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  1. Louisiana Sunrise
  2. Boudin
  3. Je Ne Sais Quoi
  4. Spirit Passing By
  5. Bourbon Street Blue
  6. Woman In My Dreams

PETER NOVELLI BAND

"...a potent combination of New Orleans street rhythms, swampy backbeats, jazzy infusions, and a most sincere and innovative approach to the blues... one of the best storytellers in the blues today." —Blues Revue

Shows

Aug. 14 Cabarete DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Mojitos / Cabarete Beach
Aug. 24 Santo Domingo DOMINICAN REPUBLIC LuLu Live Sessions
Aug. 28 Montauk NY TBA

News

Jul. 3 - St Amant Sessions hits charts as tour winds down

Congrats to Sonny Landreth who guested on Peter's new CD "St Amant Sessions", his new release "Bound By The Blues" entered the Roots Music Report charts at No 1 for Louisiana artists (and also Billboard Blues chart), with Peter's CD at No 2 last week and No 36 on national Blues Chart.
Novelli's Louisiana Roots & Blues Tour IV ended in Colorado this week after covering a dozen states.
Sonny is touring with Brian Brignac on drums and Chris Senac, bass. These cats formed the rhythm section for St Amant Sessions and Peter's live gigs in New Orleans in April...Brian is also touring internationally with Peter.

from C. Michael Bailey (All About Jazz)
...Novelli pours a more solid blues-rock foundation for his music that, while retaining the NOLA shuffle, bears a sharper edge, honed with jazz and country overtones and a heapin' slab of southern-fried backbeat. Novelli opens the disc with the rave-up "Louisiana Sunrise," featuring one Sonny Landreth playing his surgically-accurate slide guitar. It is a fine performance over a sauntering twelve-bar figure that sets the stage for the rest of the recording. Landreth is like cayenne, lime and garlic, his contributions improve everything they are a part of.

Novelli possesses a guitar capability that is heads and shoulders above many of his contemporaries. He is playing is facile and intelligent across the sub-genre of his oeuvre. He peppers St. Amant Sessions with powerful instrumentals. "Boudin" features his precise and slashing guitar playing over a Meters funk motif. Drummer Brian Brignac is afforded space to display his wares among Novelli's sparks. It is jazz by any other name. "Shreveport Stomp" includes elements of the Beatles, Bill Haley and Jerry Reed in Novelli's guitar playing. He hits on his country cylinders. "I-10 Boogie" pulls out all stops as a bar-walking, trash talking, instrumental where Novelli shows what he is made of. It is "pots on...gas on high."
Older News

Accolades for Novelli's 2nd CD, Louisiana Roots & Blues

...like Sonny Landreth, (Novelli is) an all-round musician that easily fits into the rich musical traditions of Louisiana and is always open to other influences...Peter Novelli is a master of all styles and manages to deliver relaxed and laidback blues combined with the energy of the big city. Like other musicians who landed in New Orleans, he inhaled the magic voodoo atmosphere and it touched him and filtered through his music.

ROOTSTIME (Europe), January 2013 (PDF)

…a rich blend of south Louisiana blues-rock, touches of zydeco, and plenty of Crescent City grooves and sensibility…Fans of Tab Benoit and Sonny Landreth, as well as those interested in the current New Orleans music scene, would do well to check out Peter Novelli’s Louisiana Roots & Blues.

—Melanie Young, Living Blues Magazine, August-September 2012 (PDF)

...a potent combination of New Orleans street rhythms, swampy backbeats, jazzy infusions, and a most sincere and innovative approach to the blues... Novelli’s second CD demonstrates his clear ability to write and perform songs with the most soulful artists anywhere. His blues are sophisticated and creative in a way that so few blues CDs are today. He deserves attention as one of the best storytellers in the blues today.

—Michael Kinsman, Blues Revue #136 Sep-Oct 2012 (PDF)

Novelli’s guitar work recalls Louisiana’s native son Sonny Landreth. ...If you are unable to make it to this year’s Mardi Gras or Jazz-Fest, pay it no mind. This music will transport you there with the intoxicating effect of losing yourself in the French Quarter.

—Gary Weeks, Blues Blast Magazine Nov 2011 (PDF)

He can appropriate the sharp wit of Randy Newman one moment, the tough blues shout of Tab Benoit the next, and the wistful romanticism of Allen Toussaint the moment after that...

—Nick DeRiso, Something Else! Reviews, August 19, 2012

Peter Novelli is a class act, and a first rate guitarist and singer... Louisiana Roots & Blues is packed from front to back with cleverly written, well performed and slickly-produced songs.

—Rex Bartholomew, Blues Blast Magazine Nov 2012 (PDF)