This is a debut release from a New York based singer/songwriter who proves that age is no barrier to following your dreams. Peter Blachley is in his 50s and has led a colourful and varied life before entering the studio to record these ten songs. They are reflections of a life well lived and the lessons learned along the way, and they visit the enduring power of love, past relationships, old friends, mortality and redemption.
Produced by Felix McTeigue and featuring a group of experienced musicians, the overall feel is of gentle arrangements and understated playing. Salvation Songs remembers Blachley’s Vietnam experiences, but is equally relevant to any war. Love Is Eternal deals with bereavement and the way each of us processes the passing of a loved one. The title track closes proceedings in fine style with a big sky production in praise of the Great Plains and a vocal that brings the late John Stewart to mind. This is a fine effort overall.