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The Peterson Brothers

The Peterson Brothers

Artist:     The Peterson Brothers

Album:     The Peterson Brothers

Label:     Blue Point Records

Release Date:     06/30/2015

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So the blues needs some new blood, right?  Look no further than this brotherly duo, the Peterson Brothers from Bastrop, Texas.  They’ve already lit a fire in Texas, and that spark will spread its raging glory upon the release of this album and their accompanying tour. They first caught major attention at Austin’s Antone’s upon the occasion of Pinetop Perkins’97th birthday party. Guitarist Glenn Jr., now 18, was 14 at the time, while his bassist/violinist brother, Alex, now 15, was 11. Current producer, Michael Freeman, was in attendance and knew he eventually needed to sign them to a record deal.

Freeman didn’t fool around. He enlisted the support of much-in-demand drummer Brady Blade and Chicago keyboardist James Pace to record this debut effort at Blade Studios in Shreveport, LA. The youngsters have a surprisingly deep well of influences to draw from, ranging from traditional and contemporary blues, to R&B, jazz, and even touches of funk and (excuse me) ‘80s disco. The songs, comprising four originals and six covers, include three instrumentals. The Brothers cover Albert King, Little Johnny Taylor, Bobby Bland, Tampa Red and Earl King. But these are not your “phone it in” covers– these have original arrangements and a fresh, bristling energy that seems to be only a harbinger of what excitement the Peterson Brothers bring to their live shows and future recordings.

With their parents’ guidance, they have already achieved notoriety. They are endorsed by Fender guitars, and have their own Fender artist web page that touts the “Peterson Brothers” gear they use on stage. They have played the Chicago Blues Festival as well as the 20th Annual Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride and Concert in Arlington, Texas. In April, they opened for Willie Nelson at his 81st birthday bash. Be sure to catch them at the Pennsylvania Blues Festival in Lake Harmony, PA when they take the stage for two sets on Sunday, July 26th.

-Jim Hynes

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