After suffering a heart attack last year, local musician Paul Peterson is back on his feet, and he and collaborator Richard Soliz have a new CD out. No Welcome Mat Here is a collection of 12 fairly standard blues songs, but instead of doing what Peterson calls "we are the world" recording, with a couple of exceptions, it's just him and Soliz.
"One of the challenges in doing a 17-people-on-one-CD project is reproducing it live," he said. Without the 17 musicians, some of the songs can't be played at all. However, during the course of four CD release parties this month—something Peterson is calling the "Poor Man's CD Release Tour" due to free covers at the venues—a handful of musicians will join him on stage, and the whole CD will be performed in order.
Soliz is responsible for the guitar and bass on the album, and Peterson wrote and sings all 15 songs. No Welcome Mat Here is Peterson's seventh release since 1998, and though it doesn't hold any huge surprises, it does offer a couple of standouts. "5,000 Days" is a sweet, Americana, road-trip song, and "Thank God for BB King" is Peterson's ode to the blues masters and the power that commiserating with a really good blues tune has to remind you that, no matter what your circumstances, you're not alone.
Saturday, Jan. 17, 9 p.m., Jumpin' Janet's, 527 S. Vista; Sunday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m., The Bouquet, 1010 W. Main; Monday, Jan. 19, 8 p.m., Ha'Penny, 855 Broad; Wednesday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m., Donnie Mac's, 1515 W. Grove