Born in Kingston, Jamaica on October 4, 1936 Big Pete Pearson landed in Phoenix, Arizona in the 1950’s by way of Austin,Texas. He was raised by his grandmother in St. John’s Baptist community just outside Austin. His grandfather was a minister and grandmother was a missionary. Big Pete was only 9 years of age when he gave his first performance at a local bar. He was a regular at juke joints such as the Victory Grill, Charlie’s Playhouse, Big Mary’s Bar & Grille, Ernie’s Chicken Shack and Sam’s Showcase. “Playing in these juke joints was dangerous, real dangerous”, says Pete.
“But I played them anyway and those were my growing up years.” Big Pete has not left the stage since and is a veteran performer / song writer of 67 years and has been on countless festivals and club stages throughout the world.
Over the years Big Pete has worked with legends such as Ray Charles, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Tina and IkeTurner, Etta James, Aaron Neville and the Neville Brothers, Koko Taylor, Gate Mouth Brown, Johnny Ace, T.D. Bell, Big Mama Thornton, T-Bone Walker, Screaming’ J. Hawkins, Big Pinetop Perkins, Joey Defrancesco, Buddy Guy, Bobby Blue Bland, Janiva Magnesws, Erbbie Bowser, Blues Boy Hubbard, Candye Kane and an endless array of others.
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