Monday, 2 February 2015

“Nothing is Wasted” 2015 Interview.

Q What is the main quality you would say you need to play rock and roll, or indeed any type of  music?

A. For my money, the most important ability you need to play music is a listening ability. As a youngster, I immersed myself in the old, original rock and roll records. The sounds became almost a part of me, and I got  to understand the genre. I originally learned to play guitar by ear, and was more or less self taught. Now that I don't recommend!  In this modern age, there are so many on-line tutors, youTube and so on, there's never been a better time to pick up and learn an instrument.
Also, if you are learning guitar, you need a guitar with a good neck  - absolutely doesn't have to be expensive , but has to be set up to play easily and in tune  - ask someone who knows , and I'd also say start with an acoustic maybe, to learn the fundamentals. 
And of course, practice, practice, practice.  I still do!  

Q. What is meant by the term Rock and Roll? 

A. "Rock and Roll" means different things to different people. To me, it's good time music, it makes you want to dance and move and tap your feet. You know it when you hear it.

Q. What inspires you to write music?

A. I'm inspired by my mood, if I'm happy I most likely will improvise a bright, rock and roll / rockabilly song, or if less so, something slower and bluesier. I'm inspired by everything around me, really - the weather, the season, and also I'm truly inspired when I hear other great recordings and artists. 

Q. How do you write music and lyrics what comes first music or words?
A. I see writing music as an art, and it's a learned craft. I write songs in many different ways, for example I'm forever noting down phrases that I may hear in everyday life,and sometimes they turn up later in a song. Most of my songs, I would say, are born by me strumming my guitar and just making up (singing) bits of melodies and snatches of words over that.  A good song should usually stand up to be being played and sang with just one guitar and one voice.
I mostly get down to songwriting in the evening and at night, but really, it can be anytime. 

Q. Who is your favourite guitarist of the past , and who is your favourite of today's musicians?

A .  My favourite guitarist of the past is Chuck Berry. I listened, and listened, and listened, to his groovy guitar breaks on those old vinyl discs. A wonderful guitar player. If I'm jamming on stage, my electric guitar style inevitably veers back to Chuck's.
Than I'd have to say favourite guitarist of the present is Brian Setzer. His style is totally rockabilly - he's a master of the form, and his playing is both brilliant,  and instantly recognisable. 

Q. I know you play several instruments, are there any other instruments that you would like to learn to play and maybe record with?

A. I love the sound of the fiddle. I'd love to learn it as a new challenge. It's tuned the same as my mandolin  so the note positions are the same. I tried to play one one time, but I just couldn't get  a tone out of it, so recording it would be a long way off, I guess. 

Q. Do you have anything exciting in the pipeline?

A. Yes, because I'm still so "into music" I'm always excited by projects. I'm currently writing and recording for a 2015 EP release on Everyday Records.  There are at least four strong tracks virtually finished. The EP 's working title is  "The Rockin' Blues Sound Of Dave Peters", and the tracks are :-  Crawling Back To You / Sofia / Poor Boy Blues / Screamsville Incident (Inst).  All new !  So that's exciting to me.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Crawl Back To You (Lyric)

Words and Music by Dave Peters. (RnR) Everyday Records recording artist .
(spoiler - track not yet on release).

Here I'm standin' in the pourin' rain, and in my mind it plays a sweet refrain.
I get to thinkin' how I tried and tried, and all I'd do to keep you satisfied

(Chorus) You're always on the run
Like you've always done
But all I ever do, is crawl back to you.

I pay no mind to where you've lately been, 'cause in my heart you're coming back again
You're really something messing up my brain,  you're intent in driving me insane

Repeat chorus

Well, you run and hide, try so hard to hurt my pride, still I realise
I'm crawlin' back to you  (It ain't nothing new)

Guitar solo

Well, you run and hide, try so hard to hurt my pride, still I realise
I'm crawlin' back to you

Here I'm standing as the  night rolls in, and all you've said well I can hear again
Still I'm thinkin' how I tried and tried, all I'd do to keep you satisfied

Repeat chorus

It ain't nothing new, crawl back to you, crawl back to you.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Aria Pro 2 Semi Acoustic 1992 Lefty

 I've been using this old (1992)  Aria Pro 2 semi lately, it has a lot going for it I reckon.  It plays really well , after set up, as always, it's nice and light, thin neck, that took a bit of getting used to, and most importantly it plays in tune.  I was intending a pick up upgrade, but when I used it loud, it didn't need it. -Don't fix it if it's not broken! longer techno geek review to follow. Thanks to MojoGuitar Shows UK who went to the trouble of locating it for me.

Monday, 2 December 2013

The first LP that I ever bought - Carl Perkins Original Golden Hits - Sun Records

Carl Perkins Original Golden Hits - Sun Records
Photo courtesy of Screamsville Studios 2013

Browsing through my old vinyl I've re-connected with the first LP I ever bought: Carl Perkins Original Golden Hits. I guess that would have been around 1969,1970. I remember I'd looked at it longingly in Rumbelows for several weeks, picking it out and reading the song titles, and then eventually I'd taken the plunge and bought it. Hey - an album purchase was a big spend back then! Well I guess that as an investment it's certainly paid off, it's still with me and it's survived a million plays. And Carl's picking style, over that million listens, surely must have had an influence on me. Today I've given the album a re-spin and it's just as I remembered - it's great!!! Like the tough Sun vinyl it's pressed on, this stuff was made to last.

Track listing:
Side 1 - Blue Suede Shoes / Boppin' The Blues / Lend Me Your Comb / Only You / Tennessee / Honey Don't.
Side 2 - Matchbox / Dixie Fried / Right String But The Wrong Yo Yo / Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby / Your True Love.

Listening to it now it still rocks, Carl had rockabilly in him, natural. It's clearly apparent that the songs are played live in the studio, a couple of the tracks have tatty endings, and I'm sure different takes would have slightly different riffs, solos and feels - it's all being performed on ability and instinct.

Instrumentation is electric lead guitar, acoustic rhythm guitar, stand-up 'fiddle' bass, drums, a little piano here and there and mostly Carl's one lead vocal, occasionally with a second vocal harmony part. I particularly love the economy and dry tone of the guitar breaks.

It's highly influential stuff too - obviously, and famously, listening carefully to these tracks would have been the young Beatles - with three tracks here later covered as official releases. Says it all, really.

Many years after that first album purchase I recognised myself within the lines of John Sebastians' song 'Nashville Cats'......the record man said everyone is a yellow Sun record from Nashville, and up North there ain't nobody buys them and I said "But I will".

Friday, 18 October 2013

Stefan Grossman - a short appreciation

Stefan Grossman
Photo courtesy of Screamsville Studios 2013

It was a great thrill for me to sit less than ten feet from Stefan Grossman the Bronx folk blues acoustic guitar master, in concert last week at The Works, Sowerby Bridge UK. Quite uncanny too, to hear my own guitar licks played back at me, only being executed much more accurately and, in all honesty, simply much better. I caught myself thinking "I play that, yeah I play that!!" then remembering why that would be the case - because I learned those riffs off Stefan in the first place!

When I began my guitar journey over forty years ago I was listening to and studying rock 'n' roll guitarists,(and I still am, of course), mainly Chuck Berry and Carl Perkins. Over time, it became evident to me that their styles, tones, choice of notes, chord progressions and so on were based on an earlier form of music - the mysterious "blues" (Remember, this was a very long time ago). Now back in those days those sounds were only accessible to me via funky old hard-to-get albums by oddly named old guys such as Lightning Hopkins, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Son House. Scary dudes from some another planet. I found myself drawn to this stuff, and would listen intently to these scratchy old records - the crackle and hiss was in the original recording - I wanted to play like that, but trying to work out what was going down seemed to be next to impossible. Bad sound, out of concert guitars, alternative tunings, bottleneck slides, capos up at the seventh fret, and so on. All this through a fog of extraneous noise and with a time delay of decades.

Stefan Grossman came along and for me he became THE MAN, the key to this other world of blues. He had the talent, patience love and dedication to dissect and lift the guitar playing out of the past and into the now. As a youngster he'd taken lessons one to one from the legendary Reverend Gary Davies, who'd apparantly told him to "bring your money, honey" and Stefan clearly had also listened and listened and listened intently to those ancient tracks until he had accurately figured it all out. He published written tutors and he released records (and later CDs, videos and DVDs). In these he would slow down and patiently demonstrate the tricks and secrets as to how it's all done. This he delivered with good humour, generosity of spirit and boundless enthusiasm. Stefan became, and remains the "go to" guitar tutor for me. A truly inspirational guy.

Stefan Grossman and Dave Peters
Photo courtesy of Screamsville Studios 2013

Monday, 2 September 2013

Instinct (lyric)

Words And Music © Dave Peters
Recording Artist on Everyday Records

i got an instinct, of what it's all about /we set it in motion / let it scream out and shout / don't take it too serious / let it all hang out / the wind it cut through me / chill me right to the bone / we huddle together / we ain't never alone / i think of the good times / of the times that I've known / solo / if we play it by instinct / there's no way that we know / if we'd got it together / would it live would it grow / but if you tell me it's over / well I'm anxious to go / solo / if you're taking to talking / just count me out / i'll be taking to walking / like you just found out /and i'll tell you it's over / and we can't work it out.