Pete first discovered the blues from listening to local Toronto blues radio shows and quickly began to search out recordings from the masters of Chicago, West Coast, Delta and modern blues.
Pete has a primary interest in the guitar stylings & tones found on electric blues recordings of the early 1950's as well as urban Chicago blues from the 1960's. A raw and ambient sound that ranges from upbeat and swinging to gritty & lowdown. The most important ingredient of this style of guitar playing and of the music in general is establishing a groove with the "right feel".
As a sideman, Pete describes his role as a back-up musician to various front men using traditional blues lead and rhythm guitar styles. The main focus is to contribute a guitar style which will help to create a strong "ensemble" sound in order to fit the musical direction & mood of the show.
Influences range from Chicago, Texas, California stylings as well as blues based jazz. Artists such as: (harmonica/vocalists) Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, (guitarists) Jimmy Rogers, Jimmy Reed & Eddie Taylor, Magic Sam, Tiny Grimes, the great T-Bone Walker, (Organ players) Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Smith & Bill Doggett. They all have a different sound and a very appealing take on the blues.