Members: Peter Giftos (et al)
It was 1956. Peter Giftos was just 10 years old and in the 6th grade when Elvis Presley changed his life. His parents bought him his first guitar for his 11th birthday, and after just a few lessons from local TV star Cowboy Slim, he was onstage playing and singing hits by Elvis, Gene Vincent, Chuck Berry and other emerging R&R artists.
Review: The Boston Blues Society Newsletter: Featured Artist, Vol 1 No. 2: "Looking like Pete Townshend and sounding like Eric Clapton, it would seem inevitable that Giftos is a talented musician. If Townshend and Clapton are 2nd generation Blues performers influenced by Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Howling Wolf and B.B. King among others, then Giftos is a mentor of the 3rd generation of Blues masters . . ."
Review: House of Blues Grand Opening 11/29/92: "Giftos is as comfortable transferring the Blues torch from one generation to another as he is performing live and onstage in front of a packed house. It is his unparalleled virtuosity that sets his Blues Party apart from countless other jams."
Review: "The Peter Giftos Blues Party - Gifted Giftos" by A.J. Wachtel: "In a time when Blues is re-emerging as a dynamic musical force, Giftos stands alone, like Townshend and Clapton before him, in his ability to translate what first generation bluesmen wrote into meaningful experiences and expressions in an explosive and not entirely different age."
Bands: Peter & The Jaguars 1956-1962; The Four Shades 1962-1964; The Cumberlands 1964-1966; The Citations 1967-1969; "abstention" 1969-1990 (except for occasional "excursions" in the early '80's with jam-band Primal Therapy, Barry Cowsill and the infamous Blind Lemon Pledge & His All-Star Seeing Eye Dog Revue); Peter Giftos & The Blues Party 1990-"?"; Mighty Sam McClain (guitar and band leader)1995-1998
"Peter Giftos has a gift for playing tasteful Blues licks. Edgy solos . . . give him a definitive style" (Stacey Vermillion, CBA Magazine). "Giftos has a dirty guitar tone and a soulful style reminiscent of Clapton on a non-sellout day." (Jesse T., http://listen.com). "Peter Giftos' solos on guitar are beautifully restrained and aching . . ." (Benoit Briere, Blues Bytes 1/2001). ". . . wonderful weeping guitar from Peter Giftos" (Gordon Baxter, Blues On Stage). ". . . the real masterpiece here; its gritty guitar intro and solo (compliments of Peter Giftos) and swampy, funky backbeat are pure cool" (Steve Walbridge, Blues Revue). ". . .model of restraint" (Juke Blues). ". . . con ottima chitarra blues di Peter Giftos . . ." (IL Blues). "'Joy and pain' (Crosscut/Munich) (68:08) 'Sledgehammer soul & downhome blues' est la plage titulaire de son album de 96, un R&B avec une intervention toute en finesse de Peter Giftos la guitare. 'What you want to do?' est une nouvelle occasion donne ce dernier de briller, un riff de guitare. Parfait! Enfin, 2 slow blues de plus, 'I'm so lonely' et 'A soul that's benn abused', soulign de la guitare prolifique de Giftos. Un live album absolument brillant et chaudement recommand." (Jean-Claude Mondo, Le Monde au Blues).
"Joy and Pain" - Live In Europe (Crosscut/Ruf); Soul Survivor (AudioQuest); Journey (AudioQuest); Sledgehammer Soul & Down Home Blues (AudioQuest); Testing The Waters (Tatnic); Sizzle (Event); Never On Sunday (Event); Live At Town Hall (WPOR).
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