New Blues: Peter Poirier — ‘Empty Arms’

Peter Poirier — Empty Arms
Label: ’59Records

Empty Arms is a 1950s blues/R&B atmosphere album for today. The debut recording by Boston area guitarist and vocalist Peter Poirier, it is a thoroughly satisfying introduction to his expert ability to capture the essence of the best era of traditional electric blues.

Peter Poirier’s vocals are strong and clear. What’s more — they are matched by his stellar guitar work. He is supported by a top-notch band, including Brad Hallen (acoustic and electric bass), Matt McCabe (piano), Mark Teixeira (drums), and Mark Earley (saxophone).

Every song is a winner. The album is one that hits its stride at the start and never lets up. It includes covers of B.B. King, Freddie King, Joe Young, Jimmy Liggins, Ike Turner, Willie Dixon and Sleepy John Estes & Hammie Nixon material. It’s an album rooted in respect, but smart enough to deliver the greatest compliment by avoiding any sort of rigidity. Instead, it is a collection of tracks full of feeling and nuance.

To purchase this celebration of the blues, click here.

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