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Live: Peter Case, Houston

Posted in Review with tags , , on June 29, 2011 by 30daysout

There’s no better way to wind up a sizzling summer workday than a couple cold beers and some free music down at Houston’s Cactus Music and Record Ranch. Tuesday we moseyed down there to hear a fine acoustic set from Peter Case, a singer/songwriter who spent time in rock bands like the Nerves and the Plimsouls before going solo in the mid-1980s.

He was in Houston to promote his new CD, The Case Files, a collection of demos, outtakes and other rarities from his 25-year solo career. The track listing combines full-band electric tracks with acoustic performances and features collaborations with many of Peter’s friends including Stan Ridgway, Eddie Muñoz and T-Bone Burnett.

At Cactus, he picked through some blues and rarities from his past, including a cool version of “Old Part of Town,” which was recorded by James McMurtry. Case sang the last few lines as he deepened his voice, imagining how Dave Alvin or Tom Russell would sing it – when it was done he dedicated it to McMurtry, Alvin and Russell.

He also pulled out a nice version of the Rolling Stones’ “Good Times, Bad Times,” which is on The Case Files. Afterward, as he signed a few CDs, Case promised he can rock out with an acoustic guitar and harmonica. “Once we get to stompin’, it rocks,” he said. I know he’s as good as his word.

Peter Case official website

YouTube: “The Case Files”

MP3: “Round Trip Stranger Blues”

Live: Peter Case, Houston

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , on August 1, 2010 by 30daysout

Peter Case rocks the in-store at Cactus (Photo courtesy Cactus Music's Facebook page)

Rock legend Peter Case, formerly of the Nerves and the Plimsouls, has been a solo artist since 1986 but he’s probably never been better than right now.  His new album Wig! is a blistering affair with raucous blues-rock songs, perhaps made a little more desperate and raw by Case’s brush with death a few years ago.

He had heart surgery in January 2009 and Wig! is his first record since.  He made a quick visit to Houston on 7/31, playing an in-store at Cactus Music and Video before heading to a gig in San Antonio the same night.  What is there to say – this is great stuff, get the CD and dig what Case is puttin’ down in the videos below.

YouTube: “I Dig What You’re Puttin’ Down”

YouTube: “New Old Blue Car”

Peter Case official website