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GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 8, 2022 Folk music has a long history of championing political and social causes. The most recent example is an EP release by former medical social worker Pete Garfinkel called What You Know that shines a light on the human condition in a time of isolation.

Written remotely with Nashville songwriter and publisher Amanda Colleen Williams (I Can Be Me With You Garth Brooks), the songs took shape during the pandemic and provided a creative outlet for expression.

“I wanted to bring to light the issues families struggle with behind closed doors,” said Garfinkel.

“Pete has a unique perspective from his experiences in home health care and hospice, working with individuals and families in their own homes,” adds Williams. “We are excited to get these songs out into the world for people to hear, enjoy and share them.”

The 6-song album is available on all digital retailers including Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal on October 14, 2022, and can be pre-saved and sampled now on Pete’s official website homepage:

See Pete performing at the upcoming regional Folk Alliance festivals, and pop up shows around the U.S. this fall and winter. Updated show calendar and contact information on the website.

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Pre-order Pete's album here >>

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  • Writer's picturePete Garfinkel

Pete is excited to be performing at this year's FARM (Folk Alliance Region Midwest) Conference.

His debut release "Stand Alone" was added to a Spotify playlist curated by Nicholas James Thomasma featuring artists who are attending the event.

Stay tuned for new music coming soon from Pete Garfinkel!


Save and Preorder Pete's debut EP "What You Know" here

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  • Writer's picturePete Garfinkel

Pete has been traveling and performing a lot this summer.

Here is a selection of travel blogs he has written in the month of August while visiting Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and New York City, New York, U.S.A.

New York City, NY

I arrived in Greenwich Village on the corner of Washington Square Park. I was no more than a 10 minute walk from three of the world’s greatest jazz clubs.

The area was ripe with energy.

It was alive.

Even the coffee shop, which I fell in love with, was open until 2 or 3 in the morning.

The first cappuccino in the United States was there.

Culture and energies and languages – and the best jazz clubs in the world

On any night you can hear not only one fabulous artists, you can take your pick among ten world class talents.

It was almost too much joy for this music lover to stand.

Pittsburgh –

I heard someone say that Pittsburgh is the Paris of Appalachia. And that struck a chord with me, having just co-written the title track from “Appalachia Kid” with artist Amanda Colleen Williams.

It was warm and welcoming in the city, and rich in the flavors of the world.

Immigrants from all over the world ended up in Pittsburgh, and to this day are maintaining their distinctive cultures and their foods.

It’s inviting and a town that embraces its culture and prides itself on the cultures people brought with them.

They’ve got a reason to be proud of what they have there.

We strolled through Deutschtown up to Mount Washington and Squirrel Hill.

I jammed with another musician at Scarpaci’s bar, and we swapped songs for a couple of hours on the patio.

There was a fabulous Uzbeki restaurant around the corner from where we were staying.

Here are a few of the sights from Pittsburgh:

Gainesville, Florida –

Home again to Gainesville, Florida and this new mural we discovered -


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