Choice Cuts

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ARTIST: Big Pete
TITLE: Choice Cuts
FORMAT: Compact Disc
LABEL: Delta Groove Music
RELEASE DATE: October 18, 2011
UPC NUMBER: 850021001650

Big Pete: vocals & harmonica
Johnny Dyer: vocals (10)
Al Blake: harmonica (6)
Kim Wilson: harmonica (3)
Kirk Fletcher: lead guitar (4, 7), rhythm guitars (2, 13)
John Marx: guitar and 1st guitar solo (12)
Mojo Mark: rhythm guitar (6)
Shawn Pittman: lead guitar (8), rhythm guitar (5)
Kid Ramos: lead guitar (9)
Alex Schultz: lead guitar (2, 3, 5, 6), guitar & 2nd guitar solo (12), rhythm guitars (1, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11)
Rusty Zinn: lead guitar (11), rhythm guitar (3, 10)
Rob Rio: piano (4, 6, 8-11)
Malcolm Lukens: Hammond B3 (2)
Paul Oscher: melodica (13)
Willie J. Campbell: bass (except 3, 5)
Jimi Bott: drums

01. Driftin’ (6:36)
02. Can’t You See What You’re Doin’ to Me (3:46)
03. Act Like You Love Me (3:15)
04. Just to Be with You (3:50)
05. Don’t Start Crying Now (2:48)
06. I Got My Eyes on You (4:52)
07. Hey Lawdy Mama (4:04)
08. I Was Fooled (5:12)
09. Rockin’ Daddy (3:23)
10. Left Me with a Broken Heart (4:22)
11. Just Your Fool (4:08)
12. Chromatic Crumbs (4:32)
13. I’m a Business Man (4:37)

Produced by Jeff Scott Fleenor & Randy Chortkoff

Choice Cuts

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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 twenty-three, 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 13), 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’ ’50s 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 featuring Kim Wilson, Paul Oscher, Al Blake, Johnny Dyer, Alex Schultz, Kirk Fletcher, Kid Ramos, Rusty Zinn, Shawn Pittman, John Marx, Mojo Mark, Rob Rio, Willie J. Campbell and Jimi Bott. “Choice Cuts” is guaranteed to become an instant classic not to be missed by anyone who considers themselves a true blues lover!

“…Holland’s best kept secret…” – Blues in the Northwest

“…harmonica influences of William Clarke, Al Blake, and Lester Butler,and a sweet, full-toned natural voice.” – American Blues Blog

“The sessions were simply incredible. A lot of deep blues got put down.” – Alex Schultz


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