And with nine studio albums under his belt and countless high-profile fans picked up along the way (including Rumer, REM’s Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner and Son Volt’s Jay Farrar and more recently John Murry) it’s about time one of the UK’s most consistent songwriters released a career retrospective.
It all started back in 1995 when Peter signed to Almo Sounds, where his label-mates included Gillian Welch and Garbage. He made two albums for the label: Cannibal and Camelot in Smithereens.
Grammy-winning Peter Smith (Sting/Squeeze), who produced the debut Cannibal, still cites it as “one of the topthree records I’ve worked on”.
In 1999 Peter signed to Warner Brothers imprint, Slowriver/ Rykodisc and released ‘Normal For Bridgwater’. This was to be his biggest commercial success and a record that won him wider acclaim in North America. By 2005, The Independent were calling him “one of the finest songwriters in Britain” and Richmond Fontaine’s front man Willy Vlautin called him his favourite singer.
The 2009 release, Peter And The Murder Of Crows, found reviewers and fans alike comparing him with Nick Drake and John Martyn. It was one of Q magazine’s Albums Of The Year and was an Americana Album Of The Month in MOJO Magazine.Last year he released ‘Retrospective’, featuring tracks from all his albums to date.
> Catch The Peter Bruntnell band at The Ent Shed , Saturday, October 25, with support from Dan Raza. Tickets £10 on the door.