Peter McGraw

Peter McGraw

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Peter has a tremendous reputation in the Blues community, particularly in Canada. Over his varied career he has performed with legendary musicians, and his giant voice has been featured alongside Paul Butterfield, Goldy McJohn and Donnie Walsh, among a long list of others.

Biography

Peter McGraw is a consummate interpreter of Blues with a giant voice that is unmistakable throughout the Blues Community. Starting in the mid-60’s in Toronto Canada, Peter’s vocals took off like a rocket. One has only to scan the past to find it full of his notable work with some of the best of the best, such as STEPPENWOLF, LITTLE JOHN & THE FRIARS, THE DIPLOMATS, DIAMONDBACK, SOUTHERN PACIFIC, SMOKED MEAT, and on and on.

Peter was a lead singer for THE DIPLOMATS, along with the late great Bobby McBride, performing in Southern Ontario. In 1970 his big voice took him to JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR for a successful run at the International Hilton in Las Vegas. He followed that gig with another as lead singer in CANADIAN ROCK THEATRE and, ultimately, an album for MGM records.

In 1973, Peter returned to Canada, joining DIAMONDBACK to record an album, which received critical acclaim. Three years later he formed SOUTHERN PACIFIC along with Goldy McJohn (Steppenwolf) and guest star, Paul Butterfield. This amazing group made three national tours over the next two years. The following year Peter joined STEPPENWOLF for their national tour, adding his stellar vocals to the famous band. In 1980 he formed the band SMOKED MEAT with Ralph Cole and Paul Hoffert of Lighthouse and that year Peter also began working in television production both behind the stage and on it for over 20 years. Peter was a founding member of SUPER-SESSION, a group of professional singers that performed on CBC-TV for over ten years. During the run of this time he worked with such talent as: Eddie Kendrick of The Temptations, David Clayton Thomas of Blood, Sweat & Tears, Randy Bachman of The Guess Who and legendary groups like The Byrds and Motherload.

Peter is now the front man of his own blues band, and has released two incredible albums, ‘FOLLOW ME TO THE BLUES’ and ‘MORE MCGRAW’ both with a rich sound and feel. Peter has a tremendous reputation in the Blues community, particularly in Canada. Over his varied career he has performed with legendary musicians, and his giant voice has been featured alongside the late great Paul Butterfield, Goldy McJohn and Donnie Mr Downchild Walsh, among a long list of others.

In 2000 Peter released his first solo album ‘Follow me to the Blues’ to rave reviews of Blues enthusiasts. In 2008 he came back with ‘More McGraw’ this time with more of his own creations of never-before heard authentic Blues material.

Today Peter McGraw’s Blues Band features his longtime friend Michael McKenna (Mainline, Luke & the Apostles) on Lead Guitar. Audiences are treated to a special brand of entertainment as Peter feeds off his outstanding band, and in turn his raw emotional performances motivate his band to even greater musical moments.

Discography

LITTLE JOHN AND THE FRIARS
1963-1965

THE DIPLOMATS
with Bob McBride (Lighthouse) 1965-1968

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR This group after Vegas became CANADIAN ROCK THEATRE and recorded an album with MGM Records in Los Angeles 1970 - 1971

DIAMONDBACK Blues Band
with Michael McKenna and Scott Cushnie 1974-1976 (Warner Brothers)

SOUTHERN PACIFIC Rock Blues Band
with Goldie McJohn (Steppenwolf) and Paul Butterfield 1976-1978

SMOKED MEAT Rock Blues Band 1980-1985

DIAMONDBACK Blues Band 2000 - 2008
album '1974' Released 2008 (Pacemaker Entertainment Ltd.)

PETER MCGRAW BLUES BAND
'Follow Me To The Blues' Featuring Donnie Walsh (Downchild Blues Band)Released 2008 (Blues Destiny Records)

'More McGraw' Featuring Donnie Walsh (Downchild Blues Band) Released 2009 (Blues Destiny Records)