Peter Poirier | Empty Arms

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Empty Arms

by Peter Poirier

Upbeat traditional 1950s blues with rocking' horns!
Genre: Blues: Electric Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bad Luck
3:21 $0.99
2. No More Alcohol
3:02 $0.99
3. Someday Baby
2:54 $0.99
4. I Wonder Why
4:09 $0.99
5. And Like That
2:55 $0.99
6. Empty Arms
3:13 $0.99
7. I Cry for You
3:04 $0.99
8. I'm Tore Up
2:46 $0.99
9. You Know That You Love Me
2:43 $0.99
10. Heads Up
2:29 $0.99
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Album Notes
“Empty Arms” is a strong representation of what a 1950s blues/R&B band traveling around the country sounded like. This CD is the debut recording by Boston area guitarist and vocalist Peter Poirier. It’s a solid set of traditional electric band blues played with taste and conviction. On display is an obvious love for the styles of BB King, Freddy King, and others.
Peter’s voice is warm and inviting. From the first few measures of “Bad Luck,” the opening track, he and the ensemble are fully immersed in the essence of true blues style. Brad Hallen on acoustic and electric bass, Matt McCabe on piano, Mark Teixeira on drums, and Mark Earley on saxophone do a first class job. The grooves are deep and the tempos relaxed as Peter’s guitar and voice lead us through the ten tracks. Songs like “No More Alcohol” and “Someday Baby” are excellent vehicles for Peter’s sound, which is light and engaging. His understanding of the late 40s/50s blues phrasing gives his performances a warm appeal. On Ike Turner’s “I’m Tore Up” Peter comes on strong with a classic up tempo shuffle that grooves. It’s all idiomatically correct. Everyone here has studied this style, among others, for decades.
This is an especially nuanced performance by an artist with his own style and original vision who pays respect to the blues tradition in the best possible way.
Overall this is an impressive recording, from the feeling, the playing, and the attention to detail in the sound quality, which was captured expertly by Jack Gauthier at Lakewest Recording. I enjoy it more with each listen and as Chuck Berry once said "It's a rocking little record! (I want my jockey to play)" Enjoy, Duke Robillard June 2018



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