Peter Schwimmer, a bluegrass picker since 1964,
has explored many musical styles (including jazz, blues, and country
music) and performed and/or recorded with bluegrass artists such
as Vassar Clements, Tony Trischka, Peter Rowan, and Del McCoury,
and with jazz fusion group Steps Ahead.
A founding member of Front Range, and a resume that includes
Oregon bands Train 145, Sam Hill, Dr. Corn's Bluegrass Remedy,
Lee Highway, and the Muddy Bottom Boys, Peter combines stylistic
elements of traditional players like Earl Scruggs, Porter Church,
Bill Emerson, and J.D. Crowe, with the melodic approach of players
like Bill Keith and Bobby Thompson, and mixes them with bluesy
licks using a solid and rhythmic right hand technique.
He was featured in Tony Trischka's book "Masters of the 5-String Banjo" and won the 1990 banjo, guitar, and mandolin contests in Telluride.
He taught at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, at Sound Acoustic
Music Camp, and he teaches banjo (and mandolin and guitar) in
his hometown of Portland, Oregon.