2009/03/28

Big Pete

DaGoddess @ 12:00

Another one of my bluesmen from Phoenix. Big Pete Pearson is too cool. He holds court at the corner of the bar at the Rhythm Room; fans and friends gathering around to say hello or listen to a story or two. When it’s his turn to join the band, he pulls his microphone out of his pocket and casually strolls up to the stage. The first time this happened, I couldn’t figure out who was singing (I was in a dark corner by the stage) until he emerged from the crowd.

Big Pete Pearson

Big Pete Pearson at the Rhythm Room

8 Comments

  1. OH, what a face. When I first saw the photo I thought he was a statue. I would love to hear him sing.

    Comment by Renee aka Mekhismom — 2009/03/28 @ 18:22

  2. He’s really good, Renee. Really good.

    Here are a couple videos. The band backing him — guitar and bass — are my friends, Chris and Patrick. The guy on harmonica is Bob Corritore, the owner of the Rhythm Room, record producer, blues DJ. Great guy. The guy on drums is Patrick Fahey and the rhythm guitarist is Johnny Rapp. Both are extraordinary musicians. I consider myself very lucky to know all of these fine men.
    The live videos — that’s the Mesa Amphitheatre, where they hold the Phoenix Blues Society Blues Blast. From now on, I will make sure not to miss it. It truly is a great gathering of talent.

    P.S. Each “blue” word is a separate link up there

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/03/28 @ 21:13

  3. That top pic is just too much! Too good, too cool, too definitive. Too… too.
    :thumbs:

    Comment by Pam — 2009/03/29 @ 08:06

  4. You are so talented. These pictures really tell a story.

    Comment by Cheri @ Blog This Mom! — 2009/03/29 @ 21:55

  5. Thank you, Cheri. A lot of the musicians I meet are fascinating people and they make the photos so interesting, so vibrant because they wear their history on their faces, in their clothing, even in the way they walk. One of these days, I’m dragging you out to meet some of them.

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/03/30 @ 00:56

  6. By the way, put these three dates on your calendar:

    Aprill 11 — Spring Harp Festival in Harry Griffen Park (La Mesa — free for the whole family)
    May 9-10 — Gator by the Bay (Spanish Landing across from the airport — two days of zydeco & blues)
    June 20 — Julian Blues Bash at the Menghini Winery — Little Dude won a guitar last year

    All are family-friendly.

    For adults-only fare, there’s plenty and we do have some good stuff coming up.

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/03/30 @ 03:55

  7. I agree with the previous comments about the top image! Wow. It like you could look up the word, “Blues” in the dictionary and see that photo adjacent to the listing.

    I’m playing catch-up on you blog. Lots of great images worthy of comment. You have a remarkable talent for catching emotion in your photos! :worship:

    Comment by Stu — 2009/03/30 @ 07:29

  8. Awww, shucks. Thank you, Stu. Blues performers, heck, ANY performers usually provide good stories in photographs. Thankfully, I’m not that shy about asking if I can photograph them. The only person to turn me down was Taj Mahal.

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/03/30 @ 13:59

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