what do you call a crazy chicago blues guitar player, who wears a squirrel on his head, and solos with various random objects, including, but not limited to: empty bottles, his tongue, and teeth (usually his own)?

...pistol pete.

 taken on 12/1/14 at b.l.u.e.s on halsted

taken on 12/1/14 at b.l.u.e.s on halsted

 

being a guitar player of 14 years myself i can tell you that pistol pete is by no means traditional. on my first listen of his very unique sound, i tried to guess what type of gear he was using from the back of the room.

strat?

danelectro?

well whatever the axe was, it was definitely coming out of fender tubes.

wrong, wrong, and wrong. 

 (don't tell the other photographers on the internet, but i just posted a grainy photograph with a lot of noise, and  i don't care)

(don't tell the other photographers on the internet, but i just posted a grainy photograph with a lot of noise, and  i don't care)

 

pistol pete uses ibanez guitars with swapped pickups. ibanez? really? that's gear reserved for shredding rock guitarists. what blues player ever picked up an ibanez? he plays through a custom made amplifier based loosely on a soldano. not a traditonal blues rig by any stretch of the imagination.

to translate for my non-guitar-nerd friends: it's like he traded his brushes for a paintball gun, made a few simple modifications, and can use this to paint something on par with michalangelo's ceiling at the sistine chapel or van gogh's starry night. 

 

b.l.u.e.s. on halsted is the greatest blues establishment i have ever visited. on my first trip to chicago a couple of years ago, i saw lil' ed and the blues imperials there, and more recently, pistol pete. I have still yet to see a bad, let alone a mediocre, performance.

 

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