Rightly Noted is a lively duo playing a variety of acoustic music including bluegrass, country blues, folk and more. Based in Washington, Pennsylvania, Rightly Noted features Lee Stivers (mandolin, upright bass and vocals) and Peter Wright (guitar, harmonica, dobro and vocals).
Peter Wright and Lee Stivers began performing music together in 2010, in Amy M and the Coattail Riders, featuring the fabulously talented Amy Melissen. When Amy moved on to establish her own solo singer-songwriter act, the Coattail Riders become Rightly Noted.
Peter Wright brings driving rhythm guitar, spirited lead and harmony vocals, and occasional harmonica and dobro parts to Rightly Noted.
After childhood piano lessons and school chorus, Peter took up the blues harmonica in college and, a few years later, the guitar. He was in a reggae band in graduate school called Pressure Drop and then moved to more traditional American acoustic music. He hosted the weekly Jozart Center for the Arts (originally Jozart Studios) open mic for ten continuous years until 2012 which has to be some kind of record. He has attended Bluegrass Week and Blues Week more than once at the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, WV. The Augusta Heritage Center offers summer classes in traditional music genres in the form of theme weeks. During that time he studied/practiced the dobro, bluegrass guitar, vocals, harmonica and songwriting to various degrees.
Lee Stivers brings tight vocal harmonies, mandolin leads, and thumping doghouse bass to Rightly Noted.
Lee began learning the mandolin during a mid-life crisis period. Inspired by happy memories of her teenage years in the DC area, hanging out at the Birchmere Restaurant, listening to the Seldom Scene, and tuning into WAMU's bluegrass shows, she purchased her first mandolin. After all, mandolins are easy to carry, and everyone plays the guitar. She started out taking lessons locally, and then discovered the Augusta Heritage Center at Davis and Elkins College, Elkins, West Virginia. Over her dozen years as a student at Augusta, Lee has studied bluegrass and blues mandolin, vocals, and upright bass. And no, upright basses are not easy to carry, but they sure are fun to play!
Lee is involved in other aspects of acoustic music as well. Serving as a volunteer for the Whiskey Rebellion Festival Committee and the Main Street Farmers Market in Washington, PA, she oversees band bookings for the Whiskey Rebellion Festival, WRF Winter Music Series, and the Main Street Farmers Market. Lee also runs a small music management business, and is an alumna of the International Bluegrass Music Association's Leadership Bluegrass program.