This is Pieter "Big Pete" van der Plujim's debut on Delta Groove Music and it sure shows that this import from the Netherlands knows his blues. He started out playing rock n' roll guitar in the Netherlands and after a short stint heard some Lester Butler and The Red Devils and switched to the Blues and harmonica. A new world was waiting for this force to manifest when he realized the Blues world went from Jump to Swing, to the West Coast Blues to the classic electric post war Chicago sound. Most of these varieties of the Blues are heard on this disc as he has interests as diverse as he is tall.
This is a well-paced disc filled with a diverse and yet cohesive sampling of the Blues as Big Pete knows them. Randy Chortkoff, as producer, and Delta Groove have assembled a very able group of musicians to back him, special nod to the rhythm section of Jimi Boit on drums, and Willie J. Campbell on bas; Alex Schultz handles about half of the lead guitar duties. With such able guitarists as Kirk Fletcher, John Marx, Shawn Pittman, Kid Ramos, and Rusty Zinn all willing to step up and lend their special touches on certain songs, it is no wonder he switches over to rhythm guitar.
Big Pete is a harp player, who is equally at home singing. His voice has the texture and pacing of a much older person, and handles the singing with uniform expertise, you will be hearing of for some time to come as he continues to grow.
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