MP3 Bohemian Knuckleboogie - Digital Daydreams & Innuendo
Mike Pitre gives Bohemian Knuckleboogie its mojo and with "Digital Daydreams & Innuendo," his Texas-Louisiana blues vocals, soulful lyrics, guitar and trumpet, backed by keys and congas, will buzz your buzzer as pure inspiration from the here and now.
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BLUES: Funky Blues, POP: Swamp Pop
Mike Pitre gives Bohemian Knuckleboogie its mojo, with his Texas-Louisiana bayou blues vocals, soulful lyrics and swinging beat. With "Digital Day Dreams & Innuendo," Pitre keeps things rolling atop his trumpet, guitar and vocals; Jeff Orchard''s keys and Santie Huckaby''s congas.
“It’s pure, pristine inspiration presented in the here and now. It’s digital folk music, but it''s all the blues," says Pitre, a Port Arthur, Texas native, who performs as Coffee Picasso,and makes a mean cup of Joe. ''
Pitre''s calling card is a pocket trumpet, which sends audiences swooning when he picks it up to be-bop, swing or samba through a tune.
Pitre’s been working on Bohemian Knuckleboogie over the last several years and says his music has found its spot. He started song writing in the early 1990s while working in New York as a sideman playing straight-ahead jazz at places like the famed Blue Note, Visione’s, and Arthur’s Tavern.
While trying to stay afloat in the uncertain music biz Pitre tapped into the pop scene as a sideman for disco divas Gloria Gaynor and Rozalla. He played to big audiences around the world and fell under the spell of Gloria’s big hit “I Will Survive.” Pitre was also in Rozalla’s horn section and was in her video cover version of the O’Jays'' “I Love Music” and for Al Pacino’s blockbuster movie “Carlito’s Way.”
Despite demand for his horn playing, Pitre felt like a fake aspiring to follow jazz greats in their mold. That began to change while residing in Brooklyn when he worked with Fugees’ producer Jerry Duplessis and met various artists such as Chris Rock who told him to be true to his vision.
Pitre decided to point his bow away from New York, first toward Texas, then San Francisco where Bohemian Knuckeboogie plays its brand of blues and swamp pop at venues like the Boom Boom Room and Rasellas.
Again a popular sideman, Pitre is also playing his trumpet in SF-based bands like Sila and the Afro Funk Experience and Boomshanka. In addition, he’s worked with famed SF blues guitarist Joe Louis Walker, who first nicknamed Pitre “Picasso.” More importantly JLW provided Pitre a chance to be exposed to the Bay Area blues scene.
“Being from Texas, San Francisco has shown me a lot of love. They’ve let me fit in,” said Pitre, who considers his music “the swamp personified.”
On Digital Daydreams & Innuendo, helping Pitre to keep things rolling are San Francisco musicians Jeff Orchard on keys (also laying down the bass line) and Santie Huckaby on congas.
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