Pete Kartsounes and Michael Kirkpatrick come together as The Good Time Travelers. The duo released its debut album in March. This collection of music is mainly co-written folk, bluegrass and blues infused songs from the two award-winning singer-songwriters. It was created with “engineer wizard” Aaron Youngberg at Swing Fingers Studio in the foothills outside Fort Collins.
United by a passion for performing, this songwriting and pickin’ duo presents original songs about “the journey.” Both musicians have been leading bands around the west for some time but met each other at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Kartsounes was first runner up in the event’s prestigious Troubadour Competition in 2012 and 2013 and placed third in 2010. Kirkpatrick won in 2014.
At their first campground session, it became clear to all who witnessed the magic of these two troubadours that this was more than just another Town Park jam. Pete and Michael began co-writing in the summer of 2014, focusing on the alchemy of their unique voices and instrumental styles.
“The musical journey for me is to explore what we can come up with together, and bring it to the people.” Kartsounes said. “We found out right away that we can sing together well, so then we explored writing together and that has been a great journey thus far. We plan on being very busy as time goes on and we always are putting time aside to write more together.”
Kirkpatrick says his focus has always been songwriting and vocal technique, “specifically the marriage of melody and words.”
- Spirit Thereafter
- Blue Dream
- Taillights and Memories
- This Time Away
- Through It All
- See No Signs
- Come Back Home to Me
- Old Fashioned
- Going to California
- High Vibrations
- Here for You
Originally published in the August 2016 issue of the MMAC Monthly