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Peter Bruntnell


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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom (1995 – present)

Peter Bruntnell (born 26 January 1962 in Wellington, New Zealand) is a British singer–songwriter. His musical style is sometimes referred to as Americana, although it has also been described as country rock and alternative country.

Bruntnell’s family is originally from Wales; his family moved to New Zealand when his father was sent to work at the British High Commission in Wellington for four years. The family returned to the UK when Bruntnell was one year old and settled in Kingston upon Thames. Later, Bruntnell also lived in Vancouver, Canada for a time.

In the early 1990s, Bruntnell formed the band Milkwood, although he soon reverted to solo work and recordings with Matt Backer and Felix Harper as The Peter Bruntnell Combination.

Bruntnell’s debut album, “Cannibal”, was released in 1995 under the name The Peter Bruntnell Combination. He recorded his second album (and first solo album), “Camelot in Smithereens” in 1997, before moving to the Slow River label for his 1999 album “Normal for Bridgwater”. The album was highly recommended by VH1’s Bill Flanagan and by Rolling Stone’s John Luerssen, and such recommendations helped to establish Bruntnell with American audiences. The “Normal for Bridgwater” album was recorded with the help of musicians from Son Volt, a band with whom Bruntnell has toured regularly in the United States.

In 2013, Loose Music released Brutnell’s “Retrospective” album, featuring music from all of his albums to date. The album was preceded by a single and accompanying video of a re-recording of the song “Played Out”, featuring Rumer.


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