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Blues Guy Now

by PK Dwyer

Cosmic American Blues
Genre: Blues: Urban Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Blues Guy Now
2:19 $0.69
2. Celebration Blues
2:46 $0.69
3. Baggage Blues
2:57 $0.69
4. Easter Sunday
2:56 $0.69
5. Keep On Walkin'
3:28 $0.69
6. Please Don't Make Me Beg
3:09 $0.69
7. Trouble Here At Home
2:45 $0.69
8. $800
2:54 $0.69
9. No Longer My Girlfriend
2:22 $0.69
10. Ol' Jack Pot
4:02 $0.69
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Whether you call his music Folk Blues, Jump Blues, or Faux Blues, PK Dwyer continues to be an innovative force on the roots music scene today.

A seasoned street performer, PK Dwyer started busking in Los Angeles in 1970 and while playing the theatre lines was noticed by film maker Jac Zacha. Jac then had PK write, perform, and record the soundtrack for the mivie "Walk The Walk" which is now an incredibly rare and much sought after Cult Classic film!

PK Dwyer returned to the Pacific Northwest in 1971 and became a familiar sight on the street corners and in the clubs of Seattle performing with singing partner Donna Beck. PK also has the distinction of forming the first street band ever to busk at the Seattle Pike Place Market. This band, Felix & the Freelicks, grew, changed, and eventually became the much loved and followed band the Dynamic Logs. Always evolving and writing new material, PK went on to found the Jitters, Throbbing Gems, the infamous "Gutter People of Paris" street cabaret, the Hollywood Dick Doll Revue,and glitter folk hero George Michael Jackson.

Inspired by the sighting of the ghost of Jimmy Reed, PK started writing original jump blues material and once agian took his music to the streets. In 2001 the CD "Up To My Balls In The Blues" was released and received word wide ariplay on folk, blues, and college radio. PK Dwyer's most recent CD, "Blues Guy Now," was released in June 2003 to an enthusiastic audience, world wide airplay, and critical acclaim. A gypsy at heart, PK continues to busk his way around the world, traveling the back roads of the U.S. and the streets of Europe with his wife and two dogs. Highlights of 2004 include: Performing at the Mt. Baker Blues Festival with Hubert Sumlin and Big Jack Johnson; and the Sunbanks Rhythm & Blues festival with Duke Robillard; Busking in Amsterdam and Paris; Opening for Louisana blues artist Tab Benoit.



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Vintage Guitar magazine

Blues lyrics for the new millenium . . .
This is good stuff. I know nothing of PK Dwyer, but what I've been able to figure from his press release and web site is that he's somewhat of a fixture on the Seattle music cene, and he has been around playing various styles of music. Well, here he has taken to the blues, and, as they say, the blues have taken to him.

PK says in the title cut that he was told in a dream by Jimmy Reed that he's a blues guy now. Believe it or don't, but the guitars intertwining make believers out of lots of folks. One's loud and distorted, the other clean and sweet on this altered boogie. Throw in his high-pitched, almost other-worldly vocals, and you've got the makings of a killer tune. That goes for a lot on this album. On some cuts, like "Celebration Blues," Dwyer plays harp and acoustic, and with that voice sounds like someone recorded 50 or 60 years ago. But he also plugs in on plenty of cuts and lets her rip. "Please Don't Make Me Beg" is a rocker pure and simple. The electric fingerpicked blues- by-way-of-rockabilly guitar of "$800" drives a song that has one of my favorite lyrics in a long time; "If I had $800, I'd tell you what I'd do. Buy me some whiskey and spend the rest on you." Followed closely by "If I had $800 we'd be Vegas bound. If I had $800 we'd be Vegas bound. Get married by Elvis, and then we'd settle down."

A blues lyric for the new millenium.

Speaking of lyrics, Pl likes to have fun. In fact, it took a listen or two to figure out he's a unique lyricist not bound by the conventions of blues singers. He dows his own thing, and it makes him stand out in a world of folks trying to do this music.

All this music here is fine. Dwyer's guitar playing, whether self-accompanied acoustic guitar, or stinging electric leads and slides, is hot as hell. His vocals are perfect and unique, and the songs are all good. -JH (John Heidt)