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3×3: Dispatch on Postal Uniforms, Sourdough Bread, and the Joni Mitchell Catalog

Jun 1, 2017

3x3: Dispatch on Postal Uniforms, Sourdough Bread, and the Joni Mitchell Catalog

Artist: Chadwick Stokes (of Dispatch
Hometown: Boston, Denver, New York 
Latest Album: America, Location 12
Personal Nicknames:  Chetro/Chicoree, Braddigan/Brizzlebear

What song do you wish you had written?

“The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In)”

Who would be in your dream songwriter round? 

Cat Stevens, Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Robert Hunter, Jimmy Cliff, Leonard Cohen, Nina Simone, Kurt Cobain, Shannon Hoon, John Lennon, Chuck D, Zack de la Rocha, Joe Strummer, Lead Belly, Shane McGowan 

If you could only listen to one artist’s discography for the rest of your life, whose would you choose?

Joni Mitchell 

How often do you do laundry?

I wear a postal uniform and it is made of magic government cloth that never needs washing.  

What was the last movie that you really loved?

The Pianist

If you could re-live one year of your life, which would it be and why?

Would it alter the time continuum? If it did, then I wouldn’t want to live any over again because I might not meet my wife. If it didn’t, I’d like to relive the year before I met my wife. 


To our beloved DISPATCH fans: Pete here. It is a genuine honor and pleasure to be part of the DISPATCH family – alongside @chadwickstokes and @bradcorrigan – and to feel your love and support from all the years. There is nothing quite like it. Last year, I was unable to join the European Tour. And I am realizing now that its likely I will not be able to join Chad and Brad on the road again this year. Like others you may know, I battle depression. In order to get better, this problem requires my complete focus and every bit of energy I can spare. Making the decision to take a leave-of-absence from the band has been hard. Yet, the extraordinary compassion, love and patience I feel from our close DISPATCH family… from Chad, Brad, Steve, Dalton, Sybil, and from my wife Katie, has now given me the strength to move ahead and the ability to come to this decision. In sharing my decision with you publicly for the first time, I feel a much needed sense of relief that will allow me to focus all of my energy on my healing. My entire family continues to offer their unconditional love and support as well. It is a tricky process to try to live and cope with any mental illness. The suffering and pain can sometimes be intense – and can come and go without warning. Yet the warmth from friends, family and fans has helped me to endure, to persevere – and mostly, to continue to have hope. So I will be taking some time off from the band now to try some new approaches and learn how to better manage my illness. I am grateful that I can share this personal piece of myself and what I am experiencing with all of you. My hope is that I will also get to share with you some of my successes as I travel what may be a rocky and sometimes uncertain path toward well-being. While I can’t tour with Chad and Brad right now, the good news is that I was able to work with them to record our latest album! I am SO proud of our work and can’t wait for all of you to hear it. THANK YOU again for all the LOVE you have already sent my way. It has truly been an awesome journey so far and I will continue every day to look forward to seeing you before too much longer. Your friend, @petefrancis3

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What’s your go-to comfort food?

Dandelion coffee alternative and sourdough bread.  

Kombucha — love it or hate it?

Love it! Made it here on the farm ’til my uncle John got sick.  

Mustard or mayo?

Peanut butter

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