RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 19, 2018 hard-working, hard-driving contemporary blues band, Peter V Blues Train, has been tearing
up the airwaves and the touring routes since their formation in 2013. The veterans of the NY and
NJ scene hit us once again with their remarkable second album of 2018 “Shaken But Not
Deterred.” The nine original tracks and four fresh covers recorded by Joseph DeMaio at Shorefire

Recording Studios, are a sophisticated blend of modern blues with jazz and funk overtones that
prove the band means business. The quartet is led by guitar man and vocalist Peter Veteska, aka
Peter V, a native of the projects in rough-and-tumble Bushwick, Brooklyn. He is backed by Alex
D’Agnese on drums, Sean “Gravey” Graverson on bass and Aron Gornish on keys and joined by a
few special friends, including Jeff Levine (B3) and Danny Walsh (sax), to bolster the sound and
add fun and fire to an already potent mix.

Drummer Alex D’Agnese introduces the opening track, ‘Don’t Wanna Leave Memphis,’ with a
classic shuffle groove that builds to a powerful triplet fill that brings in the band and boldly
declares this band knows how to swing and rock steady. Peter V names a few of his heroes from
the home of the blues and his love for Beale Street that grew deeper after representing the
Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation at the International Blues Challenge, while sax man Danny
Walsh spars with Jeff Levine on the Hammond B3. The crew then rips out a bump and grind
arrangement of Fats Domino’s ‘Blue Monday,’ updating the New Orleans standard with a
muscular punchy beat and gritty guitar. Written by Peter V and Joanne Cesario, ‘By The River,’

previously released as the opening track on their 2017 album “On Track
,” is revisited and refined
here by colorful guitar from Bob DelRosso and a sweet remix from DeMaio that brings out the
funky groove but still retains the blues underbelly. Peter V drew inspiration for his emotional
delivery from soul singer Donny Hathaway for the oft recorded ‘For All We Know,’ added to the
lexicon by kicking up the fire and playing the 1934 ballad like a south side dirty blues.
The slinky ‘In Demand,’ is a slow burning hunk of funk that has Peter V begging at the feet of his
best girl. Blues standard ‘T Bone Shuffle’ is reinvented as a heavy Chicago shuffle featuring more
hot lead guitar and organ solos. D’ Agnese’s heavy bass drum foot and a gritty riff creates a
distinctly modern feel on the heady track ‘Alibi,’ before the band delivers some good oldfashioned rock ‘n’ roll for the barnstorming ‘Don’t Cheat On My Lady.’ Peter V lays out his
bluesman manifesto declaring “This is who I am, not what I chose to be,” on ‘Rodeo. (No BS),’
and repeating “this is a blues show, not some rodeo,” passionately driving his point home. Gary
Neuwirth adds hot blues harp and powerhouse vocalist from the Jersey shore, Vanessa Vause,
trades verses with Peter V on the saucy duet ‘Getting Closer Now.’ Paul Levinsky sits in as the
funky drummer for the hip-hop influenced east coast blues update ‘Been So Long.’ The title track,
‘Shaken But Not Deterred,’ is a jagged time-shifting blues rocker that has influences from Albert
Collins and fellow New York shouter Popa Chubby. The live-in-the-studio acoustic duet of the
blues chestnut ‘Worried Life Blues,’ tagged as a “bonus track,” closes out the set as a delicious

This strong second release of 2018, “Shaken But Not Deterred,” will no doubt follow in the
footsteps of their third album,
Running Out Of Time,” keeping The Peter V Blues Train high on
the charts and is sure to receive glowing reviews while maintaining the bands presence in the
vibrant original East Coast blues scene.


Betsie Brown, Blind Raccoon,