Pete Sands was born on the Navajo- Indian reservation in southern Utah. He began performing solo acoustic sets on open mic nights. After a few years on the road, he decided he had enough material to record his first EP “Dirt Dance Floor” under the direction of his soon to be guitarist Chris Aguilar.
With his creative growth he enlisted drummer Steven Tabarez into the fold and now Sands had a drummer. Not long after in late 2016 they were invited to perform for their first time ever on live TV on "Park City Television" after host Terry Burden caught wind of their performances. After a few shows together Sands enlisted cello player Ren Javadov into the fold as well. Altogether Sands made several more appearances on the show both as a performer and guest. BLACKKISS had now become a three piece band.
Sands had a grand vision in place now. He knew that he had to record a full length album with a sound he knew that no one else had ever heard. After headlining their first big show in Salt Lake City at the legendary venue "the State Room" which was hosted by none other than Taylor Sheridan, Sands knew there was a change coming. So with the change he also knew the old name of the band had to go with it. BLACKKISS was now PETE SANDS & THE DRIFTERS.
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