There’s a lot of good reasons to write a music blog, but none of them are better than being able to promote a lesser known artist that you have taking a liking for. We were initially introduced to the Milwaukee musician Pete Kostrivas through the carnivalish folk of “Excuse Please”, a song that had enough potential to make us fascinated by his Wealthy Ghost moniker. His range spans through a wide set of different folky rock aesthetics from the beautiful sparse ballads of “Good Luck” and “You Pick Me Up” to the catchy folk-funk of “Still Alive” – our favorite out of the bunch. “Still Alive” was written and recorded during a time of illness, where Kostrivas convinced himself he was dying, which might explain the raspy voice that gives the track a most welcomed bluesy presence.
Wealthy Ghost is in the in midst of releasing his first proper solo record after playing with different bands and projects over the last ten or so years. Influenced by artist who can do more with less, the album titled Good Luck was written, recorded, destroyed, rerecorded, organized and mixed over the past year, while Kostrivas was struggling with relationship issues. Kostrivas is committed to release the record on vinyl rather than digitally, so if you enjoy his work and would like it pressed on the medium where it rightfully belongs, get over to Kickstarter and help make it happen.