Acoustic Pete Blues Trio
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Acoustic Pete Blues Trio

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States | Established. Jan 01, 1995

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Established on Jan, 1995
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"The Acoustic Pete Blues Trio – 3 Of A Kind | Album Review"

Based in Sarasota, Fla., The Acoustic Pete Blues Trio is an enigmatic group fronted by vocalist Pete Arevalo in a partnership with fellow guitarists Berry Duane Oakley and Pedro Arevalo, who’s most notably known for wielding the bass behind Dickey Betts & Great Southern.
Despite the name, however, the band is augmented by musicians and family members on Florida’s Gulf Coast, where 3 Of A Kind was captured live before an audience at Spirit Ranch Recording Studio for a label owned by the lead singer.
Without an internet presence it’s difficult to find more information about Pete. But fortunately, the liner notes are rich regarding sidemen and material. Pete’s backed here by Richard “Doc” Burton on flute and saxophone, Richard Leps on violin, Steve Scott on harmonica, Thorson Moore on electric guitar, Garrett Dawson on drums and Jeffrey Arevalo on bass with Jenni Arevalo on backing vocals.
All of the material feature pleasant, weathered vocals atop a well-balanced instrumental mix that gives everyone space to stretch out. Written almost a century ago during Prohibition, the Mississippi Sheik’s “Bootlegger Blues,” opens the set, featuring Pedro on slide as it stresses: “You gotta make it through this world if you can.” Next up, “Poor Boy” is a bittersweet seven-minute opus penned by Pete, but it addresses the conditions of slaves and, later, men incarcerated at Mississippi’s Parchman Farm prison, describing their torment and hoping that they’ve been looked after from Heaven.
A sprightly cover of Eric Bibb’s “Build A New Home” precedes the original “She Saved My Soul,” an electric blues that features sings praise for a lady who performed her magic out of the goodness of her heart. An airy version of the traditional “Deep Blue Sea,” based on a version by Alvin Youngblood Hart, follows before the original slow-blues cover tune, “3 Of A Kind,” portrays what Pete says is a purely fictional musical family who hand down the tradition from one generation to another.
The music picks up steam for “Not Today,” a loping seven-minute romp about a man named Junior who doesn’t want to work, drinks too much and makes plans, but not much more. It features an extended harp solo. Next up, the band covers “Wish You Could See Me.” Penned by the late Randy Tracy, it’s an interesting tune that plays off the way a man’s viewed with the way he wishes he was.
“Girl On The Hill” follows and describes a true love who breaks the singer’s heart, but still reminds him of the lady he’s with now, while “Blues Is Talkin’” plays off of Howlin’ Wolf’s “Who’s Been Talkin’” as it describes a woman who’s up and gone. Two covers – versions of the Delta Generators’ “Read That Letter” and Betts’ “Blue Sky” – finish the album off.
Available from CDBaby, 3 Of Kind includes some fine picking. And the interesting originals will offer a pleasant diversion for lovers of acoustic blues. - Blues Blast Magazine

"Jazz Blues Florida Review"

Marked another "Never did this before!" off the list, but based on the experience, it will certainly not be the last! A big THANKS out to Jenni for making sure I knew about the event in plenty of time to plan to attend... Drove up to rural Sarasota (closer to Myakka proper, I believe) for recording session at Spirit Ranch. I have heard about this place for years now, and I was not going miss the opportunity to attend a recording session in general, and specifically this one due to the band. And, I had a most excellent experience of live music that will remain a highlight of mu listening career.

What started out as a 25-guest only ($25 ticket of attendance, CD when complete, BBQ (a belly-expanding chow-down excellent experience in itself!) and the camaraderie of good people out in support of great music on a PERFECT Florida day) turned into at least three times that number attending! To accommodate the extra people the recording sessions were split into three and people rotated in/out for the sets. With the music piped outside, it was actually a better thing to be in and out, instead of just in! broadcasted live online so the music was available to anyone that knew.

Spirit Ranch is a big place, not only in the space it occupies and ag-reserve land it overlooks to the west, but in spirit as well. The four-hour visit included a short snooze in the car. A bit of relaxation with the windows and doors open under the mossy Laurel Oak out in the pasture with the breeze coming in across the grazing land was just what the doctor ordered after two big days at the Bonita Blues Fest. Didn't know hardly anyone, but it sure felt I was among friends I just hadn't met yet.

Put me on the list for future notices of recording sessions! I will be there if at all possible!


P.S. Yes, you absolutely right that none of the vids contain a full song... If you like the clip, BUY THE CD!

P.P.S. You want to hear them live? The AP Blues Trio has played 12 years every Saturday afternoon 1-5pm Gilligan's Island Bar ( )on Siesta Key and continue to add new music, guest musicians, and crowds coming in off the streets of the Key. - Jazz Blues Florida

3 of a Kind

Shootout at the Spirit Ranch



A mix of uptempo blues, rock, and originals like you've not heard them before. Generally, performs without a net!
We are a recycled band in Cincinnati, most of which were in Rainmaker, a band around town in the late 90s!
The band leader, Pete Arevalo, and wife Jenni just moved back to the area from Florida. Acoustic Pete Blues Trio played for 14 years on Siesta Key with a large following!

We play blues, rock, Americana, and originals with 3 published albums
recorded at Pete’s past recording studio, the Spirit Ranch, in Sarasota.
They are working on new material to record soon! The band consists of
Pete Arevalo-acoustic guitar, vocals, songwriting; Randy Robinson-guitar, vocals, songwriting; Bruce Focke-bass
(stand up!) and vocals; Rick Schoettmer-percussion, vocals; Jenni Arevalo-vocals.

Band Members