Guitarist / singer / songwriter Peter Novelli is based in New Orleans and Santo Domingo, D.R. Critics have described the sound of Peter Novelli Band as “a potent combination of New Orleans street rhythms, swampy backbeats, jazzy infusions, and a most sincere and innovative approach to the blues,” and “from slinky zydeco two-steps to stinging blues rock, from winking swamp-boogie to angular Crescent City grooves.”
Novelli’s songwriting has been compared to John Hiatt and Bobby Charles. His vocal style has been compared variously to Delbert McClinton, Bobby Charles, Mose Allison.
Blues Revue said “his blues are sophisticated and creative in a way that so few blues CDs are today. He deserves attention as one of the best storytellers in the blues today.”
Novelli released in 2022, after the pandemia hiatus, two new CDs.
"Further Up The Groove-Santo Domingo" was recorded in Santo Domingo coproduced with Guy Frómeta (drums, formerly with Juan Luis Guerra, Leni Stern, Paquito de Rivera etc). Ten original instrumentals written by Novelli, inspired by the melodies and rhythms that cross-pollinate between New Orleans, Havana and Santo Domingo. Call it Caribbean jazz funk.
"LA431-More Louisiana Roots & Blues" continues Novelli's odyssey into the blues, funk, cajun and zydeco music of Louisiana and particularly New Orleans. It’s the second CD recorded at Friendly Fish Studios in St Amant, LA (Brian Brignac, coproducer and drummer for Sonny Landreth, Wayne Toups, Bobby Charles, Joel Sonnier, Chubby Carrier, etc).
LA431 includes the blues duet “If It Mattered" with Elaine Foster (vocalist with Dr. John, Johnny Adams, BB King, Irma Thomas, Bobby Charles).
St Amant Sessions was also recorded in this studio and included a guest appearance by famed Louisiana slide guitarist Sonny Landreth.
Novelli’s 2nd CD Louisiana Roots & Blues (2012) garnered much acclaim and radio play. With his core rhythm section Darryl White (drums, formerly w/ Tab Benoit and Chris Thomas King), Chris Chew (bass, North Mississippi Allstars), Joe Krown (B3/piano, formerly late Gatemouth Brown), and special guests Chubby Carrier (Grammy-winning zydeco accordionist), Chris Thomas King (lap slide guitar, Grammy “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou”), Shamarr Allen (trumpet), Gordon Minette (piano) and Elaine and Lisa Foster on backing vocals.
Novelli’s debut CD hit the blues/roots charts within a month of release and gathered widespread critical acclaim. His originals, with a few selected covers, made a journey through Louisiana-American roots-blues music. Guests include Dr. John, Paul Barrere, Augie Meyers, the late Gatemouth Brown’s rhythm section, and top Lousiana musicians. The CD includes an historical Tribute To Slim Harpo, with members of Harpo’s band (James Johnson, Rudy Richard) and rare interviews.