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Painting Without Canvas

by Peter Blast

This collection of material ranges from Outlaw Country, Rock, Poetic Ballads, Country Folk Blues, Authentic Cowboy Songs, Slow Low Down and Dirty Chicago / Delta Blues, and a Pop Rocker with a Twang. This release is Americana in all shapes and sizes.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Run Baby Run (feat. Mark Andes, Dan Curry & Chris Kalmas)
3:56 $1.29
2. In the Name of Love (feat. Heather Horton, Dan Curry, Tony Christiano, Pablo Castro & Fabian Bruno)
3:26 $1.29
3. I Don't Drink, I Don't Smoke, but I Lie (feat. Dan Curry, Chris Kalmas & Pablo Castro)
4:17 $1.29
4. It's Better to Have Loved and Lost (feat. Kenny Harck, Tony Christiano, Michael Barry, Donnie Vie, Keith Kenston, Alice Nuteson, Gino Martino & Chip Znuff)
3:11 $1.29
5. Old Cold Hill (feat. Gino Martino, Chipp Znuff, Tony Christiano, Michael Barry & Heather Horton)
3:57 $1.29
6. I Am the One (feat. Dan Curry & Bob Lizik)
6:45 $1.29
7. Paint It Black (feat. Gino Martino, Jerry Loy & John Horvath)
4:06 $1.29
8. The Crossroads Hotel (feat. Tony Christiano, Kenny Harck & Chip Znuff)
3:40 $1.29
9. Spanish Cowboy Boots (feat. Tommy D'ziallo, Willy Schwarz, Rick Veras, Tony Christiano, Alice Nuteson, Kenny Harck, Johnny K, Billy McCarthy & Chip Znuff)
3:54 $1.29
10. Under a Venus Moon (feat. Willy Schwarz, Gino Martino, Chip Znuff, Donnie Vie, Alice Nuteson & Andrea Miller)
4:00 $1.29
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
From the opening guitar riffs of "Run Baby Run" with those haunting Peter Blast make you think twice lyrics "You'll ride that white lightning all the way to hell, so run baby run...from yourself", you know this is going to be something special. "Painting Without Canvas by Peter Blast" is an adventure of the seen and unseen. It's the good, the bad, the high and low roads of life as if an old soul of a ghost traveling through time telling tales of the past and the present. Painting Without Canvas move's from Up Tempo Outlaw Country, Rock n Roll, to Poetic Ballads such as "In The Name of Love"; that feels like you could be South of the Border before slowly working his way back through the Southern States with some Country Folk Blues with the interesting title of "I Don't Drink, I Don't Smoke, but I Lie" that still maintains a rock feel.

Peter Blast gets back to Chicago and indulges himself in some slow, low down and dirty Chicago / Delta Blues. Here he lays it all out on the table with authentic Southwestern Cowboy songs as he works with musicians from different walks of musical worlds to create old world sounds for the music that is being presented. Painting Without Canvas adds another up tempo pop rocker with a twang in "It's Better to Have Loved and Lost" which was mentioned by Mr. Chubby Howard (Steel Pedal Guitarist Hall of Fame inductee) out of Ohio. Mr. Howard was quoted as saying that this song reminded him of a cross between Paul McCartney and Wings with the Eagles. Peter has even included his re-mastered cover version of The Rolling Stones "Paint it Black" that is now out of physical print. Painting Without Canvas by Peter Blast weaves through many timeless, realistic situations that leaves you to paint your own mental pictures such as in Peter's last track "Under a Venus Moon" which leaves you standing in the rain and mud feeling like you’re about to become a witness to a Cowboy giving his final confession's to a hangman only seconds before swinging into his own final destiny. This new release is Americana in all shapes and sizes.

Guest Performances by: Mark Andes of the original "Heart, Firefall, Ian McLagan's Bump Band, Jo Jo Gunne, Spirit and Canned Heat" / Willy Schwarz of Tom Waits / Bob Lizik of The Brian Wilson Group / Heather Horton (Vocals, Violin) / Kenny Harck of Badfinger, Off Broadway, James Young Group (Styx) / Anthony Christiano / Gino Martino, Chip Zn'uff and Donnie Vie of the Original Enuff Zn'uff / Pablo Castro, Fabian Bruno of "Peter Blast Power Company" (Bunoes Aires, AR.) / Micheal Barry / Chris Kalmas / John Horvath / Jerry Loy and Members of Peter's Side Group "The Reckless Desperado's", which have all been mentioned here and in the Peter Blast Bio. This group was formed in 2012 and the lineup is like a revolving door and always a surprise...Recordings and Sit Down Performances without Drums, very Organic.

I don’t want to sound like a music critic but quite frankly “Painting Without Canvas” by song-writer Peter Blast is the most refreshing music I’ve heard from any artist in a very long time.

It’s like a stageplay with different characters and scenes playing out—never knowing what to expect. The greatest thing about this disc is that it isn’t forced or contrived through message or production.

Every good writer in literary and film knows the pen to paper golden rule: “don't tell me, show me.”

Peter Blast “shows” on his CD, Painting Without Canvas. He goes deeper and risks more than most songwriters would but stays cool, and is very clever on how he proceeds. He sends his message via hooks galore. And quite a broad message he has. Peter Blast is a real artist. No frills or makeup here. He is a tank who has taken hits, gotten back up, and pushed on for over 40 years while finding the time to take notes on you, me, and the many things that surround us.

Every song on Painting Without Canvas leads you to another door; a different tone, place, and time— and yet the overall feel and theme ride tight to the rail and never stumble.

Painting Without Canvas places you in the moment. With the song you get a vision. Like when I first truly listened to Bob Dylan's “Maggies Farm” many years ago. It felt like I was on the farm smack dab n the middle of sweat and sarcasm.

On Painting Without Canvas you are in “Spanish Cowboy Boots,” you can feel “The Crossroads Hotel,” and reminisce on that “Old Cold Hill.” And there are plenty more, trust me.

I admire artists who aren't afraid to take risks so long as they are believable. There are more than a few gems on this CD but the most important overall theme is honesty. It simply wins when you can prove that the world you're writing about is the world you've lived within when no one else dare enter. Peter Blast is believable.

Billy McCarthy – Writer/Director of Ferocious Drummers – a feature documentary film.


Peter Blast
Painting Without Canvas
CD Review By: The Gypsy Poet

Peter Blast is one musician that is unafraid to take risks. The listener can tell that based on his album, "Painting Without A Canvas." Honestly, this album is like a time machine that takes you back to the past to show you where music was at its prime. Blast has a fusion of hippie sounds and Rock n Roll. "Painting Without A Canvas" is a solid testimony that rock is still alive and relevant. On top of that, there is an element of euphoria that can't be missed on this album, either.

Ritchie Blackmore from Deep Purple and Blackmore's Night would have quite a collaboration having Blast on as a co-songwriter because of his direction melodically is and acoustic material has a breathtaking feel to it. Old Cold Hill on the album is the perfect example of that.

"Paint It Black" is an awesome track worth rockin' to! This one brought me back to The Rolling Stones! Blast did an awesome rendition of this song and kept it as close to the original as possible. This album is a lot like a poetry reading set to music. Emotions run high and the platform is arena-sized adding a touch of dirty, low-down Delta blues in the mix!

One of the first things you get to know on this album is Peter Blast as a person. You feel his history in music in your bones and the rest falls into place. Truly, I can see why so many in my surroundings are turning to the music of the past for inspiration. That is a big compliment and Peter Blast fits right in




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