Peter Mulvey has spent twenty-odd years on the road, performing songs from his own catalog and from a vast, varied, and deep well of classic and obscure covers. Night after night, the process of divining the heart of a song and being alert to where the moment can lead, has shaped him as an artist. To each rendition, he brings the soul of a singer, a light touch in a heavy world. Recorded in just three days at Signature Sounds Studios in CT, The Good Stuff is a sequence in which a bluesy take on the Ellington classic “Mood Indigo” is sandwiched between Tom Waits’ obscure “Green Grass,” lovingly relocated from the guttural, and a charmingly haphazard rendition of Jolie Holland’s “Old Fashioned Morphine”. This triptych represents not so much the diversity of songwriting on the record as the commonality. “I’d put those three artists in the same drawer in the big bureau of songwriters,” says Mulvey. “They’re from different eras, and considered different animals -- jazz composer, bohemian beat poet, Americana revivalist -- but to my ear they’re the same, in that they’re always trying to write a timeless song.” www.myspace.com/petermulvey
“Peter Mulvey is all substance, which is his style.”- The Boston Globe.