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Pete Mitchell alias Stratmaster

PETE MITCHELL – BIOGRAPHY Frontman – PETE MITCHELLS DRIVE

Bluzy rock trio (UK)

Liverpool born Singer-songwriter, bluzy rock guitarist, and author Pete Mitchell alias Stratmaster continues his musical career of over 40 years as an accomplished touring musician with the release of his solo album, ‘Cutting the Mustard’ This compilation of ten original songs highlights Mitchell’s love of the blues guitar tradition in a unique blend that he calls ‘Crossover Electric Blues/Country-Rock’

The songs on ‘Cutting the Mustard’ are driven by the soulful rhythm of Mitchell’s guitar work. A passion he has felt since he first picked up the instrument at the age of 11, and started performing at just 15. The development of Mitchell’s eclectic background, along with his prolific touring career, began in the 1970s in London when he was jamming with Muddy Waters and playing with his own band ‘Special Brew’ In the 80s and 90s he performed and travelled with his band 'DRIVE' rocking boogie blues power trio, further developing his own love for and musical interpretation of the blues genre. These experiences have led to a style that cdbaby.com characterizes in the following manner: ‘Imagine Freddie King with the drive of Billy Gibbons, and the feel of Stevie Ray Vaughan’

While the guitar work unites the songs, Mitchell’s experiences come across in the details of his lyrics, as well as in his recent published book ‘Outside Looking In’ an autobiography that chronicles a life of 30 years gigging on the road. The introduction reads like a sobering blues song: Life has its price, and one way or another we will all have to pay for it….I take the view, that a real musician is rarer still. He doesn’t play to survive - he survives to play. Fans love Mitchell for his candor, and his revealing memoir is no exception; the book has received a five-star rating on Amazon.co.uk Amazon.com and Amazon.ca

Currently being played on over 65 radio stations worldwide, the tracks of ‘Cutting the Mustard’ unfold like a roadmap on a long journey. The stylistically confident guitar work, combined with meaningful lyrics and melodies, work together to create a mature album that represents a lifetime of dedication to and respect for the history of blues and rock and roll. The songs ‘Play My Guitar’ and ‘Free Man’ are pensive and personal, while ‘Outside Looking In’ with the same title as Mitchell’s book, describes a more metaphorical state of mind that Mitchell describes like this: ‘Every now and then I get the urge to write, followed by a burning desire to play. For me it has always been the blues, in one form or another and 'Cutting The Mustard' is a good example of this. Enjoy, and whatever you do, Keep On Rocking’

Pete and his band are currently touring the UK and Europe.
Since 2008 Pete Mitchells DRIVE have played the following tours and festivals.

Gosport Festival July 2008
Buzz tour October 2008
UK mini-tour November 2008
Roadhouse tour March 2009
Burnley Blues Festival April 2009
Holland and Belgium mini-tour May 2009
UK Americana Festival July 2009
Back On Track tour October 2009
Blue Honey tour March 2010
Booze N' Bluz tour June 2010


To order a copy of ‘Cutting the Mustard’ visit these Web sites: USA www.cdbaby.com

USA www.DWMmusic.com UK www.cdunsigned.com

For a copy of the book ‘Outside Looking In’ visit: www.barnesandnoble.com

www.amazon.com www.amazon.co.uk www.amazon.ca

Both CD and Book can be obtained from Pete's official site at www.stratmaster.co.uk