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"...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


Apr. 6 Zona Colonial Santo Domingo DOMINICAN REPUBLIC LuLu Live Sessions
Apr. 11 421 Frenchmen Street New Orleans LOUISIANA CD RELEASE at LOUISIANA MUSIC FACTORY
Apr. 12 BMI STAGE - Historic New Orleans Collection 533 Royal St FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL - NEW ORLEANS



Guitarist and songwriter Peter Novelli will release St. Amant Sessions, his third record in April 2015. There will be an international CD Release in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on April 6, followed by a New Orleans CD release at Louisiana Music Factory in New Orleans.

Novelli has been on the road constantly in support of his 2010 and 2012 releases (Peter Novelli and Louisiana Roots and Blues) with successful tours in the US, Norway and The Dominican Republic.

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

"I don't know how any promotional agency could have helped me in Norway as much as the musicians here," states New Orleans guitar great, Peter Novelli, about his recent welcome as he toured for the first time in Norway. "They hooked me right up and are already booking me for major blues festivals and top venues for 2015. What a fantastic country for blues & roots music."

Novelli's insight is well earned. He's seen much of the world since his eponymous Peter Novelli was released in 2010. Each year, Novelli intentionally expands his tour radius to include big chunks of the US- the midwest, The Finger Lakes NY region- all the while headlining venues and events in New Orleans, where he is based. The Summer 2014 Louisiana Roots and Blues Tour with his New Orleans rhythm section kicked off in June and wound up in September at Abilene in Rochester NY.

But it's not just the US that intrigues and calls to Novelli. His music has been embraced by the Caribbean island country Dominican Republic where jazz, blues, and funk genres are gaining popularity with Dominicans as well as with the growing population of ex-pats.

And then there's Norway, where a month long tour forged a new audience for his music and a new respect among Norwegian musicians for Novelli's guitar prowess, vocals and songwriting. Novelli and Louisiana drummer Brian Brignac collaborated with Norwegian guitar guru Bent Patey and bassist Gunnar Engen.

During tour breaks, Novelli was ducking in and out of Brignac's Sound Shack in the small town of St. Amant to record his third record, St. Amant Sessions, with guest musicians like slide guitarist Sonny Landreth and his drummer Brian Brignac, the Grammy winning zydeco accordionist Chubby Carrier, keyboardist Kevin McKendree (Delbert McClinton), cajun accordionist Sammy Naquin and vocalist Elaine Foster (who's worked with Dr John and Alan Toussaint among others).

"St. Amant Sessions really reflects my growth as an artist, guitarist and songwriter," says Novelli. "My music really has been a journey. I'm inspired by New Orleans sounds as well as zydeco, cajun and Louisiana-Texas blues. I love playing, recording and touring the world. There's nothing better than standing on a stage in a foreign country and having an audience dig what you're doing."

- Tammy Brackett, Moonstruck Promotions
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Accolades for Novelli's 2nd CD, Louisiana Roots & Blues 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)