Pete Sears

”It’s like a tear in the hands of a western man… tell you about salt, carbon, and water…”

To my ears, he is a resplendent player who was the perfect choice to succeed the legendary Jack Casady in Paul Kantner’s rotating Jefferson Starship collective which commenced with Blows Against the Empire (1970). Pete Sears, from Bromley Kent, England, is a Bay Area icon renowned for his distinguished canon as a keyboard player and bassist.

A prolific plinker, Pete forged major contributions on scores of seminal sides by Rod Stewart, Hot Tuna, Grace Slick, Nick Gravenites, Papa John Creach, Robert Hunter, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Starship to cite a select few.

As a bassist, Pete’s grooves and upper register forays cleverly merged the Starship’s kaleidoscopic vocal harmonies as rendered by Marty Balin, Grace Slick, Paul Kantner, David Freiberg, and Mickey Thomas. Mr. Sears utilized a custom instrument created by one of Jerry Garcia’s favored craftsman, Doug Irwin (which went missing for 40 years and was recently returned), along with Fender and Rickenbacker. Pete was outstanding throughout the band’s entire history, especially on Dragon Fly (1974), Red Octopus (1975), and Spitfire (1976).

Mr. Sears is still rocking with Moonalice, and Harvey Mandel, among many other of his neighbors in Mill Valley, California.