Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Pete "Big Dog" Fetters - Deep

Here is a truly great offering from Detroit artist Pete “Big Dog” Fetters titled Deep. This is some of the best acoustic slide playing to be founds anywhere. Pete has several impressive accomplishments to his credit. He was the winner of the 2006 Detroit Blues Society Blues Challenge and represented Detoit in the International Blues Challenge.

Pete has had a 20 year career playing throughout the Midwest and Canada. He has opened for the likes of Leon Russell, B.B. King and Delbert McClinton.

Pete brings us some of the best acoustic blues outside the Mississippi Delta. He opens the cd with Who’s That Knockin’. A great blues tune that sounds like it came straight out of the delta itself. He shows great skill on slide guitar and leave the impression he is playing an elastic guitar the slides are so smooth. Next is Cornfield Cadillac, a neat trucking song with a taste of Pete’s harp skills as well. When I Turn 85 follows and is a well written tune with song cute tongue in cheek lyrics. One of my personal favorites is next in The Blue Highway. This song has great lyrics, a memorable melody and great slide as in every song on this cd. Midnight Walkin’ Blues is next, and is a song we would expect from the likes of Robert Johnson if he were still with us. Does Your Mama Know follows and has a truly great slide intro. It is clear that Pete was heavily influenced by the great delta bluesmen of old. Midnight Train opens with a great bit of harp and slide into. I could see this as a song Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee song as the style fits what they often did. This is a great feat for one man alone. If I Can’t is next and is a slightly different approach. I enjoy his guitar mimicking his lyrics. I Won’t Tell follows and is a straight ahead slide shuffle. I liked how he livened up a simple shuffle with his great slide work. Like You Do Follows and is another in the true delta tradition. He closes the cd with the only cover song included, a nice rendition of the old standard Oh, Suzanna.

This was a great and entertaining listen from start to finish. It is worthy of any blues lover’s collection.

Visit Pete “Big Dog” Fetters on the web at: www.petebigdog.com

Try Deep here: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=D33K7WGL


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