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Cutting The Mustard

by Pete Mitchell alias Stratmaster

Crossover Bluzy Rock - guitar driven original trax by the UK Stratmaster
Genre: Blues: English Style
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1. Im Gonna Get You
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3:40 album only
2. Rock 'N' Roll
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4:30 album only
3. One Track Mind
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4:10 album only
4. Free Man
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3:37 album only
5. Bee My Honey
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3:43 album only
6. Outside Looking In
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4:01 album only
7. Roadhog
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4:04 album only
8. Play My Guitar
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4:32 album only
9. A Matter Of Time
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3:52 album only
10. Touche
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4:05 album only


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THIS IS WHERE THE BLUES MEETS ROCK N'ROLL - 'BLUES HAS NO BOUNDARIES' says Pete Mitchell the UK Stratmaster - Rocking Blues Guitarist/ Singer-Songwriter. In the 70s Pete jammed with Muddy Waters in London, while working with his own band 'Special Brew' who were signed to Dick James Music. He also worked with Roger Giffin in the Late 70s with 'Special Brew'.In the 80s Pete worked with Carl Wayne from the 'Move' on his solo project. In the 80/90s he worked with own band 'DRIVE' Rocking Boogie-Blues Power Trio, touring the pub and club circuits around the UK. 2000/5 recording and writing etc. 2005 Started working on his unique solo CD project 'Cutting The Mustard'. All 10 trax are well crafted self-penned original songs, guitar driven and are laced with infectious guitar licks. 'Cutting The Mustard' is where the Blues meets Rock N' Roll. Pete's book titled 'Outside Looking In' (autobiography) is about a working musician, gigging and playing some 40 years, around the UK pub and club scene. A great read for gigging musicians. The Book is available NOW from and (read reviews-5 star ratings) ISBN No.184667011X and it is available as a download E-Book, at Imagine Freddie King with the drive of Billy Gibbons, and the feel of Stevie Ray Vaughan, plus a Neil Young type vocal, and you have Pete Mitchell alias STRATMASTER. The CD ranges from laid back Blues 'Play My Guitar' to the unique 'Outside Looking In'( a song covering Pete's career) with the final gut wrenching Rocker 'Touche' You can hear all 10 trax from the CD in enhanced digital sound, on Pete's official site at Trax from this CD are currently being played, and headlining on radio stations worldwide. All trax are available from iTunes. New CD review at

STOP PRESS! 'Cutting The Mustard' has been selected by the UK's best blues magazine 'BLUES IN BRITAIN' with top marks from their reviewers.
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Hairy Larry from

great songwriting telling compelling stories make for an extraordinary CD
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


GREAT! highly reccomend this CD, get buying folk.
GREAT! highly reccomend this CD, get buying folk.

If you like your blues you won't be able to resist this cd.


If you like your blues to rock Stratmaster is your man
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.

Graham Childs

Tunefull, accomplished, refreshing - most impressed!
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!

bob lynch

excellent c d !!!
great strat work !!! i really enjoyed it !!!