Peterson, David (and 1946)


  • From Nashville, Tennessee. Originally from Easton, Massachusetts.
  • A historian of bluegrass and country music and has performed with several bluegrass bands in Massachusetts, Texas, and Tennessee.
  • Formerly performed with a gospel group called Zion Mountain Bluegrass and the Andy Owens Project.
  • 1990, got a degree in pastoral ministry from Southwestern Assembly of God University. Served as a minister of music at a church in Mansfield, Massachusetts.
  • He has also worked as a fish delivery truck driver, a telemarketer, and a landscaper.
  • 1996, released solo project Jesus Use Me (no label).
  • 1998, formed his band “1946.”
  • Band name comes from the year the original bluegrass band (Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys with Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, Chubby Wise and Cedric Rainwater) first recorded. They wear vintage 1940’s attire when performing.
  • 2001, released first album David Peterson & 1946 (no label).
  • 2001, became first band to be officially sponsored by the Gibson Company in Nashville.
  • 2003, toured with Brooks and Dunn.
  • 2009, released In the Mountaintops to Roam album (no label).
  • 2009, released Howling Blue Winds album (no label).
  • 2009, released Comin’ On Strong album (no label).
  • 2019, after several years of busking, Peterson reorganized his band with Lincoln Hensley (banjo), Josh Gooding (mandolin) and Mike Bub (bass).