In the late eighties, Bowie Maryland native, Pete Lancaster, briefly moved to Cleveland, Ohio.
Pete became a veritable one-man blues army, as he sang the songs of old blues masters while simultaneously playing acoustic slide-guitar, rack-mounted harmonica and stompin' box.
Pete then brought his passion for the blues to Hagerstown in the early 90's, where he soon became a solo street performer during the then-Hager Fest.
After initially forming an acoustic duo, Pete later teamed with bassist Arnie Helmick, electric guitarist Alan Mason, and drummer Bart Lay in the band, 2BLUE Ensemble, which was a contributor to the birth of Blues Fest and to the then-burgeoning Hagerstown blues scene.
In 1998, after the earlier group disbanded, Pete, along with many of its original members, formed the band now known as Stack O' Blues. Like its predecessor, Stack O' Blues is simultaneously grounded in the early, traditional blues masters, yet leavened with influences from later masters like Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Johnny Winter and even Neil Young. On the Stack O' Blues band's 2006 CD "Scraps of History," Lay and Helmick's rock-steady rhythm supports Mason's powerful Page-inspired guitar as it leads the group through twelve Lancaster-penned original blues. NightHawks, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter and Pinetop Perkins.