Peter Gran Band, The (Sweden)

Photo: Vanja Fridhammar
The Peter Gran Band
And finally, on February 3 2008, there was a releaseparty for a long awaited album. The first CD issued under Peter Gran's own name, and every song written by Peter himself. And it is everything we hoped for, enjoying the 2006 gig mentioned below.

PETER GRAN & FRIENDS: Tuesday May 9 at Jameson's Pub, Göteborg
Peter Gran vocals, guitar, harmonica, banjo, mandolin, Krister Andersson electric guitar, Christian Kullberg electric bass, Jan Linder drums and from the band Dusty Brown Christina Carlsson backup vocals, Josefin Hansson backup vocals

Peter Gran of New Tango Orquesta and Pilgrim fame finally standing on his own legs. And I must say he looked very comfortable doing so, safe and secure in a musical tradition that goes back via icons (?) such as Neil Young and Bob Dylan. But of course much further backwards, back to those melancholy ballads about people and their destinies that to me define the genre 'folk music'.

And even if Krister played a Telecaster with a distortion pedal and Christian had traded his stand up bass for a Fender bass the music felt very nonelectric, very much centred around Peter's acoustic guitar, mandolin and banjo and a trio of wonderful voices: Peter's slightly fragile, quite Neil Youngish (sorry about repeating myself) vocals, amply supported by the masterful harmonies of The Dusty Brown Ladies. Combining all this with Peter's ability to write strong original songs (actually the entire song list!) you got yourself a wonderful mixture: a gracefully gliding country waltz, a mandolin driven love song, and a protest song with the harmonica on the traditional metal stand around the neck. And so much more. Perhaps they went more electric later on, but I was ever so satisfied when I smilingly ran for my bus.

Christer (2006-05-10)