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Sunday, 26.05.2013, 20:20
oh what a night...
Pete Molinari (UK)
He's one of the greats of the British music scene. When Bruce Springsteen was asked by Edward Norton during his interview at the Toronto Film Festival about what music he was listening to these days his reply was simple and direct: "Pete Molinari - and if you don't know anything about him, he's great".
Praise indeed, but in many ways hardly surprising. The Boss is well known for keeping his ear to the ground when it comes to new sounds and considering Pete's nomination as Best Newcomer at UK rock magazine's  Mojo Awards, his appearance on BBC's Later With Jools Holland and the critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic (a recent residency in LA was a huge success) for latest album A Train Bound For Glory it was never going to be too long before the man from New Jersey clocked the boy from Chatham.

Offhand, nothing seems to musically fit here but for once it's all for the better. Singer/songwriter Pete Molinari is of Maltese, Italian and Egyptian roots in addition to having been born in 1980 in Kent, England - a true citizen of this world right from the get-go. And blessed with one of the most extraordinary voices around, as you'll hear. The disks rotating on the kids turntable belonged to Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams and Leadbelly and their stuff stayed with him for life. And travelling deeper into his journey of discovery of Americana, he added the written words of Woody's "Bound For Glory" and Kerouac's "On The Road".
The amalgam of art and life enraptured him as much as this wild and free American sound and off he went. " My parents came to this country to work and they had a hard time accepting my decision. I had literally hundreds of jobs - from factory work to digging potatoes - all short term naturally, but it allowed for plenty of time to think about music and songs."  A trip to new York turned into a 2-year stay. Once back in England, Billy Childish took kid Pete into his kitchen and they cooked up his debut "Walking Off The Map" (2006). Currently, he's issued his fourth "Theosophy" and it's situated in what Muddy Waters called "The baby of Blues...they called it Rock'n'Roll".
Tonite might not be your birthday but it promises to be the night of your musical re-birth.
el Lokal