The Blues Room #551
Wednesday 24 August 2016
Dutch blues vocalist and harp master Pieter 'Big Pete' van der Pluijm may not be a familiar
name to American blues audiences, but he's already well-established in the Netherlands – his
native home base in North-West Europe. At 23, Pete was handpicked for a European memorial
tour to honor the music and memory of legendary harmonica player and vocalist Lester Butler
(the Red Devils and Thirteen), backed by several of Lester's original bandmates. The project
was met with great success and critical acclaim, so more tours and a CD by the Lester Butler
Tribute Band soon followed, securing Pete's arrival on the scene as one of the premier next
generation blues performers in the Benelux region. Since then, Big Pete has gone on to form
and record many other successful projects including his debut release "Bathroom Acoustics"
by The Strikes, a couple of CDs by the rockin' 50's Chicago blues outfit The Backbones, and
most recently, the more progressive and forward-thinking group M.O.C.T. (Men Of Considerable Taste).
Pete's growing reputation has also led to tours and performances backing many internationally
acclaimed blues artists including Alex Schultz, Mitch Kashmar, Monster Mike Welch, Hook Herrera,
Matt Schofield, and Ian Siegal. Pete's informal introduction to the U.S. market materialized
in March 2010 with his appearance on The Mannish Boys' 5th anniversary release "Shake For Me."
Pete closed out the album in style paying tribute to his hero Lester Butler on the storming
New Orleans romp "Way Down South," backed by Kid Ramos, Willie J. Campbell and Jimi Bott
along with special guest pianist Andy Kaulkin, who previously recorded with Lester Butler
on the classic album "Thirteen." Now Holland's best kept secret makes his official American
solo album debut with an incredible all-star recording lineup. This is guaranteed to
be an instant classic not to be missed by anyone who considers themselves a true blues lover!
1. Mean (Live)
2. Born To Die (Live)
3. Come On In This House (Live)
4. This Time No Lies (Live)
5. 6-45 (Live)
6. I've Got My Eyes On You (Live)
7. Ball And Chain (Live)