Guitar Player is pleased to present the exclusive premiere of U.K. singer-songwriter Pete Molinari’s video for his new single, “Waiting for a Train,” out today. The song is from his forthcoming album, Just Like Achilles, co-produced by Linda Perry and Bruce Witkin for We Are Hear, the combination label/publishing/management company Perry co-founded with fellow multi-platinum producer Kerry Brown.
Shot live in Capitol’s Studio A in Los Angeles, the video finds Molinari recording “Waiting for a Train” with an all-star group of musicians. They include multi-Platinum producer and musician Don Was (Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, John Mayer), famed keyboard player Mike Garson (David Bowie, Smashing Pumpkins, Prince) and Wallflowers band member Jakob Dylan, who is also executive producer of Echo in the Canyon, the 2018 documentary about the Byrds, the Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and the Mamas & the Papas, who birthed the beginnings of the Laurel Canyon music scene in the 1960s.
Molinari explains that the video for “Waiting for a Train” was conceived by Perry. “The idea came about the first day I met Linda and when she decided to sign me to her label and publishing company, We Are Hear. She said, ‘You know what? You are different, and a lot of your appeal — other than the music — is the way you dress. We need to make a film in a grand place and invite guests to sing your songs with you.’ That idea grew from a small seed into an oak tree.
“The next day,” Molinari continues, “she called me and said, ‘We are going to Capital Studios and doing this with Don Was. I’ve invited Jakob, Evan [Rachel Wood] and Ronnie [Spector] and a whole other list of class-A studio musicians. Make a list of who you wanna invite.’ ” (Actress/musician Wood and singer Spector, whose long career began in the 1960s with the Ronettes, are featured in other live studio session videos for songs off Just Like Achilles.)
“As luck had it, I also had Jakob on my list,” Molinari says. “He’s a great musician, a real gent and has a beautiful way with a song. Great phrasing. He added something to this version I love that’s more emotional than the studio version in ways.”
Molinari’s influences are eclectic and range from musicians like Leadbelly and Hank Williams to prolific authors like Jack Kerouac. He has both played with and been recognized by acclaimed artists such as Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, Peaches, Boy George, Siouxsie Sioux and Bruce Springsteen.