commenters on the first day probably didn’t hear bass on it at all.

  • @torsten  Feb 9

    Thank you very much for your feedback and your very thoughtful ideas about the evolving story of mermaid and crayfish! Very helpful 😉
    P.S. there is an @ too much in your facebook adress...

  • @lcad  Feb 9

    Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my two girls (hairy and less hairy). Much appreciated and wishing you a happy FAWM!

  • @emkaydeebee  Feb 8

    Thanks so much for your comment on Puff Pastry Dragon!! If only every BakeOff challenge was in pastry, I’d be a choux-in! 🤣

  • @rwhosings  Feb 8

    Thanks again! A chamber choir.....has much potential, I love that idea.

  • @radiobenedetto  Feb 8

    Thanks for the comments Pete! It’s a real compliment comment coming from you. I love your lyrics! I don’t usually do storytelling songs but Jonny Got His Fun was a fun one. Looking fwd to hearing more from you!

  • @elenaduff Feb 8

    thanks for listening and commenting on my latest song!

  • @mal70 Feb 7

    Hi Pete. Thanks for the tip and the welcome. Looking forward to having some fun with fawn 🙂

  • @mhoff Feb 5

    Thanks for checking out my tune Pete!

  • @heid Feb 4

    Excited to see more from you as well! Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to listen to my songs!

  • @emkaydeebee  Feb 4

    Hey Pete, thanks so much for your comment on my 14x14! Good point re those words in songs... who knew it would ever have been possible?!!

  • @ayehahmur  Feb 4

    Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on Fixer Upper. Big choruses are a goal for me this year, so I'm glad that came across!

  • @jmadison  Feb 4

    Thank you so much for listening to my first fruits and breaking down the key and dominant chord. I knew that I was using a B (and notes around it) for the verses, and I knew that I was going to F# (and notes around that), but you've helped me see the relationship to those two "main" notes. Looking at my guitar, I see how the F# is the 5 chord from B. That's making sense now... even though I went DOWN from B to F# when I played the bass line. Thanks again. I'm -starting- to see how pieces go together.

  • @dudachris Feb 3

    Hey Pete, welcome!

    I was blown away by your song and am really looking forward to hearing more of your stuff! Be sure to also comment on songs and throw some thoughts on the forums; the community is 50% of why FAWM is so great!

  • @tamsnumber4  Jan 31

    Welcome and Happy FAWMing!!

  • @fuzzy  Jan 16

    Welcome to FAWM!!!

  • @tseaver  Jan 15

    Welcome, and happy FAWMing!