De Amerikaanse bluesformatie Heritage Blues Orchestra zal op vrijdag 15 maart 2013 een van de headliners zijn tijdens de 17e editie van de Southern Bluesnight.
De negenkoppige band treedt voor het eerst weer in Nederland op na het glorieuze optreden tijdens North Sea Jazz 2012. De show in Heerlen is het begin van een korte exclusieve tournee van de groep. De muzikanten van deze band zijn al vele jaren actief in de scene. Ze speelden in het verleden in acts als Five Blind Boys of Alabama en de Staple Singers.
Met hun alom bejubelde cd ‘And Still I Rise’ verraste de band de complete bluesscene met een sublieme en integere mix van stijlen uit de historie van de "African- American Legacy": Countryblues, worksongs en gospel, de sound van Chicago en de Mississippidelta krijgen een dampende en hartveroverende vertolking.
Het befaamde duo Hans Theesink & Terry Evans komt ook naar de Bluesnight. Hans maakte tientallen platen en komt naar Heerlen met vocalist Terry Evans, bekend van zijn eigen werk en als zanger bij Ry Cooder. Na ‘Visions’ in 2008 verrast het tweetal weer bijzonder aangenaam met het album ‘Delta Time’, waarop Ry Cooder ook meespeelt. U kunt rekenen op een set met pure magische rootsblues van twee prachtstemmen en de hartverwarmende technieken op de diverse gitaren van Hans. De lovende recensies stromen binnen, het blad ‘Blues & Soul Magazine’ waardeerde de nieuwe cd alvast met een 10 en Revolver's ‘Lust for Life’ gaf 4 sterren.
Een jam met artiesten van alle podia en gasten sluit tenslotte het festival af.
Het festival maakt weer een keuze uit internationale, nationale en regionale bands die spelen in de tradities van de bronnen van de ‘Southern Blues’ te weten Texas, Chicago, Piedmont, Louisiana en Mississippi. De concerten zijn verdeeld over 3 podia en uiteraard is er ook weer de bluesmarket met de zogenaamde ‘buskers’ (straatmuzikanten) die de oorspronkelijke blues van de straat doen herleven.
HERITAGE BLUES ORCHESTRA
A self-taught musician, Junior Mack is a gifted vocalist and guitarist. He has been playing since the age of nine and is equally at ease playing acoustic and electric styles. Junior started out on the guitar playing gospel - his road map being the early music of the Five Blind Boys Of Alabama with George Scott, Linwood Hargrove with the Swan Silvertones, Pops Staples of the Staple Singers, and the great Howard Carroll of the Dixie Humming-birds. His other influences are the country blues of Lightnin' Hopkins and the big city blues of Freddie King and B.B. King. Junior Mack has worked and collaborated with many major American recording artists including: Jaimoe's Jasssz Band, The Allman Brothers Band, Derek Trucks, Robert Randolph, Dickey Betts, Chaka Khan, Magic Slim, Joe Louis Walker, Honeyboy Edwards, Phillip Walker, Lucky Peterson, Eddie Kirkland, Jeff Healy and others.
BILL SIMS. JR.
Born into and raised by a sharecropping family in rural Georgia, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Bill Sims Jr. is an internationally respected master of the blues. He began playing piano at age four and by fourteen he was playing professionally in a rhythm and blues group. A Warner Bros. recording artist, Mr. Sims is also an accomplished musical director and has lent his talents to many theater and film productions in New York and the United States. His film credits include Lackawanna Blues, Miss Ruby's House, American Gangster, and the recent Cadillac Records. He was also the subject of a critically acclaimed PBS documentary, An American Love Story, in 1999. Mr Sims currently lives in NYC where he mentors a new generation of blues and roots musicians.
A native New Yorker and the descendant of music makers from Georgia, Florida and Ohio, Chaney’s voice is steeped in field hollers, work songs, spirituals, blues, soul and R&B. She is dedicated to sharing the significance of these unique art forms; exploring their influence on her voice as a queer woman of color; and revealing a broad spectrum of the blues, roots music and the American songbook. Chaney has performed at venues around the world including: Rhino Jazz Festival, Aulnay All Blues, The Blue Note, Joe's Pub and Terra Blues. She has also had the privilege of sharing the stage with some of her mentors and muses including: her father Bill Sims Jr., the late Odetta, Phylicia Rashad, recording legend Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Guy Davis, Staceyann Chin, Climbing Poetree and Ganessa James.
Placing the human factor at the heart of it all, and using music as a bridge between language and culture are the priorities of this highly-respected saxophonist, arranger and composer. At home in the jazz idiom, Bruno Wilhelm is a seasoned bandleader composer and arranger. He has led numerous original projects in straight-ahead and avant-garde Jazz. He composes and arranges for instrumentalists and vocalists across the musical spectrum including World, Hip-Hop and Rap as well as for theater and dance performance artists. He has also composed and played with various african artists in Western and Central Africa, and has worked as an arranger in classical music. He has collaborated with artists such as David Liebman, Chico Freeman, National Jazz Orchestra of France, Jean-Marc Padovani, Louis Sclavis and many others.
At the age of sixteen, Vincent Bucher learned to play the harmonica. He was discovered playing in the Paris Metro by American master harmonica player Sugar Blue, who encourages him to play professionally. Vincent is quickly recognized as a harp player of extraordinary talent and begins accompanying blues greats including: Louisiana Red, Jimmy Johnson, Sonny Rhodes and many others. He records with French blues stars Bill Deraime and Patrick Verbeke, as well as pop and rock music star CharlElie Couture. For two decades, he led his own groups, and played extensively with Blues, Roots and World artists throughout Europe, Africa and the United States. More recently, Vincent toured with his own group as well as with the Franco-Malgache artist Tao Ravao, the Legendary Malian singer-guitarist Boubacar Traoré and other notable African musicians. Considered one of the most accomplished harmonica players anywhere, he is a singer, composer, songwriter and arranger who uses his unique versatility and experience to explore the kinship between African music and the Blues.
KENNY "BEEDY EYES" SMITH
Widely considered the top traditional Chicago-blues drummer on the scene today and son of legendary ex-Muddy Waters drum man Willie “Big Eyes’’ Smith, Kenny is currently the most sought-after blues session drummer in Chicago. Some of his recording credits—over 50 albums—and touring engagements include Pinetop Perkins, Homesick James, Buddy Guy, Chicago Blues: A Living History, Honeyboy Edwards, Henry Townsend, Jody Williams, Big Jack Johnson, Aaron Burton, Lurrie Bell, Dave Myers, Kim Wilson, Paul deLay, Junior Wells, the Legendary Blues Band and many others. Kenny's talents as a drummer are not restricted to any one style of music—he is equally as comfortable in other musical genres including R&B, Soul, Jazz.
We've already had an American in Paris, but a Dutchman in Vienna? And one who has dedicated himself, body and soul, to American blues and roots music? Okay, Hans Theessink (pronounced Tay-sink) did not pick the easiest way to do this, but he has done so with a certain degree of single-mindedness.
Like others of his generation, in the early 1960‘s a love of the Blues took hold of the man whom Bo Diddley described as "one helluva guitar player", and it has not let go since. Above all, the country blues with its earthy and heartfelt sound impressed Hans Theessink and played a major role in his development as a musician. His roots are unmistakenly in the blues, but has also been influenced by countless other aspects of roots music. This musical variety has become a trademark of Hans Theessink, who as a songwriter has succeeded in building bridges to the present in addressing issues which reflect the reality of the here and now.
Hans is probably Europe's bluesexport Nr.1 - one of the top blues and roots musicians worldwide who has entertained audiences around the globe during a musical career that spans over more than 35 years. The world's leading bluespaper - US magazine Blues Revue wrote: "Hans Theessink is an international blues treasure. He is one of the world's pre-eminent country pickers and his warm baritone expresses blues".
Theessink's first recording was an EP in 1970. Since then his music has continually developed and so far Hans has released 20 albums, a songbook, a blues-guitar instruction video and a DVD. His CDs are guaranteed award winners. "Banjoman", the tribute project to Derroll Adams, that Hans produced with Arlo Guthrie, was recently nominated for a Grammy.
In 2004 Hans got the Austrian Amadeus award for "Songs from the Southland", a tribute to the music of the American South - a constant source of inspiration and companion on his musical journey. A Danish Music Award for best bluesalbum followed in 2005. His most recent CD "Bridges" - a recording with the new Hans Theessink Band, is again nominated for the Amadeus in the category best Blues-, Jazz-, Roots-, Folk-album. Hans' latest work is a DVD "Live in Concert" - "A Blues & Roots Revue" - it shows the Hans Theessink Band in action + lots of other special features. Hans' productions are known for their excellent sound quality and are also in big demand in HiFi circles.
Through his unmistakable guitarwork, sonorous baritone voice and stage presence, Hans has attained a status which is unique for a European. He has performed at many of the most prominent North American music festivals such as the "New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival", the "Chicago Blues Festival", the "Kerville Folk Festival", the "Toronto Soul & Blues Festival", the "Kansas City Blues & Jazz Festival", the "Edmonton Folk Festival", the "St.Louis Blues & Heritage Festival", the "King Biscuit Blues Festival", the "Woody Guthrie Festival" and the "Ultimate Rhythm and Blues Cruise" to name a few.
Hans Theessink has become one of the most sought-after artists of the international blues scene. He is more or less constantly "on tour" and plays an average of 200 concerts a year - a modern day troubadour and entertainer who keeps on spellbinding audiences all over the world with his rich and emotional sounds.
His musical journey began in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in the heart of the Delta, where he was born. He was in the church choir as a young person and used to sing tenor, baritone and bass. He jokes that he wasn't allowed to sing the "rough stuff" like rock and roll in those days and that he was only allowed to sing gospel. He'd have to "slip away" to sing secular songs. Terry secretly listened to people like Elmore James, Little Walter, Albert King and B.B. King, to name a few. It was then that he decided he wanted be a soul singer.
In the sixties, Terry worked with an a cappella group called The Knights, touring throughout the South in clubs and juke joints. From there Terry was lured to the west coast where he first picked up the guitar, started writing music and soon became a prolific songwriter. Pops Staples as well as the late, great Louis Jordan (among others) have recorded his songs.
Long before Terry made his first recording fronting his own band, music fans were probably well acquainted with his amazing voice. For years, the soulful singer was one of Los Angeles' foremost session vocalists, receiving a gold record for his work on John Fogarty's "Eye of the Zombie" and recording with Ry Cooder, Joan Armatrading, John Lee Hooker, Boz Scaggs, Maria Muldaur, Pops Staples, and many other well respected artists.
He teamed up with singer Bobby King in the early seventies; they toured as a duo, appearing at many prestigious clubs and festivals. In 1976 when Ry Cooder was looking for background singers, Bobby King recommended Terry. Their distinctive voices became a feature of several of Ry's critically acclaimed albums, including "Chicken Skin Music," "Get Rhythm," "Show Time," and "Slide Area." Bobby and Terry were still touring as a duo during this time. Terry sang lead vocal on "Down in Mississippi" on the "Crossroads" movie soundtrack album, with Ry singing the title song. In the actual film, Terry sings the title song. Terry toured with Ry Cooder throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan and credits Ry for being a great inspiration to him in his musical efforts since being in California.
In addition to his work with other artists, Terry recorded two albums with Bobby King, as well as eight of his own. He is now touring with his own band, and is recording a new CD for 2008.
Ry Cooder has said that he always thought that his long time singer, Terry Evans, made a better "front man." To see him perform is to understand why. Terry is one of the most dynamic soul and blues singers performing today, writing and singing about all aspects of human emotion, and creating a connection with his audience in the process.
Nog meer Chicagoblues op de Bluesnight! Zanger-gitarist Khalif is geboren in Chicago en groeide er op met de blues, jazz en soul die hij thuis hoorde. Hij speelt zijn expressieve "ass shakin' boogie" in een stijl die herinnert aan die van zijn grote voorbeelden: oom en mentor Carl Weathersby, Freddie King, Albert King en Albert Collins. Hij toerde jaren in de band van Lonnie Brooks, stond diverse malen op het Chicago Blues Festival, begeleidde BB King's dochter Shirley en deelde ook het podium met o.a. Taj Mahal, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells en Jimmie Vaughan.
“Ass-Shakin’ Boogie Blues” Showcase Chicago Magazine Khalif “Wailin’ “ Walter lit up the Chicago Blues music scene with his unique style of boogie Blues. He now calls the European market his home base where he was received warmly after several short tour stints there as a sideman. Khalif “Wailin ’” Walter’s stormy guitar work and brash New Orleans style vocals, generate the band’s traditional down-home sound, reminiscent of greats like Freddie King, Albert King, and Albert Collins. Fused with contemporary style and innovative original arrangements, Khalif “Wailin’ “ Walter delivers foot stomping finger snapping Blues that sets the roof on fire. Where have you seen him? Khalif “Wailin’ “ Walter appeared regularly on the Chicago Blues circuit, and performs in venues and festivals throughout the U.S. & E.U. Recent performance highlights include: - The 2001, 2003 & 2007 Chicago Blues Festival - Headlining or Featured Festival Artist in the U.K., Spain, Croatia, Italy, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Poland, Czech Republik, Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia - A global internet concert, broadcast live from Chicago Blues institution Kingston Mines - Internet & Radio airplay of the 2007 released CD “Let Me Say That Again” on stations throughout North and South America, Australia, & Europe - A showcase in front of over 22,000 people at one of Michael Jordan’s final playoff appearances at the United Center in Chicago Khalif “Wailin’ “ Walter is a guitarist, singer, bandleader, and songwriter. He received a BA in Jazz performance from Chicago’s Roosevelt University and his minor concentration of study was African-American History. Khalif “Wailin’ “ Walter has toured with and performed under the tutelage of his uncle and mentor, 12-time W.C. Handy nominee Carl Weathersby, culminating in a performance in front of over 10,000 at the Cincinnati Blues Festival. Khalif was a 4 year band alumnus of 2-time Grammy nominee Lonnie Brooks Band and completed a 2002 European tour with him. Khalif has accompanied B.B. King’s daughter Shirley King as her bandleader throughout the U.S. Khalif has appeared on stage with such Blues giants as Grammy Winner Taj Mahal, Grammy Winner Otis Rush, The Jimmy Vaughan Band, The Buddy Guy Band, Junior Wells, Bernard Allison, Grammy winner and W.C Handy winner Pinetop Perkins, 2-time Grammy nominee Billy Branch, Grammy Winner Sugar Blue, Larry McCray, Paul Lamb, Tad Robinson, Keith Dunn, Louisiana Red, and A.C.Reed.
Khalif Wailin' Walter - guitar, vocals
Mo Fuhrhop - Hammond B3 organ
Daniel Hopf - bass
Alex Lex – drums
Facebook Khalif Wailin Walter
Het gezaghebbende blad Living Blues publiceerde in juni 2012 een uitgebreid coverartikel over Larry, de oudste zoon van Muddy Waters, die met zijn cd 'Son Of The Seventh Son' overtuigend in de voetsporen trad van zijn legendarische pa. Larry, oftewel Mud (Chicago 1954) is sinds hij optrad op het Chicago Blues Festival uitgegroeid tot een topartiest, net als zijn jongere broer Big Bill Morganfield overigens. Mud's cd werd geproduceerd door Bob Corritore en in slechts 2 dagen opgenomen en is een perfecte plaat in de traditionele West Side stijl. Puur, energiek en met respect voor de roemruchte Chess periode. Vader Muddy is vast trots "up in heaven" en de Southern Bluesnight prijst zich bijzonder gelukkig hem op het festival te kunnen presenteren. De leden van zijn begeleidingsband zijn door Mud persoonlijk geselecteerd uit de beste begeleiders uit de UK. Live een absolute, unieke belevenis!
Muddy Waters or Mud Morganfield? It’s almost impossible to tell. Of course, nothing would please Mud more than hearing people say he sounds just like his late father “Muddy Waters” on the track “Loco Motor” from his new album Son Of The Seventh Son.
Naturally, Mud, the eldest son of legendary bluesman “Muddy Waters”, was drawn to music at an early age. He learned to make the best of his famous father’s hectic touring schedule, seeing Muddy only during brief respites at home in Chicago. Ever the devoted father, Muddy bought his son a drum set every Christmas, which Mud learned to play at age seven. Later, he switched to bass guitar while delving into songwriting.
Mud and his younger brother, noted blues singer and guitarist “Big” Bill Morganfield, entertained the idea of becoming professional musicians after Muddy’s death in 1983. Blues fans were introduced to Mud at a tribute concert to his father in 2007, but his performance at the Chicago Blues Festival that same year brought him instant recognition.
Mud, now 57, composed most of the songs on his new album Son Of The Seventh Son, including “Blues In My Shoes.” He also performs the Muddy Waters tune, “You Can’t Lose What You Ain’t Never Had.” According to producer and harmonica player Bob Corritore, the CD “brings you the great Mud Morganfield in all his glory.” It was recorded in Chicago and features some of the city’s top blues musicians.
Mud is taking his recent surge in popularity in stride. “When I’m up on stage I always feel pops is there with me, and it means so much that I can get on stage and keep his music alive around the world,” he says.
Mud Morganfield - vocals
Ronni Boysen - guitar
Ian Jennings - bass
Mike Hellier - drums
Samuel “Harmonica Sam” Andersson - harmonica
James Harman uit Atlanta is een unieke bluesman. Actief sinds 1962 toert hij als zeer prominent mondharmonicaspeler, zanger, showman, componist , producer en bandleider over de wereld. Zijn vrienden van Canned Heat spoorden hem ooit aan naar Californië te komen. Het bleek de start van een grote carrière. In zijn band speelden o.a. Gene Taylor, Phil Alvin, Kid Ramos en Hollywood Fats. Speciaal Voor de Bluesnight selecteerde hij een ultiem gezelschap: Gene Taylor, Boyd Small, Erkan Ozdemir en als speciale gast supergitarist Enrico Crivellaro. Een aangenaam weerzien in Heerlen met de heren. Een ware blues "supergroup". Jump, swing, "rollickin' lowdown jukejointblues" van het allerhoogste niveau. De Southern Bluesnight biedt een unieke kans deze topformatie te beleven!
JAMES HARMAN was born and raised in Anniston, Alabama-quickly picked up on the black blues and soul music being played on juke boxes and the radio-sang in the church choir until age 16 when his family moved to Panama City Florida, where he found himself surrounded by like-minded blues lovers. Wearing a fake moustache, young James slipped into a still quite segregated black nightclub to see Little Junior Parker’s show. He was totally overtaken by the blues and soon became a regular, known as “That boy who sings like a man” by patrons.
While still in his teens, he started playing juke joints and dance clubs throughout the South.
Hs performances became legendary-he was “tapped” by talent scouts, signed and taken to Atlanta, Georgia in 1964 to begin his recording career at age 18. He had a series of nine singles (45 RPM records) released during the mid to late 60's on obscure southern labels. He tried several restarts in new home bases including Chicago in ’65-New York in ’66-Miami in ’68 and New Orleans in ‘69.
During his stay in Miami Harman was befriended by fellow record collectors Henry Vestine, Alan Wilson and Bob Hite of Canned Heat, who persuaded him to move to California, promising to help him get re-started. Harman made his move to SoCal in 1970, and true to their word, Canned Heat insisted on Harman’s Icehouse Blues Band as their opening act on many big shows. Ice House Blues Band became established at venues such as The Golden Bear, The Ash Grove, The Troubadour and The Lighthouse, which all booked real blues artists.
James Harman was soon in demand for his own shows, as well as backing every living blues artist who came through the Los Angeles area without a band. He also opened literally hundreds of shows for artist who did have their own band. Icehouse Blues Band was a real working blues band. In 1978 James tired of using band names and started billing his act as James Harman Band.
Some alumni include Phil Alvin, Bill Bateman, Gene Taylor, David “Kid” Ramos, Michael “Hollywood Fats” Mann, Stephen Taylor Hodges and Jeff “Big Dad” Turmes. All of these players did long stints in the Harman Band. James is often cited as a band leader who gave many now famous bluesmen their start. Harman stopped ground touring in 2000 and now only takes blues festival dates around the world. During the past dozen years Nathan James has been Harman’s regular band guitar player, as well as his favorite! Nathan is also James’ recording engineer and co-producer on his own projects, as well as projects they produce for other artists.
James Harman’s side project: Bamboo Porch features guitarist Nathan James playing rollicking, low-down, juke-joint blues over James Michael Tempo’s Afro-Cuban percussion and Troy Sandow’s sparse, pulsating acoustic bass. Through his long career starting in the early 60’s James Harman has built up an enormous song catalog and had 17 of his original songs used in movies and television. He has been nominated for 19 pestiferous W. C. Handy (Blues Foundation) awards. He was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, and he is the harmonica player of choice on many ZZ Top releases, as well as live with them on many international TV shows. James Harman has had over 30 releases on many different labels; he currently tours every spring, summer and fall, working in as many as 23 different countries. Harman is a one of a kind song writer, producer, musician, showman, vocalist and internationally known bluesman.
James Harman - vocals, harmonica
Gene Taylor - keys
Enrico Crivellaro - guitar
Boyd Small - drums
Erkan Ozdemir – bass
Singer-songwriter David Philips speelt akoestische roots, blues en americana op gitaar, 3 string cigarbox gitaar, ukelele en lapstyle dobro. Zijn cd 'The Rooftop Recordings', opgenomen zonder overdubs, kreeg louter lovende kritieken. Een prachtig, verfrissend nieuw talent. Solo, puur. Misschien wel de verrassing van de Bluesnight dit jaar.
MATHIEU PESQUÉ & ROLL PIGNAULT
Dit duo speelt traditionele blues uit de Mississippidelta en folk, hier en daar gemengd met invloeden van Keltische rock in een treffende combinatie van bluesharp en lapsteel gitaar. De stijl doet denken aan bijvoorbeeld Robert Johnson, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Skip James en zelfs Ben Harper, maar blijft een eigen karakter houden.
Mathieu Pesqué - steelguitar, banjo, vocals
Roll Pignault - harmonica, vocals
Een project van multi muzikant en performer Ad van Meurs (The Watchman, Folk Survival Club, No Blues). De nadruk ligt dit keer op "gruizige" blues en rock and roll met een hard folky inslag. Swampy, energiek, zowel elektrisch als akoestisch! De Easy Riders van de Peel, met een kroegmaat, een jeugdvriend en zoon Dylan op drums!
Ad van Meurs - vocals, acoustic & slide guitars
Erwin Verlangen - leadguitar
Wim van den Hout - bass
Dylan van Meurs - drums
Ankie Keultjens - vocals
The Watchman (Ad van Meurs)