Running Out of Time
Peter Veteska was born in Manhattan and grew up in Jamaica Queens. As a youngster Peter delivered newspapers in order to save enough money to purchase a used Les Paul guitar. He learned to play by listening to Eric Clapton and The Allman Brothers. He played his first gig at age fifteen but lost interest as he grew older and his musical tastes turned to jazz. When the economy tanked in 2008 Peter reconnected with his passion for playing.
Peter calls his band the Peter V Blues Train and their third album “Running Out of Time” follows last years recording “On Track”. The band lineup includes Peter V. on guitars and vocals; Aron Louis Gornish, keyboards; Sam Graverson, bass; and Alex D’ Agnese, drums. Guest musicians include “two music heavyweights”: Jeff Levine who toured with the Chambers Brothers, Wilson Pickett, Bo Diddley, Joe Cocker and others; and Danny Walsh who recorded with Lenny White, and released two albums of his own, saxophone.
Peter has written seven new tunes including “Stay on Track”, the opener, as his guitar, Walsh’s sax and Levine’s organ sound like an on coming train. “Time For Me To Go” features Peter on an acoustic guitar “I can’t take this any more, “I’m packing up today, heading West to Pa.” The funky instrumental “Time To Collect” features more great sax from Walsh.
“Buzzed, Busted, and Blue”; and the title track “Running Out of Time” include lyrics by Joanne Cesario. Peter is a robust vocalist as sings “you used to kiss, now all you do is piss me off”.
“Lay Down My Friend” is a tribute to the late Michael Packer. Featured is Eddie Jackson on the congas.
Selected covers include Richard Ray Farrel’s “Cherry On the Cream”; Big Maceo Merriweather’s “Worried Life Blues”; and “Youngblood” written by Doc Pomus, Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller and a hit for both The Coasters and Jerry Lee Lewis. Gary Neuwirth plays harp as Kelley Dewket sings on the Chris Smither classic “Love Me Like a Man” popularized by Bonnie Raitt.
This New Jersey based band surrounds themselves with some great talent. The result is fun, danceable blues. Better check them out.