I was born in the western Pennsylvania
town of New Kensington. I grew up not too far from there in the
little coalmining town of Renton, Pa. My parents were Walter
and Jennie Pedroski. My dad worked in the coalmine of Renton. My parents instilled into my brother, sister and myself, church
on Sunday, a work ethic, complete honesty in all of our
behavior, and a great education. My days were spent wandering all around the
countryside, fishing in lakes, climbing the trees, and always
hearing my dads country music and polka music in the house. Dad
played the guitar, accordion, and harmonica. My brother David
and I learned the country songs by the color of the labels
before we could read. The black label was Kitty Wells, Patsy
Cline, Ernest Tubb - Decca. The red label was Carl Smith on
Columbia. The yellow label was Sun Records - Johnny Cash.
My dad was also an avid film
collector buying up his old cowboy movies and comedies like our
Gang and Abbott and Costello. He would put up a movie screen on
warm summer nights and run his old Hoot Gibson cowboy movies
and his comedies for all the kids in the neighborhood. Those
were the days! It amazes me that I had been shown these things
at a young age and those were the 2 things that I did in my
life — act and write songs!
We were very poor in those
days. I recall eating surplus cheese and hot coffee on my
cornflakes because there was no milk money. We caught
fish in the lakes and hunted rabbit and pheasant to eat. I
recall hunting deer one day. I was hiding behind a tree and a
doe came up the hill and stopped about 3 feet from where I was. I could not shoot that beautiful creature and I quit hunting
forever on that day.
It has been a fun ride for nearly
50 years in the music and acting business. I’ve cherished the
honest and passionate people that I have been able to meet. I
keep on writing those songs about what my eyes see and then I
can sing them to Tania.