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Writer, performer, banjoist and guitarist Tony Petersen began playing guitar at age 15 and has been performing across the country since high school.

Tony is currently a part of the national touring act Social Animals ( and has a solo project under the name Ditchbird.


Petersen also records commercial music, with songs being used in ads by ABC News and Smirnoff Vodka.

After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2011, Tony founded Boss Booking and Management and began booking musical acts into venues throughout the US.

Tony co-wrote and co-produced five bluegrass albums with the Duluth band Saint Anyway, and produced the album "Ride Of My Life" with Duluth act Colleen Myhre.


Tony is also frequently gigging around the Minneapolis area with the band Prank Williams,"the rabble-rousing folk band, have been a fixture in the Minneapolis folk music community for over ten years".



Two albums out now

"Immediately shines with gentle warmth and inviting energy." - Under The Radar Magazine

"Petersen has a story-telling essence that is emotionally explosive but remains invitingly gritty." - Glide Magazine

"A burst of energy that's packed with sharp hooks and a warm melodic sweetness." - Floated Magazine

Raised in Cloquet, Minnesota, Petersen discovered rock & roll while riding around town in his father's car. Those memorable trips — with music on the radio, Petersen in the backseat, and his Dad behind the wheel — left a lasting impression. Petersen began playing electric guitar and eventually hit the road with Social Animals, opening for acts like Dashboard Confessional and All-American Rejects, while playing an anthemic, modernized version of the genre that had first captivated him. Along the way, he stockpiled a number of newly-written songs that didn't necessarily gel with Social Animals' cathartic stomp. Those songs piled up, unused, for years, then found their way onto Ditchbird's full-length debut, Real Enough For You Now, in early 2021.

Petersen's music has always been multi-faceted. With Social Animals, he's an internationally-celebrated rocker and lead guitarist, adding atmosphere and attitude to songs built for stadiums. With Real Enough For You, he scaled his songwriting back to its acoustic roots, reworking the influence of Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, and The Replacements to his own brand of heartland folk-rock. With Some Dreams, he punctuates songs about the artistic experience — the elation, the anxiety, and the long drives from one show to the next — with guitar-heavy arrangements that nod to his rock & roll roots. This is Petersen's story, but it's our story, too: a universal tale about chasing down one's dreams, set to a soundtrack that's as melodic as it is muscular.

                 - Andrew Leahey



Social Animals - Music Videos
Social Animals - Cold
Jill & Tony - I'm On Fire (Bruce Springsteen)
Ditchbird - Always Coming Down
Guitar Solo Sample




Click to view lyrics to the Ditchbird album "Real Enough For You Now" in PDF or Word format

Click to view lyrics to the Ditchbird EP "Some Dreams" in PDF or Word format

Click to view lyrics to the Ditchbird album "Luck" in PDF or Word format




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