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War correspondent Pete Gow's musical side

His fans know him as the lead guitarist and singer in a rock 'n' roll band "Case Hardin," who've just released a highly acclaimed new album. But what they don't know is that he sometimes walks off of a stage, then onto a plane and into a warzone to cover the news. And he's totally serious about both.

One week, you can find him on assignment in Egypt for CBS News covering the news there, the next he might be found on a stage in the U.K., performing with the band.

"This is the bit that everybody else finds incredible that I don't...it's just both these parts of my life," he told correspondent Charles D'Agata.

He says producing news pieces and performing music makes him a better storyteller - and better at both.

"They're both short form, they're both concise. A two-minute news spot [is] like a song, best foot forward and hit them best lines at the top, you know your most striking imagery, the parallels are very similar," he explained.

In his first job in journalism he was thrown in at the deep end: Baghdad, during some of the worst of the violence.

"I did seven years in Baghdad...and when I came back from Baghdad, I realized I'd never been out on a shoot, I'd never gone and done a live shot when I didn't wear a flak jacket or take four guys with guns with me," he said.

In the early hours, after he put the news to bed, he would write, and record demos on his computer in his hotel room.

"I'd go back there at three or four in the morning and just really quietly record those songs. But a few of the songs that kind of whispered a very quiet delivery made it all the way through on the record," he remembered.

Baghdad at sunrise inspired the first line of the album: "I'm kind of coming undone, looking out over a city bleached through by the sun."

When it came time for his band, Case Hardin, to release the album, word got out about Pete's "other life" as a journalist - an irresistible lure for music journalists looking for a backstory.

Far from capitalize on it, Gow downplayed it.

"I think it would just swallow up the whole record and me as a musician and the band would just be defined as 'That guy that went to Iraq,'" he said.

He's been just about everywhere since, including Tripoli on that afternoon when rebel soldiers stormed Col. Moamar Qaddafi's compound.

"There's a lot of gunfire all around, and it's confusing in Libya as well, 'cause celebratory gunfire a huge thin. It was very difficult to work out whether this was a firefight going on or whether they were celebrating getting into the compound," Gow remembered.

For that moment, for those ten minutes, nobody cared about where the colonel was.

"There was just elation throughout, and it was great to be part of that," Gow said.

He's written a couple of songs about his experiences in the field, but he didn't think they had a place on his band's albums. "They're much, much happier playing songs about all the women that did terrible things to me, about drinking too much, about having too much fun and getting in trouble," he joked.

He admits doing both jobs well takes a balancing act, and all of his time. And don't ask him to choose one.

"Kind of they are the two aspects that make me up...nothing else in my life. Woe is me!" he said. "I couldn't be without either, and I really wouldn't want to be."