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Have you heard Peter Case?

  • Aug 24, 2009
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Born in 1954, Case grew up near Buffalo. In 1974, he worked as a street musician in San Francisco and some of these experiences seem to have found their way into the song “Entella Hotel” (see below). By 1979, he’d moved to LA and formed the rock group Plimsouls. He debuted as a solo artist in 1986, and in 1989 released “The Man with the Blue Post-Modern Fragmented Neo-Traditionalist Guitar” (which seems to be a cross between a description of Case’s style and a Picasso painting). There are several very strong songs on this record including “Put Down the Gun,” “Entella Hotel” (my personal favorite), “Travellin’ Light,” “Old Part of Town,” “Two Angels,” and “This Town’s a Riot.” The re-release limited edition CD is relatively expensive and hard to find, but it is definitely worth the effort to locate. “Sings Like Hell” from 1993 was a self-produced high energy collection of acoustic songs (mostly traditional blues) that won Case a contract with Vanguard Records and resulted in the release of “Torn Again” in 1995 and “Full Service No Waiting” in 1997 (“Until the Next Time” and “Beautiful Grind” are beautiful songs from that strong collection). In 2007, he released “Let Us Praise Sleepy John” which actually contains 10 original songs by Case presented in a stripped-down acoustic approach with a guest appearance by Richard Thompson on “Every 24 Hours.” Peter Case is a very talented guitarist and songwriter and deserves more recognition than he’s received.

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August 24, 2009
Nice review, Steve. I used to see the Plimsouls in LA in the early 80s. They were a great live band and "A Million Miles Away" was a great 80s song. It is too bad they didn't achieve greater popularity. They certainly deserved better exposure.
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