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Showing posts with label Netherlands. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Netherlands. Show all posts

Friday, December 27, 2013

BROWN SUGAR - JOHN THE REVELATOR

This year this blues band from Holland will celebrate its 45th anniversary. The band has played all over Europe and also toured Australia. Enjoy this site and experience the long history of this legendary band and keep an update with their new gigs and releases. In our new worldwide WEBSTORE you can listen for free to all the songs of the albums the band has recorded over the years. In our webstore you can download any song or album that you like, including covers and some free titles. But you can also order the physical albums that are still available. If you do so, you get immediately a free digital download as a bonus. Blues of zo. The drummer and singer-bassplayer of John the Revelator also joined forces with guitar player extraordinaire Henk Schippers. For many years this power blues trio has played together at various festivals in Europe. Go to their website: Blues of zo  

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Ain't Nobody's Business - Morblus

MORBLUS stands for American Blues made in Italy and captures the audience with its exceptional sound of Funk, Blues, Rhythm & Blues and Soul. The band founded in 1991 has a wide repertoire of blues classics, modern soul pieces and original compositions. With an unbridled amount of adrenaline, the quartet, around front-man Roberto Morbioli, evokes an unforgettable music experience. The MORBLUS sound is unique. Its power and groove, infused with its many musical influences, carries its audiences away more than any other act in the European music scene. In Spain, the Netherlands and even in the Home of Blues, the USA, MORBLUS has made its mark as the most fiery Funky Blues Export from Italy. In performing with various international Blues artists, the MORBLUS sound has matured to an individual and distinctive Blues that grabs the fans right from the start. When lead singer and guitarist Morbioli leaves the stage and with his Telecaster dives into the audience, everybody shakes a leg. Well known for their energetic sound, by fans and musicians alike, in Europe and beyond MORBLUS has toured Italy with John Mayall, and Robben Ford and played the legendary B.B. King’s Blues Club in Memphis! With its strong stage presence at home in Italy and across Europe, MORBLUS, now in its 20th year, has celebrated great musical success.  

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Stop the Fussing - Sugar Boy & The Sinners

Dutch band Sugar Boy and the Sinners represents the newest generation of European blues bands. Only playing the Dutch music scene since 2010, Sugar Boy and the Sinners already played most of the important Blues, Roots and Jazz festivals in the Netherlands. In september 2012 the young band has won the prestigious Dutch Blues Challenge, representing the Netherlands at the European Blues Challenge in Toulouse (France) and the International Blues Challenge in Memphis (USA) in 2013. On top of critical acclaim by long time blues fans, the band also brings the music to a whole new generation of music lovers. With the anticipated debut album planned for spring 2013, Sugar Boy and the Sinners is about to burst unto the European music scene.  

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Coen Wolters Band

The new CD 'Illumination' by Coen Wolters is marked by the introduction of his powerful first single 'Complicated'. With this release Coen is exploring new territories - resulting in a magic strat blast with a touch of Texas sizzle. Three CD releases, coupled with the tours at major festivals that following year, more than proved to a worldwide audience of rabid fans that Coen Wolters rocks, funks and plays the way he wants to play and leave the comparisons for this crowded genre up to others. It's hard to stand in the shadow of great guitarists, but fans know that Coen's songwriting, music and performances are much more than a typical blues rock Experience. Coen’s performances are always high energy, reflecting his love for live performances. His guitar style is totally unique and emotionally charged. Rapidly progressing from local bar band to an international touring band, the CWB performed on international highly rated festivals like the Skopje Blues & Soul festival (Macedonia), Bluestock, Memphis, TN (USA), Rother Bluestage in Germany (with Snowy White) and the Grolsch Blues festival in Schoppingen (Germany). Readers of the online rockmagazin “Rocktimes” voted the opener song of Broken Glass as 2nd best song of the year. The German national major radio station “Deutschlandfunk” recorded a live show which was broadcasted for a German nationwide audience. A newspaper review after the gig at the Rother Bluestage stated that Coen was: “Young, hot and in a few years one of Europe’s most important Blues guitarists”. If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, ”LIKE” ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorite band!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Hobo Blues - Cuby & the Blizzards

Cuby + Blizzards – also known as Cuby & the Blizzards are a Dutch blues group, founded in 1964 by vocalist Harry Muskee, and guitarist Eelco Gelling. During the 1960s, the band's mixture of sound, drawing upon a variety of genres which included blues and rock and roll, gave them a pioneering sound which was completely different from any other Dutch band in the same time period, using the name Peter & the Blizzards. The spelling of the name varies, with 'Cuby' also written as 'QB' and the ampersand (&) also written as 'and' or '+' and the 'and sometimes left out. The spelling 'Cuby + Blizzards' was used on the first albums. The band's first single, a blues-based track bearing similarities to The Pretty Things output, was "Stumble and Fall" in 1965. From the start, they were a big hit in the Netherlands. In 1967 they toured with Van Morrison (after he had left Them), recorded an album, ' Praise the Blues ' with U.S. blues musician Eddie Boyd and scored a hit with "Window of my Eyes". That year, John Mayall stayed at their farm and the next year they regularly played with the 'king of British blues' Alexis Korner, who is featured on their album Live in Düsseldorf (1968). The line-up of the band changed regularly, but founders Harry Muskee and Eelco Gelling remained at the core of the band until 1976. Herman Brood was the pianist from early 1967 until mid-1968 (which kick-started his career) and again in 1976. Also in 1976, Gellling left to join Golden Earring. Muskee then decided to drop the name C+B and to form the Harry Muskee Band. This band recorded one album before Muskee decided to leave the music biz. In 1980 he formed the Muskee Gang with a line-up of Herman Deinum (bass guitar) and Hans la Faille (drums), who had both joined C+B in 1969, together with saxofonist Rudy van Dijk, Paul Smeenk (guitar) and Jeff Reynolds (trumpet). In 1996 Cuby + Blizzards re-formed without Eelco Gelling, who was replaced by Erwin Java on guitar. In 2004 they went on a theatre tour to honor John Lee Hooker. C+B came to an end when Harry Muskee died of cancer on 26 September 2011. The band received an Edison award for their debut album Desolation. The song "Window of my Eyes" (a Top 10 hit in The Netherlands in 1968), was featured over the ending credits for the 2010 film The American. If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, ”LIKE” ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorite band!

Monday, December 10, 2012

JAN AKKERMAN

Jan Akkerman (born 24 December 1946) is a Dutch guitarist. Akkerman is a distinctive guitar player, constantly experimenting with new equipment and guitars. Akkerman's distinctive sound is characterised by his pioneering use of volume swells which produce a smooth, fluty, sustained tone, and other complex techniques such as sweep picking, tapping, and high-speed alternate picking. He also pioneered the use of the lute in a rock band, reflecting his interest in medieval and Renaissance music and culture. He first reached world acclaim in the 1970s when he was seen as the core of the Dutch rock band, Focus, together with Thijs van Leer. Akkerman was born near the Waterlooplein, in the center of Amsterdam, the son of a scrap iron trader. At age five he took guitar lessons and his first single was released in 1960, when he was thirteen years old. He was a member of Johnny and his Cellar Rockers, The Hunters (with whom he scored the 1966 Dutch pop hit "Russian Spy and I") and Brainbox (which also garnered several Dutch hit singles, including a cover of Tim Hardin's "Reason to Believe"). Akkerman joined the Thijs van Leer Trio in late 1969 which, as the nascent band Focus was the pit band for the Dutch theatrical production of "Hair" (recorded as an album in 1969). Continuing under the name Focus, the band explored the progressive rock genre (an amalgam of classical, jazz, and rock music in short and extended instrumentals) and scored a few worldwide hits in the seventies (the singles "Hocus Pocus" and "Sylvia" and the certified Gold albums "Moving Waves" and Focus III). In 1973 Akkerman was chosen 'Best Guitarist in The World' by the readers of the UK magazine, Melody Maker. His standing was such that he teamed up with manufacturer Framus to produce one of the first 'signature' guitar models. In early 1976 Akkerman left Focus and continued his solo career, and collaborations with other musicians. The concept album "Eli", recorded with Kaz Lux on vocals, won the Dutch Edison Award for best album in 1976. A brief Focus reunion with Thijs van Leer in 1985 came in the form of several concerts supported by an album which turned out to be unsuccessful. The classic Focus lineup also reunited in 1990 for the Dutch television program "Goud van Oud" (Old Gold) for one last time. Akkerman continued to produce several albums. At the same time he was active as a session musician with André Hazes and others. He also played alongside Vlatko Stefanovski, Alan Price, Herman Brood, Peter Banks, Phil Collins, Jack Bruce, Charlie Byrd, Ice-T, Paco De Lucia, and B.B. King. In 1992 he was involved in a serious car accident, but resumed playing in 1993. In the late 1990s, after an absence of nearly 20 years, he was persuaded to tour the UK again and has continued to do so on a regular basis. He writes for the Dutch magazine, GitaarPlus. In 2011, Akkerman released his latest album, "Minor Details". If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, ”LIKE” ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorite band!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Twelve Bars Blues Band in Spanje

The TWELVE BAR BLUES BAND winner of the Dutch Blues Foundation Awards: Best Dutch Bluesband 2010!! 12BBB was the surprise of the Dutch blues scene in 2006. Within this first year of existence, the band already was precent on most of all the important stages in the Netherlands and commanded respect with impressive "down to earth blues". The first CD of the band: "The Blues Has Got Me" released in april 2006 immediatley become "CD of the month" at many blues radio stations and recently the CD was chosen as "Blues-CD of the year 2006" by one of the most importent blues sites in the Netherlands. Franky Bluescruiser (NL): "They're terrific!! 12BBB definitely is the best bluesband of the Netherlands". The second CD: E-mail From Heaven was chosen as Best CD of the year 2008 by Bluesforum.nl Currently 12BBB is discovered by the American market and the band is hounoured to receive overwhelming reactions from the land where the blues was invented. DWM Music: "This is the best electric blues we've heard in a while." The band is leaded by supertandem Jan J. Scherpenzeel also known as J.J. Sharp (lead vocals & harmonica) and Kees Dusink (lead & slide guitar) both blues veterans who already play the blues their whole life. It is seen as the perfect combination on stage but also as composers. They together wrote 7 of 8 numbers for the CD: "The Blues Has Got Me". People waited for years to see both musicians in one band. Kees Dusink is a great blues guitar player with an unequalled sound. He is able to express the deepest, almost touchable bluesfeelings straight from his heart, moving the audience deeply. He also is a marvellous slide guitarist. This adds thrilling variations to the sound of the band. Jan J. Scherpenzeel (JJ Sharp) is considered as one of the best blues singers in the Netherlands and he is a born entertainer on stage. He has a whiskey soaked warm voice, dealing in great emotions and in addition he is a excellent harmonica player. The great sound of the band is also created by the fantastic rhythm section, existing of Patrick "Sideburn" Obrist (bass) and Marcel Bakker (drums). They transform each groove to a real work of art. The formula is based on simplicity and openess, but it is solid as a rock. “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, ”LIKE” ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Hard Way - Uncle G & the Furious Four

Uncle G & the Furious Four brengt de Blues met een grote dosis passie. Slepende slowblues "straight from the heart" wordt afgewisseld met dampende uptempo Chicago Blues. Missie: Keeping the Blues alive! Doel: Het dak moet eraf! Gerard "Uncle G" Julsing; vocals and bluesharp Rudmer van der Meer; leadguitar O.J. Strijbis: organ and piano Ray Davidson: bass Sander Meijer: drums If you like what I’m doing, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! - ”LIKE”

Monday, September 10, 2012

Free Download - The Damned and the Dirty


Guitarist Micha Sprenger and vocalist/harmonicist Kevin de Harde. The Damned and Dirty are not touring at the moment, but you can check them out in their band BluesMotel.

Fellow BluesMotel bandmember Frank van Tijn contributed drums to a couple of tracks. The recording was done on August 1st and 2nd 2012 by Erwin Palper and Frank de Jong at 20Twelve Audio. Photos are by Bas Stoffelsen.
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Fried Okra Band


The band was formed as a electric/acoustic duo by Morten Lunn and Thomas Foldberg in 2003.
Together they soon developed a love for the raw and stripped down sounds of RL Burnside, Jr. Kimbrough, Kenny Brown, Asie Payton , T-Model Ford and Robert Belfour! The duo started as a warm up act for bigger Danish Blues names.

Under a year later they turned into a quartet (adding bass and drums) and during a trip to Chicago Mr. Lunn gave the band it´s name while sitting in a south-side restaurant (that was eventually closed).. The Fried Okra Band.
Most of the material was borrowed from the giants from the North Mississippi Hills and reworked blues-classics.
The "new" band played several gigs around Denmark, Norway and Sweden - from small clubs to festivals.
Gradually the band´s repertoire changed from covers to mostly original stuff developing a very personal style.

In the fall of 2011 the band took on a new approach by turning the quartet into a trio consisting of M. Lunn on guitar/vocals/diddley Bo,
T. Foldberg on guitar/harmonica and T. Crawfurd drums/perc/mandolin!Occasionally a forth member is added - Henrik Silver playing the bass horn - the sousaphone!

With this new constellation the band moves into the next phase -
ready to record their 3´rd album - feeling more focused than ever, with a lot on their mind and heart!
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Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Blues Has Got Me - 12 Bar Blues Band


en. Bovendien weet hij op z’n bluesharps de noten te benden als de groten.
Hij deelde in zijn carrière het podium met o.a. Junior Wells, Guus & Johnny Laporte (Barrelhouse) en Oscar Benton. In Memphis USA was hij speciale gast tijdens een concert van de bluesmuzikant Big Lucky Carter, pianist William 'Boogie Man' Hubbard (ex-Rufus Thomas) en bassist Melvin Lee (ex-Albert King). In de zeventiger en begin tachtiger jaren maakten J. J. deel uit van de legendarische Southern-rock-band: MOUNTBATTEN. Deze band was zeer geliefd bij de programmamakers van de VPRO en werd al gauw als de Nederlandse Allman Brothers Band beschouwd. Van 1985 tot eind 1998 was J. J. de frontman van Nederlands meest swingende jumpbluesband: THE BLAZING ACES. Met deze band bracht hij één LP en drie Cd’s uit op het Blue Shadow Label: “The Blazing Aces”, “Closer To The Blues” en “Let’s Go Jumpin”. In 1994 verleende The Blazing Aces ook hun medewerking aan het album "Blues For Bosnia" en In 1998 verscheen de band nog eenmaal op de verzamel CD: "Blues As Blues Can Get" op het Ace Music Label.
In 1997 besloten een paar topmuzikanten om een éénmalige tour door Nederland te houden onder de naam THE SUPER SESSION BLUESBAND, waar naast Jan J. Scherpenzeel (zang & harmonica) ook meester-gitarist Ted Oberg (ex- Livin’ Blues) en stergitarist Will Sophie (ex- Blues Power) deel van uitmaakten. Wegens groot succes besloten JJ en Ted in 1998 om onder de naam OBERG(1) verder te gaan. Met Frank Schaafsma (tevens acteur) op de basgitaar en Ramon Rambeaux (Wild Romance) op drums, soms afgewisseld met topdrummer Ronald Oor. Deze bezetting hield stand tot 2001. Van 2001 tot 2004 was het tijd voor JJ om alles eens even goed op een rijtje te zetten i.v.m. o.a. gezondheidsproblemen.
In 2005 steken Jan J. Scherpenzeel en Kees Dusink de koppen bij elkaar en de TWELVE BAR BLUES BAND was geboren. Dat dit een goede keuze was is inmiddels wel duidelijk geworden. Beide mannen werden in 2010 door de Dutch Blues Foundation genomineerd voor resp. Beste Nederlandse Blues Vocalist en Beste Nederlandse Blues Gitarist. In datzelfde jaar werd de TWELVE BAR BLUES BAND door de Dutch Blues Foundation uitgeroepen tot beste Nederlandse blues Band. De rest is geschiedenis …
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Sunday, May 27, 2012

It Hurts Me Too - Crawlin' Coons

This band appears to be from the Netherlands. If anyone knows anything about them...please let me know.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Smell Trouble - Shuffle Maniacs


This is a band from the Netherlands featuring Dave Chavez, Vocals /GuitaR.
Robin v Roon,harmonica. Don't know anything else. Possibly Dave will weigh in and give us more info.
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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Slow Blues - JULIAN SAS BAND


Asked about influences, Sas replies; when I hear Jeff Beck play it starts to itch. He plays with such simplicity and at the same time with such fanaticism. Unbelievable. I am a real Jimi Hendrix fan too. He has not yet been surpassed. Stevie Ray Vaughan I think is fantastic, but the difference between him and Jimi is that if you were to hear him every night you will notice there are only minor differences in his playing. Whilst Jimi could be stumbling over his strings one night and the next night be so brilliant that you would seriously consider selling all your gear. Jimi knew no boundaries. When he was doing Hey Joe, his mind was already busy with totally different things. What he wanted to do with Miles Davis I think is fascinating. I am a real Miles Davis fan. He is the Jimi of the Jazz world. When I was just 16 I saw Buddy Guy. He played with great dynamics. Dynamics, in my opinion, are one of the most important tools in music; a quiet song with a strong bridge or a loud song with a very quiet bridge. And of course Rory Gallagher, my greatest hero. I had the privilege and honour of playing with his band 3 times. The Allman Brothers Band is fantastic too. Once they get started, there is no stopping them. Just like us.
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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Lonesome Road - Livin Blues


Livin' Blues was one of the best Dutch blues bands. Many people think the band's name came from the American magazine called Living Blues, but that wasn't established until 1970. Former members of the band claim it was based on the name of an American theatre group called Living Theatre.

They evolved in 1967 from Andy Star & the Stripes with Ted Oberg (g) and Ruud Franssen (b) and then added Björn Pool (v) and Niek Dijkhuis (d). In 1968, they took on board the blues duo Indiscrimination with John Lagrand (blues harp) and Nicko Christiansen (v, s), the latter replacing Pool. During the same year, Gerard Strötbaum replaced Franssen and Cesar Zuiderwijk (ex-Hu & the Hilltops, to Golden Earring) came in on drums. The band started getting more and more attention, resulting in a record contract with the mighty Phonogram (who distributed labels like Decca and Philips). They opened a show for Fleetwood Mac during a small winter tour of 1969.

After they had recorded two unsuccessful singles, Strötbaum was replaced by Henk Smitskamp (ex-Motions, to Sandy Coast). The line-up of Oberg, Lagrand, Christiansen, Zuiderwijk and Smitskamp recorded the highly acclaimed album, "Hell's Session" in 1969, the first production of former Golden Earrings drummer Jaap Eggermont (later world-famous through his Stars On 45 productions), for a new label, Red Bullet (owned by Willem van Kooten a.k.a. DJ Joost den Draaijer).

In 1970, Smitskamp was replaced by Ruud van Buuren (ex-Groep 1850, to Long Tall Ernie & the Shakers). When Zuiderwijk joined Golden Earring, Dick Beekman (ex-Cuby + Blizzards and Ro-d-ys) was next in the long line of drummers to join the band. Livin' Blues seemed to change drummers on a yearly basis. After "Wang Dang Doodle" became an international hit, the band started touring Europe, one highlight being their appearance at the Palermo Pop Festival in Sicily. Then John Le Jeune (ex-Island) took over the drum stool, but he also lasted for just one album. The band had another international hit with "LB Boogie" and made their first visit to Poland, where they'd become one of the most successful bands ever.

Le Jeune left for the Schick Band and was replaced by Arjan Kamminga, who was forced to quit not long after the release of "Rockin' At The Tweedmill" (recorded in England and produced by Mike Vernon) due to back problems. He would later resurface in Mark Foggo & Secret Meeting. In 1973, Englishman Kenny Lamb became the last drummer of the first era of Livin' Blues. The album "Ram Jam Josey" was again produced by Mike Vernon who'd also recommended Lamb (ex-Jellybread, a British blues band recording for Vernon's Blue Horizon label).

In 1974, “Mark I” Livin' Blues fell apart. John Lagrand joined Water, Nicko Cristiansen formed Himalaya, Kenny Lamb returned to England and Ruud van Buuren joined Long Tall Ernie & the Shakers. Ted Oberg had to continue with Livin' Blues because their manager (Ted's mother!) had signed new contracts with Ariola and Grandad Music. John Fredriksz (ex-George Cash and Q'65, the singer who always seemed to come in when a band's heyday was over) became the new vocalist. They also took on board Paul Vink (kb, ex-Finch, to Limousine), but he only lasted a few months. The line-up was completed by the returning Henk Smitskamp (b, from Shocking Blue), Ronnie Meyjes (g, ex-Brainbox) and Michel Driesten (d) and had a disco hit with "Boogie Woogie Woman", a far cry from the earlier blues-rock sound. By the time the album "Live '75" was recorded, Meyes and Driesten had disappeared and Cor van de Beek (also from Shocking Blue) was the drummer.

The 1976 line-up was: Ted, Johnny, André Reynen (bass, ex-Sympathy and Brainbox) and Jacob van Heiningen (drums, ex-Galaxis, replaced by Ed Molenwijk, ex-Dizzy Daisy, to Casino). In spite of the internationally successful album, "Blue Breeze" (1977), the band were without a recording contract by 1978. Pietjan Visser (h, ex-Houseband) joined in 1979, but a year after that the core of "Mark I" Livin' Blues reunited for the 1980 Haagse Beatnach: Oberg, Lagrand and Christiansen were joined by Evert Willemstijn (b) and Boris (Bo, Beau) Wassenbergh (dr, ex-Cashmere, to The Zoo). That line-up started touring again, but due to the lack of interest in the blues music, Livin' Blues slowly ground to a halt in the first half of the 1980s. In the meantime, Johnny Frederiksz, André Reynen and Pietjan Visser formed Nitehawk. When that band also turned out to be unsuccessful, Ted Oberg formed the J&T Band (Johnny & Ted) with Frederiksz, adding ex-Finch members Peter Vink (b) and Fred van Vloten (d).

In 1986, John Lagrand and Nicko Christiansen reformed Livin' Blues and, for the first time since 1967, Ted Oberg was not present. Other members were: Joop van Nimwegen (g, ex-Q'65 and Finch), Willem van de Wall (g, ex-Himalaya), Aad van Pijlen (b, ex-Freelance Band and Himalaya) and Art Bausch (d, ex-Barrelhouse, ex-Oscar Benton, and founder member of Blue Planet). After one unsuccessful album, "Now", Lagrand left to join the Muskee Gang and Christiansen got a new line-up together. However, the rights to the name Livin' Blues were owned by Ted Oberg's mother and Christiansen had to call the band New Livin' Blues. Just like all preceding line-ups, New Livin' Blues went through many changes, which are impossible to document (mainly due to the lack of press coverage and record releases). On the CD "Out Of The Blue" (1995), the line-up was: Christiansen, Loek van der Knaap (g), Frank Buschman (b) and Elout Smit (d).

In 1996, John Lagrand joined the reformed Cuby + Blizzards and two years later, Nicko Christiansen formed the Nicko C Band, keeping Loek van der Knaap on board. In 1998, Ted Oberg formed his own band Oberg with Jan Scherpenzeel (v, h), Frank Schaafsma (b) and Ramon Rambeaux (d, ex-Wild Romance, replaced by Ronald Oor, ex-Diesel and I've Got The Bullets). At the end of that year, Nicko Christiansen and John Lagrand toured with guitarist Eelco Gelling (ex-Cuby + Blizzards) as Nederblues Summit.

In 2003, Christiansen and Lagrand wanted to start performing again as Livin' Blues, but Oberg objected. The new band was then named Blues A-Livin' instead. Oberg reappeared the following year, touring with Simone Roerade (v), Rob Geboers (kb, ex-Flavium), Marco Oonincx (b, ex-Ana Popovic Band) and drummer Arie Verhaar (ex-Tom Principato and Tino Gonzales), as Grand Slam.

On 30th June, 2005, John Lagrand died at the age of 55 from emphysema. Christiansen continued as The Livin' Blues Experience with Loek van der Knaap (g), Yaroon Vanniele (bas), Kees van Krugten (d) and Francois Spannenburg (blues harp). In 2009, Livin' Blues was voted as the "best international blues band" by readers of the Two Blues magazine in Poland. Ted Oberg has called his band Oberg once again, although it is now fronted by female singer Liane Hoogeveen. The other members are: Mick Hup (g, replaced Will Sophie), Nico Heilijgers (b) and Paul Damen (d).
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JULIAN SAS BAND


Asked about influences, Sas replies; when I hear Jeff Beck play it starts to itch. He plays with such simplicity and at the same time with such fanaticism. Unbelieveable. I am a real Jimi Hendrix fan too. He has not yet been surpassed. Stevie Ray Vaughan I think is fantastic, but the difference between him and Jimi is that if you were to hear him every night you will notice there are only minor differences in his playing. Whilst Jimi could be stumbling over his strings one night and the next night be so brilliant that you would seriously consider selling all your gear. Jimi knew no boundaries. When he was doing Hey Joe, his mind was already busy with totally different things. What he wanted to do with Miles Davis I think is fascinating. I am a real Miles Davis fan. He is the Jimi of the Jazz world. When I was just 16 I saw Buddy Guy. He played with great dynamics. Dynamics, in my opinion, are one of the most important tools in music; a quiet song with a strong bridge or a loud song with a very quiet bridge. And of course Rory Gallagher, my greatest hero. I had the privilege and honor of playing with his band 3 times. The Allman Brothers Band is fantastic too. Once they get started, there is no stopping them. Just like us.
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A Million Times/Bad Shape - Driving South



The Dutch bluesband Driving South kicks, scream, and moan the blues wherever they go.
With a bag of self made blues they are touring the country from stage to stage.
The raw voice and bluesharp of singer Michel Blaauboer and the intense guitarsolo's by Mike de Wit are
the ingredients for the bands own blues sound. Backed up with bass player Jeroen Groot and drummer
Anthony Schouten the band is a welcome guest on every stage. Driving south did have the privilege to play at
big stages like Moulin Blues and well known dutch blues festivals. The first CD will be expected soon.

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Mighty Dow


Entertaining us and musically educating the youth for more than 30 years, Isidore York, known as the Mighty Dow, is an island treasure and a staple in Carnival. Born on the Friendly Island in the lovely month of April, the Mighty Dow has been working hard to reach his objective of supporting the local youth to reach higher standards of performance. With a passion for steel-pan music, the Mighty Dow is a renowned calypsonian and an accomplished steel pan instructor, entertainer, musical arranger and vocalist.

His musical talent was found and nurtured since the age of 8 by his father and Caribbean music icon, Chester York. The once lead performer in his former high school band (Milton Peters College), the stellar entertainer made a splash when he won best Carnival song in 1982 with the hit "For King." Since his start, the Mighty Dow has recorded 8 albums and has had great international hits like "St. Maarten Rhumba", "Soca Salsa", "Christmas Morning", "Ding Dong" and many others.
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Monday, January 23, 2012

Gonna Leave This Place - John F. Klaver Band


John-F. Klaver is a (blues) guitarist/singer from The Netherlands.

Together with his band he plays groovin' blues music. The emotional-intensity of blues together with 'in the pocket ' grooves.

His goal is to make music that hits people in the heart and not the head. People, who don't even know how many strings are on a guitar, want to listen.
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I'm a Blues Man - Matthew "Dutch" Tilders


Dutch Tilders (29 August 1941–23 April 2011) (born Mattheus Frederikus Wilhelmus Tilders, anglicised as Matthew Tilders) was a Netherlands-born Australian blues musician
Dutch Tilders was born in the Netherlands in 1941 and emigrated with his parents and siblings to Australia in 1955. As a child he had sung in school and church choirs, but later moved towards blues music, his first paying gig being on harmonica at Collingwood Town Hall at age 15, at a concert also featuring Johnny O'Keefe.

Tilders later took up the guitar, to be able to accompany himself when playing in cafes around Melbourne.

Tilders released his self-titled first album in 1972 and during the 1970s recorded and performed with musicians including Kevin Borich, Taj Mahal, John Mayall and Brownie McGhee.

Tilders also worked solo and toured with John Mayall, Taj Mahal, Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry. B B King first met him in 1976. Having only heard and never seen Tilders, King assumed that he was black. King and Tilders became good friends mates simply because King believed that, regardless of his European origins, the Dutchman was a genuine bluesman.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Tilders fronted bands such as the Elks, the Cyril 'B' Bunter Band, Mickey Finn and the R&B Six. Later he toured extensively with The Blues Club and The Legends Band.

Tilders was dubbed the "Godfather of Blues" in Australia.[citation needed] As recently as November 2010 he joined Barbara Blue, known as the "Queen of Memphis Blues", on her Australian tour.

Tilders died on 23 April 2011, aged 69. He had announced that he had been diagnosed with esophageal cancer and liver cancer in May 2010, and had retired from performing in January 2011 due to his illness and treatment
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