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Showing posts with label Howlin Bill. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Howlin Bill. Show all posts

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sometimes A Mans Gotta Do - Howlin Bill

To describe a band such as Howlin' Bill in a few words isn't easy. Since more than ten years this quartet is working hard to achieve their musical goals. They mainly play original songs, but every now and than you can hear them play a well chosen cover. The Howlin' Bill style is a mixture of Blues, Rock 'n' Roll, Boogie, Swing, Rock, Rockabilly etc.... There is only one must: every song has to contain a very high hipshaking level.

The band recorded in 2003 its first album “Cool it!” and it was very well received by the press. Everybody was asking for more and so, the second album “Strike” was released in 2006. In 2009 the band recorded a live album at the well known Ancienne Belgique Club in Brussels. This record contains exactly what Howlin' Bill stands for: an exciting night of action on stage, pumping roots music with lyrics about good and bad women, booze, old shoes, mice with an attitude and romantic love stories. The band stands for a journey through all the different Rhythm 'n' Roots styles.

In the meanwhile they’ve been playing in every single corner of the Benelux, from the smallest pubs to the biggest stages. The band performed twice at the Belgium Rhythm 'n' Blues festival in Peer a.o., played in France (Cahors Blues Festival, Terri’Thouars Blues Festival, Blues au Chateau festival, a.o.), in Sweden (MönsteråsBlues Fest and Åmål's Blues Fest) and Germany (Blues in Lehrte Festival a.o.).

The band was pronounced winner of the 1st European Blues Challenge in Berlin in March 2011 and was invited to perform at the Rootsway Festival in Parma/Italy, the Notodden Blues Festival in Norway, the Lucerne Blues Festival in Switzerland, the Blues sur Seine Festival in France and Vienna Blues Spring in Austria. To celebrate this victory, their record company released the 12” vinyl EP “Howl”, produced by Kai Strauss.

Howlin' Bill entertains the audience with his deep voice and howlin' blues harp, supported by his tight rhythm section, Uncle T and Waylon Waters. Now, just add the unpredictable guitar licks and amazing guitar solos of star guitar player Little Jimmy, and you'll get an idea about what you may expect from a Howlin' Bill concert.
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