Pete Donnelly

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Pete Donnelly is a Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey-based songwriter, musician and producer. Donnelly was a member of the legendary band NRBQ and is also a founding member of the Figgs, who have a worldwide fan base and a lengthy discography.

As the active bass player and songwriter in the Figgs, founded in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 1987, Donnelly has spent the past 25 years touring with the band and with a number of other artists, including Soul Asylum, Mike Viola & The Candy Butchers, Graham Parker and Tommy Stinson. Living in the Philadelphia area for the past decade, when not on the road, Pete Donnelly has been writing, performing, engineering and/or producing for a variety of artists, including John Legend, Sub Pop artist Death Vessel, G. Love & Special Sauce, Carsie Blanton, The Capitol Years, Amos Lee and Ben Arnold.

In 2011, Donnelly released When You Come Home, his debut solo album, which was highly regarded among critics. Famed WFMU DJ Bob Brainen included it (along with the latest NRBQ record) among his album picks for 2011, and Premier Radio’s Steve Reynolds placed it on his list of Top 20 albums for 2011.

When You Come Home was recorded mostly at Henry Hirsch’s Waterfront Studio in Hudson N.Y., with Fred Berman (Amos Lee) on drums and Adam Winokur on bass along with an assortment of top-notch players — including Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum), Britta Phillips (Luna, Dean & Britta), Jonn Savannah (Van Morrison, Squeeze) and Mike Gent (the Figgs, the Gentlemen).

In 2015, Grammy Winning artist Shelby Lynne released her album, I Can’t Imagine, the title track was co-written by Donnelly.

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