Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost

Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost

Pete Berwick: The Cowpunk Pioneer

Sat, April 6, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Brauer House

Lombard, IL

$5.00 - $7.00

This event is 21 and over

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Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost
Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost
The Godfather of South St. Louis, backed by a band of rock and roll headhunters.

Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost is a group of raw rockers backing the godfather of the St. Louis scene. Bob began playing rock and roll when in early 1966, while the memory of it's founding practitoners were still very fresh. He went on through a long series of garage rock, punk and soul bands. In 2009, while in the hospital Bob was visited by a Mat Wilson, a fan of Bob's radio show, Bob's Scratchy Records. The two shared their stories and Wilson decided the time was right for Bob's rediscovery. Big Muddy label head Chris Baricevic enlisted the help of Mat to co-produce a record what would re-introduce Bob to the world and to the younger generation coming up. Musicians were pulled from the roster of Big Muddy's bands and "Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost" was created on reel-to-reel in Bob's kitchen. The folk-punk-folk tinged album was released locally to warm reception. The project was successful and Bob was awarded the Riverfront Times' "Best Songwriter of 2010."

After a change of members, the band moved in a more electric rocking direction, while still making it's main focus the presentation of Bob's many original songs but in a more sweat-drenched proto-punk sound and has recorded a new record entitled "Born There." The band tours the Midwest and the South in an effort to introduce Bob and his music to the world!
Pete Berwick: The Cowpunk Pioneer
Pete Berwick: The Cowpunk Pioneer
Berwick's journey began in Illinois in the mid seventies, hammering out irreverant country, roots rock and reckless honky tonk rave ups night after night to anyone in the midwest who cared to listen. Then after after almost fifteen years of non stop performing he headed to Nashville with a fistful of songs and the clothes on his back. By the time Berwick arrived in the music city, Steve Earle was on his way to jail and Jason & the Scorchers had broken up. Signed by an up and coming independent record label in the heart of music row, Berwick was heralded by many in town as the one to run with the cowpunk gauntlet left at the roadside. After years of belting it out in biker bars and nowhere dives, Pete now found himself opening shows for Charlie Daniels, Doug Kershaw, and other musical legends. He was invited to make cameo appearances in music videos by The Kentucky Headhunters and Travis Tritt, and also appeared on a commercial for Monday night Football. But as fast as luck goes up in Nashville, it comes down even faster. The promising record deal went bust, but not before the recording of the critically acclaimed "Ain't No Train Outta Nashville." Recorded in Waylon Jennings old studio, The album was shelved in 1991 due to contractual disputes and economic hardships. Disgusted with the politics of the music industry, Pete bought several acres of land fourty miles east of Nashville and resigned to shooting his guns, writing some of the songs that would become his third album "Just Another Day In Hell" and working at the local factory.

Berwick later moved back to his hometown in northern Illinois, and free from the publishing and other legal disputes tying up the album, he released "Ain't No Train Outta Nashville" on his own label in 2007. From there it shot to #5 on Cross Country Satellite Radio and #20 on The Roots Music Report Charts, and the title song appeared in Paramount Pictures "The Thing Called Love" starring River Phoenix. Prior to releasing "Ain't No Train Outta Nashville" Berwick recorded and released also on his own label "Only Bleeding" with Brian Wilson bassist Bob Lizic, and as the critical acclaim started pouring in, he hit the road once more in support of both albums.

After thirty years of belting out his sweat soaked ballads and rockers in bars and clubs, and thousands of shows and two albums later he delivered his third recording, "Just another Day In Hell", co-produced with Jason Botka and Mike Kozitka at Skye Bleu Studios In Villa Park, Illinois. An eighteen song epic of non fictional tales which colorfully and often brutally describes the trials and hardships left behind on the long hard trail, "Just Another Day In Hell" is Pete Berwick's biography and heart and soul worn on his tattered sleeve. From shattered relationships, broken dreams and drug abuse, to prison walls and battles with angels and demons, this is as real as it gets. Pete's rough and ready vocals spit out stark tales of heartache, pain and redemption, and just like life, the endings aren't always pretty.
Venue Information:
Brauer House
1000 N Rohlwing Road #13
Lombard, IL, 60148