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The Peterson Brothers Self-Titled Blues Debut - Blue Point Records (REVIEW)

By Mike Greenblatt m.greenblatt@classicalite.com on Jul 19, 2015 08:55 PM EDT

Glenn Peterson, Jr., 19, and Alex Peterson, 16, had already established a reputation for rocking the blues with funky soul on stages in their home state of Texas opening for BB King and Willie Nelson when they went into the studio for this debut on producer Michael Freeman's new Blue Point label. Freeman, fresh off a Grammy for producing Joined At The Hip by Pinetop Perkins and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, met them at a party for Pinetop's 97th birthday.

They wrote four of these 11 tracks, including a nifty swing and a Booker T & The MGs-style instrumental. Their covers of Albert King's "You're My Woman" and Little Johnny Taylor's "If You Love Me Like You Say" certainly belie their tender ages, and they do have themselves some bigtime fun with The Bobby Blue Bland Blues Band's "I Wouldn't Treat A Dog (The Way You Treated Me)" and Tampa Red's "Don't You Lie To Me." The band that Freeman assembled for the session is smokin'. Glenn sings lead and plays guitar while his little brother sings back-up and plays bass and violin.

With all the juvenile pop being swallowed whole by radio and consumers...with boy bands and underage temptresses...with stars like 15-year old Jackie Evancho (classical crossover) and 13-year old Emily Bear (jazz and classical) selling huge numbers, there certainly is a market for two cool cucumbers like the Petersons.

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