Peter Oyloe

When the Wide World Roars Released


CHICAGO – Acclaimed Chicago actor, singer, and songwriter Peter Oyloe is thrilled to announce the release of his new EP of original material, When The Wide World Roars. The five songs on the EP represent a sampling of an extensive catalog of new compositions that Oyloe has accumulated since his previous releases. Described as a “future folk legend” by, Oyloe is “soulful and singular,” says Tina Salamone, BCPA Performing Arts Director in Bloomington, IL. “If Johnny Depp and Cat Stevens had a son, and James Taylor was his babysitter, THAT would be Peter Oyloe.

When The Wide World Roars was produced by multiple Grammy Award-nominated producer Fred Mollin. Peter has “the best of a singer-songwriter’s gift,” says Mollin, “married to a theatrical feel that gives his songs and vocals an extra dimension of feeling.” It was recorded at the legendary Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville, TN, with some of the most in-demand Nashville studio musicians, including John Hobbs on keyboards, John Willis on guitars, Larry Paxton on bass, and Shannon Forrest on drums.

Oyloe first met Mollin while playing the title role in a new musical workshop on Martha’s Vineyard in the summer of 2014 called SEARCH: Paul Clayton, about the legendary 1960s Greenwich Village folk scene and the artists, including Clayton, Bob Dylan, Dave Van Ronk, et al., who made it what it was. SEARCH was produced Off-Broadway the following spring.  “…Peter Oyloe’s soulful singing and poignant performance capture our hearts.” “Oyloe’s Clayton is a still, thoughtful, creative man; a man who felt misunderstood and spun out of control. Slowly, Oyloe turns the once motivated artist to a man with deep resentment, shame, and fear.” and “Oyloe has a potent expressive voice and is impressive in a touching performance.” SEARCH: Paul Clayton is currently being shopped around the U.S. for future productions.

On When The Wide World Roars, Oyloe and Mollin forge a new, full-throated sound that perfectly complements Oyloe’s continued maturation as a songwriter. Traveling, learning, working, finding and losing love…all of this life lived in the intervening years has been funneled into the creation of these tracks. Each cut is radio-ready yet maintains the distinctive acoustic guitar work, lyrical vulnerability, and wistfully hopeful tone that make the music recognizably Peter’s. The album starts off gently with “Not Right Now,” a bittersweet lament for a lost friend and lover, exemplified by a gorgeous Hammond organ solo. The band really rocks into high gear with “June Gloom,” a deceptively jaunty, honky-tonkish cut that takes its name from a Southern California weather phenomenon. On “The Touchstone,” driving guitars and tribal drums wrap around evocative lyrics about reaching out for love. “Night Light” finds Peter and the band at their most Nashville and would fit right in covered by one of the characters on the current TV show of the same name. The final cut, “Fire,” is the emotional climax of the album; the soaring melody and aching vulnerability of the lyrics find their perfect catharsis in Mollin’s stirring full-band arrangement. “Peter is simply soulful,” says Mollin, “and the EP is compelling in a way that is so heartfelt and deeply emotional. He has a vocal and musical vision that is truly miraculous.”

In addition to writing and playing music, Peter Oyloe is a five-time Best Actor award winner (3 Chicago Jeff Awards, 1 Cincinnati LCT Award, 1 Boston W.I.S.E Award) and has been honored with nominations three more times. His most prominent role has been country music legend Hank Williams, Sr in Hank Williams: Lost Highway, which he has played everywhere from Chicago to Cincinnati to upstate New York to Knoxville. His work as Hank Williams has been described as, “a knockout interpretation…as good as it gets.” by the Syracuse Times and “He is so comfortable inside Williams’ cowboy boots that his performance with undoubtedly become the way many imagine the late singer…” by The Citizen.

Oyloe was nominated for a Jeff Award for Best Score for Equus in which he played Alan Strang (Best Actor Award), and the short film In Love With A Nun, for which Peter wrote much of the music as well as played the lead role, was showcased at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. He is currently working on a Hank Williams touring band that he plans to have ready for booking by early 2016.

Legendary producer, composer, and record executive Fred Mollin first came to prominence in the late ’70s as the producer of the Grammy-nominated hit “Sometimes When We Touch” by Dan Hill. He has worked with Jimmy Webb, Johnny Mathis, Billy Joel, Kris Kristofferson, and Vince Gill, among many others, and as Vice President of A&R for Walt Disney Records was Executive Producer of High School Musical – The Concert and produced Billy Ray Cyrus’ hit album Home At Last. His numerous awards include three Junos, a Gemini, and five SOCAN awards for film and television music.

When The Wide World Roars is available for purchase nationwide on iTunes, Spotify, CD Baby, Groove Music and on For concert and booking inquiries, please contact Peter at    peter[at]