Born in Minnesota to farming parents who whistled while they worked, Baby went from farm-hand, to amateur boxing prospect to acting protégé, before health problems took two years of his adolescence. Earning his High School diploma from a hospital bed, Baby soon went on to study rhythm and blues at sordid honky-tonks, jukes joints and dive bars throughout the Midwest. Befriending a guitar slick and distant relation of Tom T. Hall changed his life. He soon took on a guitar apprenticeship in Oldham Country, KY, learning a combination of steel string sliding, front porch sitting, and tobacco spittin’. This led him to his god-given purpose – crooning country music.Hustling around Nashville lead him to meeting Country Club drummer Jeff Dineley,who soon invited him to Canada. Settling in Yellowknife, NT, the Country Club wasrounded out by the punctuated piano playing of Mary Kelly, fervent fiddling Mark Rendell, and perspicacious bass pluckin of Paul Cressman. The Country Club sings country tunes in the classic tradition, from where they stand.
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"Big-haired, large-'burned, leather-clad, baby-faced frontman Peter "Howlin' Pete" Cormier and the rest of his fresh, stylish, rockabilly crew" are setting the rockabilly scene on fire and hearts all a-flutter - Mike Bell, Calgary Herald
“Peter & the Wolves, a gang of young bucks from the wilds of Bowness, aim to bring their signature, swing-infused rockabilly to stages across Alberta. Barely 21, frontman Peter Cormier already has an amazing presence and confidence in his vocals and guitar playing. Backed by another qualified newbie, bassist Theo Waite, and a drummer rooted in the rockabilly scene, the trio is setting out to showcase a sound many listeners never had a chance to hear firsthand. They’ve just started work on their first studio recordings, and hope to release a debut album sometime in the near future. Cormier, a tremendous jailhouse rock’n’roll guitar slinger follows the same path paved by Duane Eddy, Eddie Cochrane and Brian Setzer and. Fans of these legends will not be disappointed.” — Jodi Brak, Beat Route 2014
Deep in the wilds of Calgary, nestled along the river valley, lies the suburban outpost of Bowness. Following the Second World War, veterans moved in and carved out a rough ’n’ ready hepcat culture of their own— the hotel bar and beauty parlour, the pool hall and ice cream store, angle parking filled with four door sedans while rat rods roamed down the main drag on Saturday night gave it all the markings of a small town serenade lying just beyond the bright city lights. Generations later, community pride is sewn on the sleeves of its residents along with “I Love Bowness” bumper stickers slapped on the back of beat up Subarus and Honda Civics.
Out of this big heart hideaway comes Peter and the Wolves, a fresh-faced rockabilly outfit shaped by their forefathers’ rowdy, unstoppable urge to shake it up. Led by Howlin’ Pete Cormier, the Wolves were playing the bar scene while half its members were still in high school. Pete flashed his guitar and lady-killer good looks, as Theo dug deep into his stand-up and Paul cranked out soul-scorching keyboard solos. Elvis, Eddy Cochrane and CCR were mixed in with House of the Rising Son and Rock Lobster. Sweat dripped from their brow and soaked their sharkskin suits; they pulverized the room and left them panting for more.
More comes in the full-grown form of Miss Cherry Kisses, the Wolves’ dynamo, tattooed, glamour queen who provides the finesse from behind the kit. When she joined the band, the Wolves went on the prowl. Rockabilly with an infectious R&B groove, heartful of twang ’n’ soul, four-on-the rock ’n’ roll wrapped around Howlin’ Pete’s honey-coated vocals and little boy smile that leaves them cryin’ in the aisles. Today Bowness; tomorrow the world. – Brad Simm 2016