Originally from Wales, as a child Al' moved to Liverpool and settled there for many years where he found his passion for music. He later moved to the other side of the Mersey and set up home in the small seaside town of Hoylake, where he resides to this day.
It was in Liverpool and Hoylake that Al' developed into a much respected Blues musician. From his first Liverpool band in 1964 'The Almost Blues' to his current solo act 'The Bluesman' he has been a member of many great bands such as 'Supercharge' and '29th & Dearborn' playing various styles from blues to funk. Al' even started a band with Mick Hucknall of 'Simply Red' called 'The Lawnmower' in 1982.
Later he branched out from just performing and set up his own recording studio, 'Square One Studios' from 1980- 87 during which time he went on to perform with and manage, then Liverpool poet, Craig Charles (Red Dwarf, Robot Wars).
Al to this day performs regularly at venues across the country and continues to release tracks on CD and Mp3 under his home grown label 'Groovin' Records'.
Liverpool based musician having played the original Cavern, supporting the likes of Stevie Wonder, Rufus Thomas, Doris Troy, The Exciters,etc
Supported The Who, Spencer Davis, Ferris Wheel etc at Mountford Hall, Liverpool University.
Erics Club supporting Rockin Dopsie & Queen Ida etc...and more....
Bands include The Almost Blues, Liverpool Scene with Adrian Henri,Supercharge,29th & Dearborn, The Love Ponies, The Opposition, The Lawnmower, Willard & the Poor Boys, and now The Bluesman.
29th & Dearborn signed to Chappell Music in 1976 but was KOd and dropped by EMI when the Sex Pistols Anarchy in the UK struck during McClarens Great Rock & Roll Swindle.
The album recorded by Dearborn for EMI has been traced and will be released in the near future on Groovin Records.
Recently worked the new Cavern Club with the Merseyside R&B Volunteers performing benefits for people devastated by Hurricane Katrina with New Orleans musicians Joe Sunseri and Cranston Clemence.
Worked with Mick Hucknall when Roger Eagle was his manager recording a double album of the Frantic Elevators.
Managed Craig Charles(the Wordsmith) during the early 1980s as well as running Square One Studios that recorded the likes of The Mighty Wah!, The Icicle Works, Its Immaterial, Echo & the Bunnymen, Adrian Henri, Craig Charles etc and many more.....
Presently working solo as AL Willard Peterson The Bluesman with a new CD Single release on my own label Groovin Records called Liverpool Blues (Groove 08) depicting my divorce from Bliars New Labour Party.
Liverpool Blues can be downloaded by clickin on ALs image on the Groovin Records Website.
Gigs at the moment are mainly private affairs but will be doin far more with public access after the Smokin Ban comes in on July 1st......stay tuned....
Dearborn gig to be confirmed at the Academy Liverpool in November.
Check Out www.groovinrecords.co.uk