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Billy Peek - Tribute to a PoetBilly Peek – Tribute To A Poet
{2006 - Ida-Bess Records}

“Tribute To A Poet” is Billy Peeks latest CD and pays tribute to long-time friend and mentor, Chuck Berry.

Based on a friendship between Peek and Berry that started nearly fifty years ago, Tribute To A Poet reaches deep into Berry’s repertoire with these twelve time-tested classics; appropriately a tribute from a St. Louis guitar man to another St. Louis guitar man.

For all you gear-heads, Billy is playing a 57-61 Gibson 335 reissue on this recording.

The band is: Billy Peek on guitar and vocals, Don Tieman on drums, Dave Moreland on bass and Steve Grimes on piano and organ. Special guest Diane Randazzo plays tambourine and maracas on tracks 3 and 6.

1. Roll Over Beethoven
2. Nadine
3. You Can’t Catch Me
4. Wee Wee Hours
5. Too Much Monkey Business
6. Maybellene
7. Carol
8. No Money Down
9. No Particular Place To Go
10. Sweet Little Sixteen
11. Johnny B. Goode
12. Bye Bye Johnny

They are great songs, done really well! For the most part it’s a rock CD with songs from the 50’s and 60’s. While all are good, track 4 is my favorite remake here. I dare you to just try and keep from dancing in your seat, bobbin’ your head and/or tappin’ your feet.

Buy the CD and catch Billy live around St. Lou, for more information visit www.billypeek.com. Back on November 15th, 2000 I was lucky enough to see Chuck play at Blueberry Hill, Billy was in the audience and was asked to sit in for a couple of songs – man, it was a real thrill for me and musical treat. Both Chuck and Billy perform at Blueberry Hill.

Ciao’ for now, peace.
Peter 'Cornbread' Cohen, CBP

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