The latest album IRON STONE & STEEL released December 20th 2014
The second pressings have almost sold out! Thank you to all who have purchased the album, it’s getting great reviews from the most important people, YOU! I’m so thrilled to receive the feedback and kind words, Easier to Breathe seems to be the stand-out song. It tells of a coal-miner looking back over his life, reflecting on easier times but in a positive way – he had a meaningful job, a place in community and a secure home to raise his family! ‘It’s work that gives a man his pride’.
For now I’m sticking with my plan to only make the CD available for direct purchase on-line or at gigs. It’s an album and works well when listened to in it’s entirity. Music is becoming so disposable thanks to the internet, some true words spoken by Gene Simmons of Kiss recently on Radio 2.
There are chances coming up to hear the album tracks performed by Pete Watkins solo and also with The Originals.
A follow up album is underway which will continue in the style of Iron Sone & Steel. Brand new songs are being written and will blend with some set favourites including Lost at Sea and App for That. Also I’m thinking to include an acoustic arrangement of Something Really Crazy Going On, this song has a long history, I wrote it when Madness and ska music appeared on the scene at the rear end of the punk and new wave. Somewhere I have old recordings from the Sandman Club in Port Talbot. The club is no longer there! The band was called G.P.I. (General Paralysis of the Insane – a symptom of tertiary syphilis). We were lucky to make a fiver for the gigs when the bouncers didn’t nick our doortake! Happy days! I had a heavy duty mic stand which doubled as protection as we reloaded the van. The song evokes a feeling of the old ‘smoky’ clubs where we would listen to great bands and have a few beers and then a few beers more…
Iron Stone and Steel features Pete on guitar and vocal and bass from Gordon Raitt, Gary Warmington and Colin Baker.
The NEW album – IRON STONE AND STEEL is now available! Can only be purchased at gigs or by mail-order. The album features 10 original songs.
Pete Watkins songs draw on life experiences and observations, melodic tunes with captivating lyrics.
In the early days Pete’s material was performed and recorded by bands in South Wales, The Reaction, The Steps and Number Nine Blast. During this time there were many radio performances, an extensive live gig circuit and several recording sessions, including one at the famous BBC Radio Maida Vale Studios in London, the songs from which were played on Radio 1 shows including the John Peel Show. Some of these songs appear on the Pete Watkins album ‘Madness In My Method’, a selection of songs written for The Reactions and The Steps. There are occasional reunion performances by Number Nine Blast and The Steps
Listen to some of Pete’s Music:
Memphis to Yazoo was commissioned for a Blues Radio show.