He's been at this a long time now. According to his myspace bio: "After getting his first electric guitar - a red Fender Duo Sonic - when he was 12, Himmelman soon started a rock band and began writing songs. During his high school years, he would venture over to North Minneapolis to play R&B with a circle of musicians that included future soul singing star Alexander O'Neal. In twelfth grade, he also became the guitarist (and one of only two whites) in Shangoya, an otherwise all-Trinidadian reggae/calypso band."
I'd lost track of Peter over the years - and I reconnected with him again (musically) just last year when I saw him at the Annex touring behind Imperfect World. A bunch of us were in attendance and all left amazed. I for one have never seen a performer that was as spontaneous and daring as Peter. He’s a fabulous songwriter, and you should definitely try to see him when he plays at the Annex on Sunday, August 5th.