JOEY PINTER

Joey Pinter was an American blues singer and musician. His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has influenced later generations of musicians. Pinter's shadowy, poorly documented life and death at age 27 have given rise to much legend. As an itinerant performer who played mostly on street corners, in juke joints and at Saturday night dances, Pinter had little commercial success or public recognition in his lifetime. It was only after the reissue of his recordings in 1961 on the LP, King Of The Delta Blues Singers, that his work reached a wider audience. Wait a second...that was Robert Johnson. Nevermind. It's easy to get those guys confused, sometimes. Joey Pinter was actually one of the best NYC punknroll guitarists of the seventies proto-punk era. No less then punk rock founding father, Peter Crowley of Max's Kansas City has said, that "On a bad night, Joey Pinter was as bad as Johnny Thunders, and on a good night, Johnny Thunders was as good as Joey Pinter". "New York Rocker" called Pinter, "the most exciting guitar player in NYC" in 1976. He was in all kinds of ragtag barbands regularly featured in "Rock Scene Magazine"Alice Cooper, hilariously tried to get Brooklyn born, Joey Pinter to call his band, Brooklyn Dodger, back in the day. He had many glitter era gutter gangs like Fuse, Brooklyn Trash, Pleasure Pirates, and the Dogs, but is perhaps best known for writing the classic "Action" 45, an intensely sought after artifact, with his essential band, the Knots. That particular 45 still sells for between seven hundred and three grand in some circles. Many consider his aggressive stage presence, dangerous guitar playing and catchy songwriting contributions to the Waldos unforgettable landmark LP, "Rent Party" to be a worthy successor, if not superior, in many ways, to the Heartbreaker's own "L.A.M.F." Jungle Records recently reissued "Rent Party" to worldwide fanfare and critical acclaim.http://jungle-records.net/index.php/12-newreleases/95-the-waldos-rent-party Underground legend, Joey Pinter, has shared countless sticky stages with the hottest "big names" of rocknroll royalty, but unlike so many veteran NYC mooks and blowhard, self appointed, pseudo celebrities, he never lost his down to Earth, blue collar coolness or street cred. While so many are lost in the imaginary V.I.P. rooms and backstage mirrors of the long gone past, Pinter tirelessly continues generating a prolific catalog of vivid tunes, here in the present. When Joe Sztabnik and Tony Coiro put that benefit memorial show together to honor Johnny Thunders, it was only fitting that Joey Pinter was drafted to play the explosive Heartbreakers set with Jerry Nolan, Walter Lure, and Tony Coiro. Some major label hotshots were offended they didn't get to play fill-in for Thunders, until with dropdead comic timing, Tony Coiro set 'em straight, barking: "Joey's the only one who can play like that!" He had some lean years, did time for trumped up gun charges. 'Watched a lot of his intimates succumb to death and addiction. 'Been through the showbiz gauntlet of hangers-on and shameless ripoff hustlers. He's endured heartaches, setbacks, health problems, all the usual hardships faced by any authentic Great, who lets the music do the talking. Undeniably, the real deal, the Last Man Standing. Anyone who saw him play alongside Walter Lure, Jeff West, and Tony Coiro in the classic Waldos line-up, fondly remembers a relentless, renegade performer, easily in league with Keith Richards and Mick Ronson. Diehard glam fans agree that only a few survivors like Andy McCoy and Henri Paul Tortosa can even sit at the same bar as Pinter. In recent years, he's been a mentor and guiding light to dozens of enthusiastic fans and younger performers. With significant fan bases in NYC, Detroit, Hollywood, and Chicago, Joey Pinter's songs continue to resonate for new generations of street urchins and blues aficionados. He's a beacon for a lot of people who value his talent, integrity, and blunt honesty. Maybe he's not the King Of The Blues, but he is certainly the living embodiment. One of the most vital and energetic rocknroll heroes left alive, Joey Pinter isn't merely "like" a motherfucker, he is indeed, a motherfucker's motherfucker.  (-Pepsi Sheen)