Born out of the South Shore, Special Guests is the product of talented writers, musicians, and engineers primarily from in and around Boston. Al Pechulis of Peach Productions started Special Guests as a way to get his and his friends’ music played and produced. The result are now several albums featuring a who’s who of Boston rock, jazz, and folk musicians including local legends: Larry Harvey –Drums, Tony Betancourt – Guitar, and Frank Withey (deceased.)
Recently, music from Special Guests and Peach Productions has made appearances on radio stations in Western Massachusetts, Boston local radio, and plays perhaps more frequently on international radio. In the spring of 2012, Special Guests was featured live on air on WBZ Radio 1030 AM. The song featured was an acoustic track “Long Time Miles” featuring Craig Carter, Andrea Auger, and Al Pechulis.
Perhaps the most interesting part about Special Guests is that the music released on their albums crosses various genres and sounds. Because the music crosses so many boundaries that define an artist’s music, there’s really something for just about everyone on a Special Guest’s album.
The latest release from the studio is described as a “Smokin’ blues song about passion and obsession…” The sultry feel of the ambiance overwhelms and drags the listener in to the song’s carnal tendencies. Vocalist Steve Baker builds intensity in the song gradually adding to the bluesy feel with a loose and charged “smokey” timbre.
Encapsulating the blues is an uncharacteristic but significant mood altering ethereal atmospheric guitar, effected brass, and unique percussion sounds that make the song drop back out to the silence it originated from.
All in all, this is what makes Special Guest Albums great. They marry exceptional musicianship with brilliant engineering and production using a group of exactly the amount of people they need. Keep a look out for Special Guests on your radio dial and try out some of their music available on iTunes, CD Baby, and many other music sales outlets.