HOOKROCK OUTDOOR 10 JAAR: twee dagen blues en roots muziek
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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 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.
You might know the MOONSHINE REUNION boys from their former band 'Los Fabulous Frankies'; a rockin' road machine that has seen its share of towns all across Europe. No wonder that MOONSHINE REUNION is a grand live act from day one! They are hellbent to take it even further. With a chain of skilfully crafted songs, the band taps into half a century of roots music, like the glory days of Sun Records Johnny Cash and the tender twist of George Jones.
These excellent players master a wide range of vintage gear to enrich their authentic tone. Their first cd SEX, TRUCKS & ROCK 'N' ROLL honours a fine tradition by delivering outstanding contemporary originals.
Their second cd TIRED OF DRIVIN -recorded at Jimmy Sutton's Chicago based Hi-Style Recording Studio- comes very close to the bands live experience. In 2012 a limited edition vinyl was released. The 12" ON THE RUN includes a lot of self written songs. Moonshine Reunion is a rockin’ roadmachine and a great live act. Their enthousiasm and a chain of skillfully crafted songs makes you wanna see more!
Born in 1947 in Ocala, Florida J. Gilmore begins to play guitar at very young age, initially performing with his band in the churches of his city. After leaving behind religious music, Joey dedicated himself to blues music up to theese days. In the early 60?s moved to South Florida where he became an artist of reference of the local Blues scene. His first recording is from the 80s but it was only in the 90s that he began to regularly publish his albums.
Sean Carney is a native of Columbus, Ohio, and comes from a family of musicians. Guitarist, singer and songwriter, he recorded his first CD in ’98, becoming a tireless promoter of the blues scene as a DJ, journalist, promoter, as well as a musician. The victory of Albert King Best Guitarist Award and of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, led him to finally take a solo career with his own band in the wake of international artists. Very respectful of tradition, S.C. adds his own idea of “solid songs and tight arrangements”, winning the attention of the public today with the CD “Sean Carney’s Blues For A Cure” recorded in 2012 with Duke Robillard and Jimmy Thackery.
With the wind-driven rain pelting the freezing, asphalt street on either side of him, John Lee Hooker Jr. hides under a car, shivering from the torrential elements and his addiction, praying the police will not find him. At this moment over ten years ago, the blues prodigy has a glimpse of his life with God or the devil at his side. Fortunately for him, family, friends and blues lovers, he chooses God.
JLHJR Born in Detroit, Michigan, Hooker Jr. was exposed to the blues as some children are exposed to a parent who practices carpentry, bricklaying or farming. The son of the blues legend, John Lee Hooker, naturally developed a curiosity and appetite for his father's livelihood. Hooker Jr. performed on Detroit's WJBK radio at the tender age of eight years old and toured with his father throughout his teens. Exposed to blues greats such as, Jimmie Reed, Washboard Willie, and Boogie Woogie Red, little Hooker Jr. would eventually perform his talents at prestigious venues such as Detroit's, Fox Theatre and other upscale Motown clubs in the shadow of his father. By the time little Hooker Jr. turned eighteen, he was a recording artist performing with his father, most notably on John Lee Hooker's, Live at Soledad Prison (ABC Records) release.
The rich heritage of Detroit was very generous to Hooker Jr. on more than one count. Not only was the powerful allure of music intriguing to him, but he also was seduced by the sub-culture life on the streets. During this lull in Hooker's musical quest, he never lost his appetite for stardom but some demons were to be exorcised before he could take his rightful place at the helm. Following the life altering event of his father's death, and with Hooker Junior's strong belief in God, help from family, friends, and fellow musicians, this exorcism was achieved before his first release entitled: Blues With A Vengeance (Kent Records 2004).
Blues with a Vengeance Blues With A Vengeance was John's "celebratory redemption". In other words, he would celebrate his redemption through the hard work and dedication it takes to create a musical classic - and redeem himself he did. The newly awakened artist received 2004, "Comeback Artist of the Year Award" from the San Francisco Bay Area Blues Society, "Outstanding Blues Album of the Year" from The California Music Awards (formerly known as the BAMMYS), "Best New Artist Debut" nomination from the W.C. Handy Awards, and "Best Traditional Blues" nomination from the Grammy Awards. Etta James won the actual Grammy award but to be in her company along with fellow nominees, Eric Clapton, Pinetop Perkins, and James Cotton was a strong indication of the direction Jr. Hooker's career was taking.
Cold As Ice Cold As Ice (Telarc Records 2006) continued to solidify Jr. Hooker's force as a musical presence. This sophomore recording enabled the artist to reach deeper into his musical inspirations and take a more active role in the total creative process, while simultaneously, learning the intricate business details of the music industry. Cold As Ice was intended to be Hooker's unique sound. The material showcased his Motown roots and contemporary understanding of music into a delightful blues release that was embraced worldwide.
All Odds Against Me All Odds Against Me (Steppin' Stone Records/Jazzhaus Records Europe 2007) was the first effort by the artist to incorporate his own music without covering any of his father's music. This also seemed like a good time to launch his own record label and take further control of his musical career. Partnered internationally with Jazzhaus Records, the project generated yet, another Grammy nomination along with fellow nominees, Pinetop Perkins & Friends, Buddy Guy, B.B. King and Elvin Biship in 2008 for "Best Traditional Blues". B.B. King would walk away with the award but Jr. Hooker would win more respect and recognition in the realm of blues. All Odds Against Me also introduced Hooker Jr. as "Bluesman". This animated blues superhero, conceived by French brother, Laurent Mercier (Callicore Animation Studios, Paris) is featured as a DVD, included with the audio disk and is the first animated blues artist to come into existence.
All Odds Against Me From the gravely blues of the Detroit streets to a new era of sound; from the shadow of his father's accomplishments to standing apart from his namesake; from criminal to crime-fighter; from San Quentin to the Red Carpet, its no wonder the album is called All Odds Against Me. John Lee Hooker Jr. has built upon his colorful past as he continues to distinguish himself as a contemporary "Bluesman."
Live in Istanbul, Turkey Live In Istanbul, Turkey (Steppin' Stone Records/Jazzhaus Records 2010) is the latest effort by Hooker Jr. This project includes some new material but it mostly consists of a recording taken from the live performance of one of his tour dates in Istanbul, Turkey. The growth of Hooker Jr. is apparent in this live performance. Weaving in and out of his funk, jazz, and blues arrangements, Hooker Jr. dances with the horns, sings with the guitars and grooves to the bass and rhythm as if they are part of him. This recording exemplifies his twenty-first century interpretation of the blues.
In 2010, between sharing the stage with artists such as, Lenny Kravitz, Taj Mahal, and ZZ Top, Hooker Jr. was the musical face of America's prestigious, U.S. Open (CBS). He was also interviewed by the 700 Club, and in 2011, appeared on the cover of Healthy Living magazine. He is currently recording his upcoming project for release in the spring of 2012.
John Lee Hooker Jr. is a living testimony of the fact that your past is just that - your past. Ironically, the same prison that held Hooker was his venue for two separate gigs; one, the place you go as a consequence of bad decisions, the other, a platform to share his musical talents. From San Quentin to Hollywood's red carpet has been an experience few will ever be able to experience. John Lee Hooker Jr. was able to introduce "Blues With A Vengeance" while maintaining a "Cold As Ice" appearance with "All Odds Against" him and sing about it live in Istanbul, Turkey - and ultimately, sharing it with the world. Though all of Hooker's recordings are diverse, they share a common bond. Hooker Jr. is proof that demons can be defeated. Through all his releases, he convincingly displays the years of sacrifice, love and determination on his quest for making his own mark in the music industry as John Lee Hooker Jr. and not just the son of the great John Lee Hooker.
Realising at an early age that if you picked up a guitar you got attention, especially from her dad whose guitar it usually was, it was inevitable that she would get one of her own. So at the ripe old age of three, she got her first guitar, a half size acoustic.
At seven she started lessons but soon noticed that not only did the electric guitars have a smaller neck, making them ideal for little hands, but they could also make a lot more noise. After more lessons and a lot more noise, and at the grand old age of eight she became the youngest person in the country to pass a Rockschool grade. More lessons followed and with them came the realisation that if you want people to listen, you need to sing!
So it came to pass that at the age of twelve she arrived at the famous Melborn Hotel in Bradford to play and sing at the weekly jam session. Helped and encouraged by all the musicians, she developed rapidly into a incredible rock and blues musician.
Now described as a "prodigy", a visit from a major label soon followed and at fourteen she was told "great voice, but girls don't play guitar like that!" by the head of their A&R. Their advise to change styles because boys would be intimidated was met with an attitude of "that's their problem! I'm not changing!" Singing and playing on national television and radio soon followed.
A meeting with two renowned producers soon lead to a change in direction from live performance to recording and writing. This coupled with exams and advice meant an end to live performing for most of the last four years. As seems common in the music industry, once lawyers get involved, things can get messy!!!!!
Now qualified at grade eight and the holder of the prize for outstanding musicianship at the world renowned Leeds College of Music for 2006/2007, a chance meeting with a well known local band saw Chantel back at what she does best! - singing and playing with feel to die for.
This has now lead to the formation of the “Chantel McGregor Band” a rock/blues trio, with Alex Jeffrey on bass and Martin Rushworth on drums.
Amps: Rivera R55 & R100 Combos & Rivera Knucklehead Stack
Guitars: Ernie Ball Musicman John Petrucci Signature Series
In recent years, Dallas-based guitarist Anson Funderburgh has taken his band the Rockets out of the clubs and onto the festival stages with his critically acclaimed recordings for the BlackTop label out of New Orleans. With Jackson, MS-native Sam Myers delivering the vocals and harmonica treatments, this band mixes up a powerful gumbo of Texas jump blues and Delta blues that can't be found anywhere else. Funderburgh & His Rockets are a particularly hard working band, performing across the U.S. and Europe nearly 300 nights a year.
Funderburgh was born November 15, 1954, and got hooked on the blues when he got his first guitar at age seven or eight. His first musical experiences happened in the clubs in Dallas. He developed his team approach to blues music while learning from the likes of Freddie King, Jimmy Reed, and Albert Collins when these great bluesmen were passing through Dallas-area clubs, but Funderburgh had already taught himself guitar mostly from listening to classic blues records. He never had the chance to see Muddy Waters, but he did get to play with Lightnin' Hopkins in the late '70s. Funderburgh formed the Rockets in 1978, but didn't meet Sam Myers until 1982.
Funderburgh recorded with the Fabulous Thunderbirds on their Butt Rockin' album, and went solo in 1981, when the New Orleans-based BlackTop label released Talk to You by Hand, the label's first release. Funderburgh added Myers on harmonica and lead vocals in 1986. Myers had traveled for years on the chitlin circuit, where he had the chance to accompany people like Elmore James and Robert Junior Lockwood. Funderburgh admits that adding Myers on vocals and harmonica was a turning point for the Rockets, partly because of the image they project from the stage, a big towering black man and three white guys backing him up. Funderburgh continued his association in the '90s with Black Top releasing Tell Me What I Want to Hear (1991), Live at Grand Emporium (1995), and That's What They Want (1997). After releasing nine albums on Black Top, in 1999 Funderburgh changed record labels with the release of Change in my Pocket for Bullseye Blues. At the beginning of the new millennium, Funderburgh is just coming into his prime by way of his songwriting talents, so his career deserves close watching in the coming years. The best is yet to come from this guitarist and bandleader.
"300 Pounds of Texas Dynamite"
This band overflowed the stage with it's own unique sound, persona and rattling six-guns blazing blues. It was a pitty to see Memo Gonzalez & The Bluescasters leave the groaning stage floor after such a bag full of stonkin' good R&B tunes.”
Blues Matters!, UK
Memo Gonzalez hat eine unglaublich starke Präsenz. Nichts ist aufgesetzt - alles echt, alles lässig, alles energiegeladen.
Bluesnews Magazine Germany
Dass das Quartett inzwischen zu den meistgefragten Blues-Bands in Europa zählt, ist nach dem Hören von „Live in the UK“ (Crosscut/in-akustik) leicht nachvollziehbar.
Blue Rhythm Magazine Germany