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LIVING LEGENDS TRIBUTE - DAVE PEVERETT AND ROD PRICE


Lonesome Dave Peverett
April 16, 1943 – February 7, 2000
Lonesome Dave Peverett first gained attention as leader of The Cross Ties Blues Band, then served a stint with Swiss rock group Les Questions. From there, he returned to Britain and joined Savoy Brown, who had already established themselves with their “Shake Down” album.
While Savoy Brown leaned heavily toward the experimental blues side, Peverett’s original influences were Bill Haley, Gene Vincent, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Little Richard and so forth. Chuck Berry was the key that unlocked the world of blues. Once he found out Berry was influenced by Muddy Waters, it caused him to check out the blues. Peverett combined high energy rock ‘n’ roll - like Jerry Lee Lewis, Vincent and James Brown - with the blues.

In early 1971, he decided to strike out on his own, taking Savoy Brown bassist Tony Stevens and drummer Roger Earl with him. With the recruitment of Rod Price (another London blues player) on lead guitar, the new group began to stir interest.

Foghat was a radio staple in the '70s and '80s, producing such hits as “Fool For The City,” “Slow Ride” and “I Just Wanna Make Love To You,” but was best known for their energetic live shows. The 1977 album Foghat Live, which peaked at Number Eleven on The Billboard 200, went double-platinum. Foghat reunited for various albums and tours in the years that followed.

Peverett believed in the lyrics of rock ‘n’ roll. Some called it garbage music, while others just referred to it as loud meaningless music. But the blues confirmed why Lonesome Dave liked it. To Dave, good rock ‘n’ roll is honesty.

Rod Price
November 22, 1947 - March 25, 2005
The pubs and clubs of London in the late sixties produced a handful of legendary guitar players forging their own style in the blues/rock circuit:  Eric Clapton, Peter Green and John Mayall. During that same time, Rod Price was in the process of creating his own sound with his unique blend of slide- and blues-based playing when he was plucked from the London music scene by ex-Savoy Brown alumni to become a founding member of Foghat. Thirty years, three platinum and eight gold albums later Foghat, propelled by the sheer power of Rod's lead/slide guitar, has no doubt become one of the most successful British bands to hit American soil and have truly made their mark on music history.
In addition to his playing with Foghat, Price worked with Champion Jack Dupree, Duster Bennett, Eddie Kirkland, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon and Honey Boy Edwards.

Price’s two solo CDs, Open and West Four, allowed Rod to expand his quite capable songwriting abilities and showcase his reputation as “the magician of slide". There are guitar players, and then there are legends burning their own paths with their unique sound that stretches beyond technical capability. Rod Price expanded such style and technical ability with both heart and refinement.

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