Reviews & Spotlights
Peter One: Come Back To Me
With captivating folk sounds and the most compelling music story of the year, Nashvillian via the Ivory Coast performer Peter One is making a singular statement with his stunning major label solo debut album Come Back To Me on Verve Records.
One is a former country star on the African continent now making a name for himself all over again after a 30 year detour that found him taking jobs in public service - first as a security guard and later a nurse - in order to provide for his family.
Now, astonishingly One has returned to his music career picking up where he left off and gaining an impressive amount of momentum along the way having just made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry. Opening slots for Yola and Jason Isbell, appearances at Big Ears and SXSW, and upcoming dates at the Newport Folk, Pilgrimage Festival and the Royal Albert Hall in London all point to a promising future for Peter who has come back to the scene in a big way.
On the record that some are calling a masterpiece of afro-pop, country and folk we most enjoyed the Paul Simonesque Graceland-like tones of "Cherie Vico" that had us wondering what came first - the chicken or the egg. The autobiographical "Staring Into The Blues" also caught our attention with its steady backbeat and rhythmic pulsations. The final "Birds Go Die Out of Sight" evoked the most traditional country feel complete with a call and response chorus that helps it take flight as One's praiseworthy platter comes to close leaving us with the thought. We hope he doesn't take as long to come back to us next time around.
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Review by Rockin' Rich Lynch |