In the mid 1980’s, inspired by the British blues boom of the 1960s and 1970s, and fascinated by the differences between the UK and his hometown, Petit moved from California to London, England. During his initial years in the UK, Petit played alongside Phil May (The Pretty Things), David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) and Ian Stewart (The Rolling Stones) in May's “Friends Band” which performed dozens of gigs in London's Leicester Square and Little Venice.
"The reason I am on the planet is to play blues guitar. I’m on a mission to spread the word about the blues and about the guitar – especially to young music lovers." - Stephen Dale Petit
The UK press and media have pronounced Petit an artist at the forefront of a new and predominantly UK based musical phenomenon referred to as the new blues revolution, a recent revival of the blues as an independent cutting edge genre of music.
Petit feels the Blues has faded to the background of the British music consciousness, and so his career and promotional efforts have become an integral part of the New Blues Revolution, which seeks to restore the Blues to the popularity it experienced during the British Blues Boom of the mid 1960s.