Pistol Pete Wearn
They say the blues is as much an attitude, as it is a music. In the acoustic songcraft of Pistol Pete Wearn, the raw holler of the blues is given an English inflection, as if RL Burnside has returned to us with the express intention of ripping up the shires. On Wearn’s new album, Service Station Coffee, the well-travelled troubador documents his rip-roaring live shows – and also further develops his raw style, cooking up a complex, moreish gumbo.
Named Moonshine Magazine’s solo blues artist of the year for 2015-16, Pistol Pete has been building an enviable name for himself on the live blues circuit for several years, both as a solo artist and as frontman of the electric outfit .44 Pistol. Now focusing wholly on his solo work, Wearn’s blues has been labelled “music to drink, dance and stomp your feet to” by Derby Gig Guide, “devilishly catchy” by Staffs Live and simply “brilliant” on Yelp, the Stafford-based singer and songwriter gets every audience talking.
Pete has already played a five-day run at the Edinburgh Fringe in the last year, toured the length and breadth of both England and Scotland, received BBC Radio 6 Music airplay, and supported the likes of ragtime guitar legend Stefan Grossman, American folk superstars The Stray Birds, respected singer-songwriter Jonathan Byrd and New Orleans songwriter Andrew Duhon.
His is, in short, a blues holler you’ll soon be hearing in every shire of the land.