Pete Mitchell alias Stratmaster - Rocking Blues Guitarist/ Singer-Songwriter from UK. 70s Jammed with Muddy Waters in London, while working with own band 'Special Brew' who were signed to Dick James Music in London. 80s Worked with Carl Wayne from the 'Move' on solo project. Worked with Roger Giffin from 'The Magic Mushroom Band'. 80/90s Worked with own band 'DRIVE' Rocking Boogie Blues Power Trio, touring the UK. 2000/5 Recording and Writing etc. 2005 Started working on solo CD project 'Cutting The Mustard'. All 10 trax are self-penned original songs, foot-tappin, beer drinkin music, and are guitar driven. Passionate about the Blues in various forms, and passionate about the guitar! 'Cutting The Mustard' is in the genre CROSSOVER Electric Blues/Country-Rock. New Book just released, titled 'Outside Looking In' (autobiography) about a working musician, playing over 30 years, around the pub and club scene. A must for all gigging musicians. The Book is available NOW from www.amazon.co.uk and www.amazon.com (read reviews-5star ratings) ISBN No.184667011X Imagine Freddie King with the drive of Billy Gibbons, and the feel of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and you have Pete Mitchell alias STRATMASTER. More info on official site at www.stratmaster.co.uk Trax from this CD are currently being played on over 80 radio stations worldwide, and are now available as downloads from iTunes. READ the band pages from www.deltaboogie.com/stratmaster
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Tunefull, accomplished, refreshing - most impressed!
Reviewer: Graham Childs
What impressed me most on first hearing was the direct and uncomplicated tunefullness of every track, and this feeling just increases every time I listen - thoroughly recommended!
excellent c d !!!
Reviewer: bob lynch
great strat work !!! i really enjoyed it !!!
If you like your blues to rock Stratmaster is your man
Reviewer: PETER "BLEWZZMAN" LAURO (click for website)
If you like your blues to rock a bit, but without it going so far over the edge that it becomes rock, then the STRATMASTER, PETE MITCHELL is your man and CUTTING THE MUSTARD belongs in your collection. CUTTING THE MUSTARD, being a total solo effort, certainly had me fooled - and impressed as well. You see, I am not a musician and as knowledgeable as I am about the blues, I am truly a music and technological idiot. Truthfully, when a band says "let's do this next song in the key of G, I'm already lost. On the other hand, I'd like to think I know the difference between a good rhythm section and "canned drums". That's why, prior to starting this review, I wrote to PETE MITCHELL asking for the names of the bass player and the drummer. Since I like to mention all the players on discs I review, this was needed information. Much to my surprise, and with most of you already getting my drift, it turned out that PETE plays all the guitars including bass, and wrote all the drum programs which indeed, were synthesized. Amazing! CUTTING THE MUSTARD consist of ten tracks which are all PETE MITCHELL originals. And, as you would expect from someone who believes in the theory that Most musicians play to survive, while I survive to play, they are all done with a high level of passion. ROCK 'N' ROLL is a smoker that clearly shows a Chuck Berry influence. As is the case with most of the tracks, this one is all about the guitar. BEE MY HONEY is one of those tracks that's arranged so well, it's one of the ones that found me wanting to compliment the non existing rhythm section. Since PETE wrote an autobiography with the same title, there has to be more to OUTSIDE LOOKING IN than meets the ear. It's a song about eras in PETE'S early life which follow him through his musical career. As a young boy he makes references to Elvis, then Lennon, then Jimi. I'm sure the book, which I eventually will read, goes into a lot more detail. PLAY MY GUITAR is unfortunately the one and only real low down blues track, thus making it this listeners personal favorite. Three or four more of these would have been right up my alley.
great songwriting telling compelling stories make for an extraordinary CD
Reviewer: Hairy Larry from Deltaboogie.com (click for website)
Mitchell plays Rock and Roll so straight ahead that it sounds like blues. Great riffing always complementing the songs and great songwriting telling compelling stories make for an extraordinary CD. The Stratmaster wrote all ten songs and he delivers them with rocking vocals and squeaky clean guitar. Although he is overdubbing the lead and rhythm parts the songs sound like a live band. On "I'm Gonna Get You" he plays harmony leads but on most of the album the arrangements are for a four piece band, two guitars, bass and drums. Well written, well played, and well recorded. And it sounds good too
Guitarist/Singer-Songwriter/Tutor/Author from UK.
CD Review.titled 'Cutting The Mustard'
Outside Looking In
Book reviews. ISBN 184667011X