Pete Molinari

Pete Molinari
The Troubadour
West Hollywood, CA
Words and Photography by Mila Reynaud

Pete Molinari opened for the young Nashville country star Nikki Lane and Jamestown Revival at The Troubadour; both nights were sold out. Pete Molinari joined the Jamestown Revival tour this last November and he will wrap it on December 6th in Austin, TX.  He is also on the US roads supporting his latest (4th) album “Theosophy” out on Cherry Red Records. The 13 tracks feature the Black Key’s Dan Auerbach and Barrie Cadogan (Primal Scream).  ”Theosophy” is clearly more psyche 60′s, sonic, and full of spiritual reflections.

I first saw Pete playing at the Satellite pre-party opening for the Desert Star Festival 2014 and it was there that I had received a “coup de foudre”. For all of you who never heard about the chic troubadour from Kent, Pete Molinari is a brilliant singer, songwriter and composer. He’s a folk blues modernist from the UK, having grown up in Chatham where he was discovered and mentored by Billy Childish.

Pete’s polished style is a reminiscence that comes from the 60s, poetry worthy of the folk Greenwich Village. His honed voice is a medley of Bob Dylan, The Everly Brothers and Roy Orbison, with a contemporary vintage shape. I can mention Kerouac and Woody Guthrie for his influences by the way. He is considered the actual British Folk singer “numero uno”!

Pete (hat, harmonica and acoustic Gibson guitar) has the coolest elegant and charismatic stage presence, chatting as well in his thick Kent accent. He mentioned his references to the Beatles, John Lennon, longtime guest at the Troubadour, and his performance with Yoko Ono last year during the closing concert of Yoko Ono’s Meltdown Festival in London. Yoko handpicked Pete to sing the Lennon songs “Woman” and “(Just Like) Starting Over” along with her band.

Tonight’s performance was an intimate acoustic set and Pete’s voice sounded “a la perfection”.  The Troubadour does have an astounding sound. Nikki Lane and her band joined Pete for “I Don’t Like The Man That I Am” and for the auto reverse, Pete joined Nikki Lane for a duet on her song “Loves On Fire” playing his Rickenbacker guitar. The crowd looked seduced and the set was well received. As Nikki Lane mentioned on stage, Pete is an exceptional talent. I highly recommend picking up a copy of “Theosophy”. It’s really invigorating!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Pete Molinari
Cherry Red
Nikki Lane
Jamestown Revival
Mila Reynaud