All the best bluesmen come with a backstory, and at 46, Petit has walked a winding path to the head of the modern scene.
By the early-’90s, the bluesman’s love of the British boomers had lured him to the epicentre – London – for a period whose dazzling highs were offset by desperate lows. Collaboration and friendship with musicians including Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Mick Jones and David Gilmour should have been his springboard, yet as the drugs flowed, Petit floundered, losing his momentum to addiction and dangling his talent by a thread. “It got to basically living on the street,” he recalled. “It was the blues that saved me. There was a moment when the choice was pretty clear: ‘Am I just going to be a drug addict and is my passion going to be washed down the toilet…?’”
True to his word, this is a man on a mission. And in 2016, with Petit returning from double-headlining with blues-rock titan Walter Trout “The reason I’m on the planet is to play blues guitar,” Petit told BBC News. “I’m on a mission to spread the word about the blues and about the guitar – especially to young music lovers.”
He has released five albums to critical and commercial acclaim, been featured numerous times on BBC Radio 2’s The Paul Jones Show and The Bob Harris Show, including live sessions, and collaborates with Eric Clapton, Ron Wood, Mick Taylor, The Black Keys and Dr. John to name but a few. Stephen is currently recording album number six, release date March 2018.
See this guy in the flesh and let his guitar soul wash over you for one night only
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