What: Pete Kartsounes

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St., Bend

Cost: Free

Contact: mcmenamins.com or 541-382-5174

Singer-songwriter Pete Kartsounes calls it an “addiction with nature.”

A quick glance at his 23-year career reveals as much. In the last decade alone, he’s hiked the 500-mile Colorado Trail three times to raise money for various childhood cancer charities; traveled and lived in Southeast Asia, Bali, Mexico and Germany; and written and recorded an album in Kauai, Hawaii.

His love of all things outdoors helped launch him in music: He was drawn from the Midwest, where he was born and raised, to Pagosa Springs, Colorado, in 1994 because of the mountains.

After a whirlwind couple of years of travel and a brief sojourn in Portland, Kartsounes landed in Bend at the start of 2017. Beside the fact that he’s been a regular performer in the city since at least 2011, it’s not hard to figure out what drew him here.

“I never knew I was gonna live here until last fall — it was last October, I was here playing the Bend Roots Festival,” he said recently while sitting in Crow’s Feet Commons a day before heading out on tour with his duo, The Good Time Travelers. “And I was walking along the Deschutes River, and I saw ducks flying over the river, beautiful foliage on this weeping willow tree that’s just right down the river here … and a dude fishing. And I just had ended a 3½-year relationship in Portland, and I was looking for some change, and I was just like, wait, why don’t I move here?”

And he’s wasted no time feeding his addiction.

“A lot of times when I’m in nature, I listen to nature,” Kartsounes said. “I’ve been floating the Deschutes River a lot lately, and that’s my church. It’s amazing to go up to Dillon Falls there, float down and just listen to the birds and the wind.”

That is, during the rare times when Kartsounes is home. He’s only been in Bend a total of a month and a half since moving here, by his count. He’ll be on the road again through October with the exception of a solo show Wednesday at McMenamins Old St. Francis School, one of his favorite venues in town.

Kartsounes has participated in McMenamins’ Great Northwest Music Tours for the last nine years solo and with his Colorado-based bands — his first show in Bend was at the St. Francis School. That, combined with his 10-plus years of performing at the Northwest String Summit in Horning’s Hideout (he has curated the Troubadour Stage there for the last two years), introduced him to the music scene in Oregon. He’s also performed at the last five Bend Roots Revival festivals. But his busy touring and recording schedule means he’s not looking to pick up more gigs in Central Oregon.

“When I was in Boulder, when I wasn’t touring, I wasn’t gonna go out and get a day job; I was gonna do my job,” he said. “And so, I would play gigs in town weekly. Well, when it came to the gigs that I really wanted, sometimes, I wouldn’t get hired for them because, well, Pete plays here all the time. So I only want to do concerts like house concerts. … Those are the kind of things I want to do that’s a little more community-driven and/or a listening room.”

In the last 23 years, Kartsounes has built an impressive resume of collaborations in all genres. He played with former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Krusen and one-time Blues Traveler bassist Steve Manning in the short-lived grunge project Smokin’ Jesus in the late ’90s; played guitar for Leftover Salmon’s Drew Emmitt; and collaborated with members of Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band and String Cheese Incident.

The Good Time Travelers, Kartsounes’ collaboration with Fort Collins, Colorado, songwriter Michael Kirkpatrick, has been his main focus on the road for the past few years. The two musicians met at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s Troubadour Competition, which Kartsounes took second place in, in 2012 and 2013 and Kirkpatrick won in 2014. The folk/bluegrass/rock duo, which Kartsounes refers to as a “two-piece power trio,” released its self-titled debut in 2015 and is set to begin work on a follow-up in November.

“It’s a big sound, big harmonies, some fast picking,” Kartsounes said. “This next album’s probably gonna consist of some collaborative artists with some bass and percussion and some fiddle as we look to expand our sound and our band. But it’s been working for the duo. … I like the collaborative effort of it myself a little more. Michael’s a great writer, so trusting in that and trusting in my own writing, that we’re writing some stuff that I’m proud of.”

That album is one of three Kartsounes has plans to record in the next few months. The other two will be solo concept albums, follow-ups to 2014’s “Unwind,” the album Kartsounes wrote and recorded on Kauai. One is a collection of love songs Kartsounes has written over the years that he hopes to release before Valentine’s Day; the other he describes as “inspirational songs about living.”

“That tends to be a topic of mine a lot,” he said. “As we get older, we lose friends, we lose family members. … This new song I just wrote, I sing, ‘We’ve all lost a friend, we’ve all lost a lover, it’s the losing that makes us who we are.’ And that’s my new song ‘Who We Are,’ and that’s kind of what I’ve been writing a lot about lately.”

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