Peter V Blues Train review…March 25, 2018….

PETER V BLUES TRAIN

RUNNING OUT OF TIME

STAY ON TRACK–CHERRY ON THE CREAM–BUZZED BUSTED AND BLUE–WORRIED LIFE BLUES–RUNNING OUT OF TIME–TIME TO COLLECT–YOUNG BLOOD–TIME FOR ME TO GO–FREEDOM–LOVE ME LIKE A MAN–LAY DOWN MY FRIEND

Peter “V” Veteska grew up in Jamaica, Queens.  He delivered papers  as a youth to buy a pawnshop Les Paul, and another bluesman was born.  Altho he gave up playing for a number of years, us fans are the real winners after his return to the blues scene in 2008.  He proudly fronts the Peter V Blues Train, and they have just released their latest album, “Running Out Of Time.”  Peter is on guitar and vocals–he has that cool, rugged brogue in his delivery, just right for a man born to sing the blues–and he rounded up some very special guests to complete this package of seven originals and four fun-filled covers.

Leading off is a bristling ode to the workin’ man, who always seems to take “two steps forward and three steps back,”  urging us to “Stay On Track.”  This one features sax from Allman Brothers alum Danny Walsh, who blows that cool intro to one of Peter’s originals, a slow-blues take on the age-old adage of “my woman took the train,” leaving him “Buzzed, Busted, And Blue,” with piano from Jeff Levine.  He keeps that slow-blues groove rollin’ on a deeply-soulful read of Big Maceo’s “Worried Life Blues,” while everybody has a rockin’ good time with the call-and-response of the Coasters’ classic from our youth, “Young Blood.”  “Freedom” strikes a minor-key chord deep into this bluesman’s soul, as he feels finally released from being “trapped by the memory of you and me.”  Kelly Dewket on vocal and Gary Neuwirth on the harp knock out a killer Delta-riffic read of Bonnie Raitt’s “Love Me Like A Man,” with Peter V on the acoustic guitar.

We had two favorites, too.  A unique amalgam of Grover Washington, Jr., –meets the AWB is the funk-o-monstrous instrumental, “Time To Collect,” while Peter takes ol’ Albert King to school on the grunge-worthy blues of the title cut, where a lover is told, “we used to kiss, now all you do is piss me off.”

Peter’s aim, after returning to the blues fold full-time, was to create hi-energy, danceable music that incorporated elements of blues, funk, and jazz.  He’s done so with this set, so grab up a copy before you sho’ nuff find yourself “Running Out Of Time!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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