Michael Petersen has been writing and recording music in the Chicago area since 1993. He writes, sings and plays acoustic guitar, piano, and keyboards. He co-founded the popular 90s Chicago band We the Cats and is a member of Ilk. Gibson Arlasky (bass and harmonies) was also a member of We the Cats, and he and Petersen, as the group Still Hill, wrote, produced and recorded the soundtrack for the 2002 film Tio’s Game.
Popular Chicago session player (electric guitar and dobro) Steve Doyle adds his indelible influence to the songs on River. Electric guitarist Lester Moore provides lead and rhythm guitar textures and background vocals to 45 Souls first three releases, Spiralbound, Jackal and Dove, and Mortal Moon. Moore is also involved in several other projects, including the Lester Moore band and one of Chicago’s favorite cover bands, The Damn Hoovers.
Accomplished session drummer (and singer/songwriter) Gerald Dowd’s drumming on River ground these songs with solid and always-interesting performances. Drummers John Spicuzza (Spiralbound) and Rob Koppensteiner (Jackal and Dove and Mortal Moon) also provide exciting, solid foundations for 45 Souls. Spicuzza has played with local bands Famous Last Words, The Damn Hoovers and The Spinwheels. Koppensteiner has played with such bands as Wax Lips, Strain Busy Sky, Kampfire Kowboys, and Casually Bent.