Pete Robson- The Red Album
Dorset-based blues musician Pete Robson offers one simple piece of advice when listening to his new album; ‘turn the lights down low and pour yourself a Spiced Rum with Ginger Beer and a squeeze of lime.’ Unfortunately, I had a distinct lack of rum whilst enjoying my first taste of the new album, however, that didn’t stop me from being instantly transported back to the 1950s and the American deep south for some original yet authentic blues.
The Red Album is Pete’s debut album, the release of which coincides with his imminent appearance on the Sky Arts new television series ‘Guitar Star’, which begins on the 9th June. His unique guitar style was recognised by talent scouts recruiting extraordinary guitar players for this new talent show and Pete has made it through to the quarter finals.
What makes Pete’s sound so unique is that it is brilliantly simple- one man, one guitar, with all of the tracks recorded in just one take in Pete’s own living room, creating the ultimate intimate listening experience. The combination of slide guitar on a resonator creates the authentic blues tone, combined with passionate and dramatic lyrics, all written by Pete. The modern lyrics are easy to relate to, and blend wonderfully with the bluesy style that Pete has made his own.
My favourite tracks include ‘Working Man’ and ‘Pram in Your Hallway’ with catchy guitar bridges and lyrics which I found myself singing along to after just one play through.
Pete’s first steps towards a career in blues started after he heard Robert Johnson for the first time. Inspired, Pete delved deeper into to the world of pre-war Delta blues, listening to old records whilst teaching himself to sing and play slide guitar. Once he had developed his musical style, he turned his attention to song writing. Since 2013 Pete has been building a strong following by performing at pubs, clubs, and festivals across the south of England.
An absolute delight from start to finish, The Red Album is available to download from all major download and streaming services.