Live at Liège

by Pistol Pete Wearn

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Well, I got a black cat bone I got a black cat bone I got a black cat bone I got a black cat bone I got a black cat bone but I think my luck's run dry Gonna weep and moan I'm gonna weep and moan Gonna weep and moan Gonna weep and moan Gonna weep and moan, gonna sob and wail and cry Well I've been betrayed Oh I've been betrayed I've been betrayed I've been betrayed I've been betrayed and my girl she said goodbye I've got my old sheath blade Got my old sheath blade Got my old sheath blade Got my old sheath blade Got my old sheath blade and I think someone might die
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I remember the smell of baking bread always hanging on my clothes And endless queues of valley boys all slurring their prose I remember a girl in a green t-shirt with plum coloured hair And a nervous smile that crossed her face whenever I got near And we were young free and beautiful I didn’t know it back then Oh to be young and free and beautiful To be young free and beautiful again There were days in pretty seaside towns during bleak winter storms We’d kill some time in Woolworths’ aisles and find a pub to keep us warm There was a picnic in a frozen park and a famous limestone cave There was crazy golf at the pleasure park during the oh-three heat wave Chorus Now the time has come that a young man’s clothes grow faded and tight And I look back on halcyon days in rose coloured light And as I sink through middle years into ages dark sea Well the best thing about growing old is that you’re still here with me Chorus x 2
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Train I Ride 03:02
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Devil In Me 02:56

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Thirteen tracks of ragged acoustic blues recorded live in Belgium, including a mix of traditional & original songs from Pistol Pete's back catalogue, along with a brand new original and a previously unheard cover of the dustbowl classic Nobody Knows You.l


Press release:

AWARD-WINNING ACOUSTIC BLUESMAN RELEASES LIVE RECORD OF EUROPEAN TOUR

[17 th January 2019] Moonshine Magazine’s 2018 Blues Artist of the Year, Pistol Pete Wearn, releases a brand-new album on March 29th.

Live at Liège is a thirteen-track LP recorded at the Belgian city’s Blues-Sphere venue, during Wearn’s autumn 2018 European tour. And, to celebrate five full-time years on the live blues circuit, Wearn is making it available free of charge.

The album features a mix of new interpretations of blues favourites – such as RL Burnside’s “Going Down South” and the classic “Nobody Knows You (When You’re Down and Out)” – alongside some of Wearn’s best original material, including first-airings for some songs, as well as
tunes taken from 2016’s Service Station Coffee (“as true as it gets” – Blues Blast Magazine).

“The European tour was the culmination of a great year for me,” explains Wearn, whose 2018 was spent touring an album of traditional material, Timber Framed. “So releasing this record feels like a celebration of sorts – and a great way to share with old and new fans alike a flavour of what I do live.”

Wearn swapped life as a Staffordshire-based barista for a full-time blues career in 2014, having poured espressos for ten years whilst performing in the highly rated electric blues outfit .44 Pistol at the weekends. Since then, he has attracted acclaim far and wide, with Maverick naming him “a master slide guitar virtuoso,” and R2 declaring him “a talent to watch.”

Live at Liège serves as both a summation of Wearn’s career to date and a statement of intent for the future. The new material it features in particular showcases Wearn’s addition of finger- picking gentility to his raw blues sound, and promises great things for his next studio-based project.

“I wanted the album to be a bit of a present to my existing fans, but also act as something of a sampler for people just discovering my music,” Wearn adds. “It’s a sort of fifth birthday present to my blues career!” Having made a name for himself on the live circuit, and supported luminaries such as The Pretty Things, Billy Branch, Mud Morganfield and Jonathan Byrd, Wearn will continue to rise on the strength of Live at Liège. A talent to watch indeed.

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released March 29, 2019

The album sleeve notes:

Notes by Pistol Pete Wearn

I love live albums. That’s the answer to the question everyone will inevitably ask: why am I putting out another one when that’s what the last thing was? They may be out of fashion. I may be fighting in the face of popular opinion and perhaps the course of history, but I still love concert records.

I remember the first time my Dad played Lynyrd Skynyrd’s One More From The Road for me at the age of ten. The whoops. The cheers. The southern drawl declaring “I’m hot as a fox in a forest fire”. The uncanny sense that I was sharing a sizzling moment in a sweaty nineteen-seventies Atlanta concert hall from a living room in drizzly nineteen-nineties Wiltshire via the time-machine of a crackling piece of vinyl.

And they have stayed with me. Through B. B. King Live at The Apollo and Johnny Cash At San Quentin and Burnside on Burnside and Muddy Waters at Newport 1960 and Bear’s Choice and The 1968 Memphis Country Blues Festival, whoever my new favourite artist is, it’s always their live stuff that speaks to me the most.

I always think that out there in front of an audience is the real measure of a musician. I have a huge amount of admiration for the craftsmanship that goes into making a studio masterpiece, but they are a different beast to the live show. They don’t capture that spark of a great gig, that crackle in the air, that moment of well-rehearsed spontaneity, going down, not exactly the way it was meant to, but somehow even better.

So, five years on the road with my solo show and this is where we’re at. It’s still me playing the guitar, stamping my foot on a wooden box, and growling out words. I never promised to reinvent the wheel, and I don’t suppose there’s any danger that I might. Hopefully what you’ll hear is something real, or at least as real as a British man singing music belonging to a tradition from four-and-a-half thousand miles away can aspire to.

With luck this album is different too. The last one was all new stuff, and this is what you might term The Career Retrospective, though I really do feel like I’m just getting started. There are songs I used to play with .44 Pistol a decade or more ago and songs from my first demo and both my other solo albums as well as some new things. Consider it a sampler of what I’m about, musically speaking, if you like. A snapshot of one night in Belgium, but also a taste of the music back then & right now & still to come.

Music performed by Pistol Pete Wearn.
Live sound & recording by Jean Paul Brilmaker.
Mixed by Pete Wearn.
Mastered by Joshua Lomas.
Cover photo by Ashleigh Rose. Design by Pete Wearn.

Thanks must go to Nia & Brit; Dan Hartland; Jean Paul Brilmaker; Matt & Lisa Woosey; Anna Leinhardt; Olli Zilk; & everyone else who offered their support & assistance during the 2018 European Tour.

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"old-school blues" - Nottingham Post

"If this don't get at least one of your feet stomping, then there's really no hope for you..." - Indie Music Mag

"local blues legend" - Stafford Radio

"music to drink, dance and stomp your feet along to... a real stripped down blues session in all its glory." - Derby Gig Guide

"devilishly catchy...an abundance of soul" - Staffs Live
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