Peter & the Wolves CD Review by Dave O Rama

by • July 11, 2016 • Alberta, Alberta Musicians, Album Reviews, Current Issue, Front Page, Read Online, Reviews974

PeterandtheWolves_117_webPapa’s Goin’ Out Of Town!
Peter & the Wolves

Hailing from Bowness, Alberta, a once small town initially invigorated by post World War II optimism, hot rods and fifties radio, Peter & the Wolves pay homage to the ghosts of an era long past, but never forgotten by fans of early rock n’ roll.

These rockin’ upstarts represent the next wave of rockabilly practitioners, a style of African influenced country music that never seems to lose its appeal with each passing decade. Too young to even remember the rockabilly resurgence that occurred back in the 70s and 80s fronted by singers like Robert Gordon and bands like the Stray Cats, Peter & the Wolves are surprisingly on point here.

Lead singer Howlin’ Pete Cormier’s voice is similar to that of the late great rocker Buddy Holly. A confident guitarist and singer, Cormier is obviously possessed by a formidable impulse to pay homage to the gods of hillbilly swing.

Backed by a high calibre rhythm section comprised of Theo Waite on doghouse bass and the colourful collage of ink that is Ms. Cherry Kisses on drums, Peter & the Wolves kick out a relentless and infectious driving rhythm.

Paul Rodermond’s jangly honky-tonk piano work is impressive while his use of organ on some of the tracks adds a whole other vibe that is reminiscent of classic garage rock or classic offerings by Sam The Sham or the Tex Mex rhythm and blues of The Sir Douglas Quintet.

Rockabilly fans will not be disappointed by the 13 blistering original tracks contained here, skillfully recorded by Scott Nickless at Flea Market Studios. There’s also a fine rendition of St. James Infirmary, and Ms. Cherry Kisses does a sweet vocal duet with Cormier on the song One More Shot For The Road. Wrapped up in some humorous retro cartoon cover art by Tom Bagley, Papa’s Goin’ Out Of Town is a five alarm house party, hell bent on rockin’ and delivered with reverence and enthusiasm for a surviving genre of music that never fails to rev things up good and tight.

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