As well as raising money for the campaign, Stephen Dale Petit’s recent gig at The 100 Club in London on December 1st has brought the new blues pioneer to the attention of many who would otherwise not have heard of him, something which we should all be grateful for.
In his chosen vocation, playing the blues guitar, Petit is already a legend, having performed with all of the modern greats most of whom he can count as personal friends. Such is his personal appeal that he was able to entice the likes of Mick Taylor and Ronnie Wood to join him for the 100 Club gig even before the word ‘charity’ had been mentioned.
He will none the less feel that he has acheived something special over the last month or so, along with the broadsheet press he is responsible for making the public aware of the plight of the 100 Club and whats more he has done something about it.
The gig on December 1st was of course a sell out and attracted plenty of media attention along the way, it has also raised the profile of Stephen Dale Petit which in turn will ensure decent sales of his next single, the proceeds of which will be donated to the 100 Club campaign.
Asked why his feelings run so deep for the club, after the recent show, Petit explained;
“The first gig I went to in the UK was Alexis Korner at The 100 Club. There is no other venue like it on earth – when you walk downstairs it’s like entering a magic portal. I always feel honoured to perform there, and this show was just extra special.”
Stephen Dale Petit released his second album The Crave earlier this year to huge acclaim, the collection includes some new ferocious blues monsters alongside updated classics by the likes of Robert Johnson, Fleetwood Mac, Little Willie John and Albert King. Number one blues fan Paul Jones of Radio 2 noted upon the release of The Crave, “updates of classic blues songs often don’t work but this one certainly does.”
So what do we know about the man tipped to be the blues guitarist on the tip of every tongue in 2011? Well, quite a bit actually!
- Born by the roadside just outside Joshua Tree, California
- Delivered by a passing black doctor who was also an enthusiastic blues musician
- Weaned on 60’s & early 70s UK Blues-influenced rock
- First guitar – a Gibson SG Special aged 8
- Playing (illegally) and raising Hell in California rock clubs aged 16 alongside Randy Rhoades and co
- Met – and played with – both BB and Albert King
- Descended into drug and alcohol addiction
- Relocated, as a teenager, to his own personal ‘Blues Mecca’ – London – in early 90s
- Fell in with stellar musicians and guitarists – Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Mick Jones, Joe Strummer, David Gilmour
- Got clean and sober in UK
- Was first official TfL/Carling London Underground Busker 2003
- Recorded 1st album Guitararama in studio downtime, paid for by busking income
- Sold all of initial 2,000 Guitararama pressings within 6 weeks in London Underground
- Petit progresses from Leicester Sq Tube to selling out London’s 100 Club – the first of eight times in three years!
- Guitararama independent 2007 release through Proper sells out 5,000 repressing
- First of many BBC appearances on BBC Radio 4 Midweek, BBC News and in session on BBC Radio 2 Paul Jones Show
- Guitararama (now picked up and distributed by Universal Music) voted Guitar Magazine’s Album Of The Year 2008
- Guitararama makes HMV Top 10 Blues Album Chart
- Major features/articles Classic Rock; Guitarist; Blues Matters; Guitar; The Independent; Sunday Express; News Of The World
- 2008 eight week College/University Guitar Masterclass and Blues Lecture Tour attracts thousands of new fans
- 2009 major sell-out UK Tour with Special Guest – Rolling Stone Mick Taylor
What others have said about The Crave:
“Petit occupies a stunning middle ground between the fire of Freddie King, the instinct of Jimmy Page and the soul of Eric Clapton”(Classic Rock magazine)
“Petit is sheer class. He’s incredible” (BBC 6 Music)
“The Crave is absolutely the most personal album that has been released this year and possibly the most important – simply brilliant” (Blues Matters Magazine)
“The Crave is a seventeen track masterpiece. This album should see Petit vie for the King of the Blues title” (www.loudhorizon.com)
“Fantastic” (Bob Harris BBC Radio 2)