Artist info



Sounds like

Johnny Cash, Bo Diddley, Johnny Burnette

band members

Pete Cullen Singer/Songwriter


Johnny Cash, Howlin' Wolf, Jon Spencer


After discussing the relative merits of Professor Longhair’s rhumba rhythms and The Upsetters One drop drum beat, it only took a few beers and the exchange of couple of mix tapes before Pete Cullen got together with SBS’ Rockwiz band and had a rocksteady plan to make a record. This is how Pete Cullen’s new album ‘Tom Whisky Blues’ was born. Composed and self-produced by Cullen the album was to be recorded old school; no clicks, no edits but rather soul, swagger and sweat. Pete Luscombe (Rockwiz, Paul Kelly) said “It was a case of have a quick chat about the approach and then, "roll tape"..."lunch!" The record was tracked in two days; the sounds and vibe created are as good to listen to, as they were to create. The Rockwiz band line-up also includes James Black (Mondo Rock, The Black Sorrows) and Mark Ferrie (The Models, The Sacred Cowboys). Drawing from the sounds of the 1950’s Cullen is able to create cinematic storylines. Coffee House tells the story of a gambling cowboy, whose indecision is “laced with the bitter pill of regret”. Howling Wolf has a 1950’s Be Bopper whose innocence is stolen away by the sound and adventure of Rock N Roll. Based in Noosa Heads, Pete Cullen is the former frontman of the Brisbane blues/rock band The Daybridges and is no foreigner to the big stage. With Triple J high rotation with The Daybridgers, Pete has shared major stages with the likes of You Am I and Spiderbait.