Pete Cornelius grew up as far away from the Delta heartland as is almost humanely possible. He’s never picked cotton, never hitched a ride on a freight train, nor traded with the Devil. Not knowingly, anyway. Yet the 32-year-old Tasmanian is one of the most experienced young bluesman in the country, with more live shows and festival appearances, album releases and awards under his belt than most performers twice his age.
From age 6, Pete started studying and writing songs on his parents’ piano in his hometown of St Marys. By 9, he had picked up a guitar, namely, he says because he couldn’t bend those heavy piano strings.
The young gun released his first album “Steppin’ Out In Blue” at 13, and has since released 9 full-length albums. His most recent release “Groundswell” has won many hearts. With a strong New Orleans flavor, it stumbles and rollicks over many nostalgic yet contemporary grooves.
Endorsed by Fender & Gretsch guitars, PW Guitars, Tonerider pickups, ThorpyFX and Selah effects pedals, Pete sure manages to get his guitar to weep and wail!