The diverse musical journey of Pete "Mr
Pedro" Wyant originated in Colorado where he worked
through his High School years playing lead guitar for the Titians.
When the two key members, the Justice brothers, joined the military
the core of the band was no more and the band collapsed. Pete
entered a short musicial dry spot before joining a tour with the
New Moonrakers and the Sliver Streak. Following a brief tour he
joined the Spinning Wheel, an avant-garde musicial group that
included a San Francisco style traveling light show - performing
in night clubs and concerts through-out Colorado, Wyoming, Montana,
Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma Texas, and Arizona through the summer
1968, Pete ventured to Los Angles, California with Hardwater,
a talented group of song writers and vocalists who would record
for Capitol Records. The Grammy
winning producer David
Axelrod, whose credits included producing Cannonball Adderley,
Lou Rawles, Don Randi, etc. was contracted to complete the inaugural
album for the group. Two singles were launched from the album,
however the band was short-lived.
Cherry Red Records/TuneIn in the United Kingdom has reissued (2011) the Hardwater CD in animpressive package, full of background, stories, and history of the band, is also available through Amazon.com and Ebay. This is the first CD reissue for Hardwater’s highly-rated psychedelic
Hardwater circa 1969 - Capitol Records
rock album, produced by the legendary David Axelrod (Electric Prunes et al).The LA-based band recorded their sole album for Capitol back in 1968. Hardwater had evolved out of Denver Colorado's premier surf band the Astronauts (RCA). Combining elements of psychedelia and country rock, they explore the same dusty roads as The Byrds and the Buffalo Springfield. Alongside their original compositions, they seamlessly fitted in interpretations of three tracks written by John Carter and Tim Gilbert of fellow Denver band the Rainy Daze.The complete album from the master tapes for the first time on CD with copious liner notes and a plethora of rare photographs.
several guest appearances on other nationally distributed albums
and gigging with the GNP, a soul/blues band, and
then a 50's styled band, the Rocket 88's, Pete experienced an
concluded that a formal education in music was a necessary foundation
to pursue, if he were to seriously consider a career in music.
Four years later, his dedication, tenacity and talent resulted
in being awarded a degree in music, from the prestigiousLamont
School of Music at the University
after his university graduation, with degree inhand, Pete returned to Los Angles where
he landed a teaching position at the esteemed Musicians
Institute where he remained for seventeen years. During
this time Pete would envolve himself in a wide spectrum of musical
projects. As a pet project, Pete formed Pedro and the China Men,
a musical group that perform around the Los Angles area. During
this same time frame, he wrote and arranged an inspired album
of children's songs in both Spanish and English - intended help
teach language skills for emigrant students.
a result of the unique teaching methods he has developed an ability
to teach and improve the language skills of children. Recently,
Pete was invited to visit Chicago, where he presented his method
of teaching language through music. A series of bilingual and
pure Spanish classes were presented to immigrant children who
possessed varying degrees of skills in English. The concert series
presented to the Berwin Children's Bi-lingual Children's Center
was enthusiastically received.
the same period, Pete was also invited as a keynote speaker at
Morton College, where an audience of preschool teachers were given
a demonstraton on how to teach language, through music, to pre-schoolers.
Pete lives in Mexico City, where he teaches guitar and several classes, one of which is aptly titled, "Rock History."
Additionally, Pete developed workshops
for blues, the Beginings of Rock and Jazz, along with a classes
on chord voicing and accompaniment.
Pedro continues recording his own musicial creations spanning
a diversive range of music from down home blues to classic jazz.