From Glocester to Nashville

From Glocester to Nashville

Pete Siner, who grew up in Glocester, says he learned how to play guitar through YouTube videos. In 2014, Siner learned his first full-length song, and later recorded himself singing for the first time. Since then, Siner has been on “The Rhode Show,” plays weekly in northern Rhode Island and has been accepted to shows in Nashville, Tenn., and Anaheim, Calif. (Breeze photo by Brittany Ballantyne)
Self-taught musician Pete Siner finds himself on the fast track

GLOCESTER – Pete Siner’s journey from the Ocean State to the Summer NAMM acoustic stage in Nashville, Tenn., came as a surprise – even to him.

His story is a bit uncommon. Though Siner harbored a love of music all his life, “musician” wasn’t attached to his identity until three years ago.

“I really wanted to learn to play the guitar. I finally decided to just spend all my money on the best guitar I could afford at the time to hold myself to learning it,” said Siner, who grew up in Glocester.

His greatest instructor? YouTube.

Determined to master the craft, Siner spent months strumming along to instructional YouTube videos. The singing and songwriting, he said, came later.

After learning his first full song on guitar during the summer of 2014, Siner recorded himself singing for the very first time. Friends and family were shocked to learn that the voice in the recording belonged to Siner. “The first few people I played the recording for didn’t believe it was me,” he said.

From there, his journey took off almost immediately.

On a whim, the 25-year-old musician sent in an application to NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants, in hopes of performing at its 2015 Summer NAMM Acoustic Stage, and later tried his luck at applying to perform at the Winter NAMM, where the audience is about 10 times the size.

NAMM is a nonprofit association that hosts annual private trade shows in both Nashville and Anaheim, Calif., where musicians including Stevie Wonder, Kenny Burrell, Taylor Swift, Darryl Jones of the Rolling Stones and G. Moe of Earth, Wind, and Fire have performed and perused the convention floors.

The show provides musicians from around the country the chance to encounter innovations in musical products, recording technology, sound and lighting. The association operates with a desire to promote music creation and appreciation to musicians of all ages through performances by various artists.

To Siner’s surprise, his Summer NAMM application was accepted with open arms – and ears. Nearly overnight, the Rhode Island native, a self-described newbie to the music scene, found himself traveling from Glocester to Nashville to embrace a whole new world.

Siner’s performance at the event was his first experience in playing on a “real stage.”

He has also recently been invited to Winter NAMM in Anaheim.

Speaking of his first Summer NAMM experience, he said, “I kind of just submitted my application with my fingers crossed. It was very humbling playing with so many great musicians.”

Siner, who has covered tracks by The Lumineers, Vance Joy and Sawmill Joe, carries a tune of folk rock. His original songs play to the “Ocean State waves.” The tranquility and relaxation of summer can be heard in Siner’s independently produced acoustic songs.

“Someone Out There,” a song of love, ache and a heart’s triumphant yearn for renewal, encapsulates Siner’s sound. He attributes the sense of calm in his music to his surroundings. As Siner has said, summers in Rhode Island are tough to beat, and he hopes to capture the local color in his voice.

Some Rhode Islanders may recognize Siner after his performance on “The Rhode Show,” which aired July 29 of this year.

With his career just beginning, Siner looks forward to spreading his sound across the state and beyond. He is no stranger to open mic nights, and you can catch him on stage with his guitar nearly every week.

Siner, who is a history teacher at Highlander Charter School, performs at a variety of local venues, including The Thirsty Beaver in Smithfield, Copperfield’s Burger & Beer House in Smithfield, The Whiskey Republic in Providence and The Friendly Tap in Cumberland. The singer and songwriter also performs for private and corporate events.

From Glocester to Nashville, and soon Anaheim as well, Pete Siner is a local sound to follow, and his journey has just begun.

To learn more and hear his music, visit petesiner.com .