FAME Review: Big Pete - Choice Cuts
Big Pete - Choice Cuts

Choice Cuts

Big Pete

Delta Groove Music - DGPCD149

Available from thr Delta Groove Music online store.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

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.

Track List:

  • Driftin'
  • Can't You See What You're Doin' To Me (Feat. Alex Schultz)
  • Act Like You Love Me (Feat. Kim Wilson)
  • Just To Be With You (Feat. Kirk Fletcher)
  • Don't Start Crying Now (Feat. Alex Schultz)
  • I Got My Eyes On You (Feat. Al Blake & Alex Schultz)
  • Hey Lawdy Mama (Feat. Kirk Fletcher)
  • I Was Fooled (Feat. Shawn Pittman)
  • Rockin' Daddy (Feat. Kid Ramos)
  • Left Me With A Broken Heart (Feat. Johnny Dyer & Rob Rio)
  • Just Your Fool (Feat. Rusty Zinn)
  • Chromatic Crumbs (Feat. John Marx & Alex Schultz)
  • I'm A Business Man (Feat. Paul Oscher)

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2011, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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