Mavis Staples Met gepaste trots kondigen wij de komst van niemand minder dan Mavis Staples aan. Deze levende legende is niet alleen beroemd geworden met The Staples Singers, maar zeker ook door haar solo carrière. Komt dat zien in Ospel! On their second collaboration, legendary singer Mavis Staples and Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy have crafted a gospel album for the 21st century, a music that strives for faith in a world where nothing can be taken for granted. On One True Vine, Mavis Staples gives voice to something new in her repertoire, something deeper and more resonant with our times; longtime fans will notice a new reserve in her singing, a muted, plaintive quality that serves the darker, more nuanced songs collected here perfectly. If her Stax hits spoke for a growing black social consciousness, and her seventies collaborations with the Band and others gave spiritual weight to the rediscovery of tradional American music, then in our post-millenial drift, Jeff Tweedy has crafted a pulpit from which Mavis lends her voice to a search for grace.
Guy Verlinde After years of hard work Lightnin'Guy Verlinde is the Belgian blues pride. And even it may sound like a dusty cliché but he's by far he is "the hardest working performer" within the Belgian blues scene. In five years time: he released 6 albums; signed a record deal with the prestigious labels Parsifal (B) & Dixefrog Records (FR); in 2011 he won the Belgian Blues Awards and represented Belgium at the European Blues Challenge '12 in Berlin (D). Since a few years the European blues scene also discovered Lightnin' Guy Verlinde after several tours in Holland, Germany, France, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, Slowakia, Luxembourg, Lightnin' Guy Verlinde not only tours non-stop with his band "The Mighty Gators", but also performs as a "One Man Band" with his resonator & Weissenborn guitars & an old suitcase as a drumkit. Since 2011 he founded the only Hound Dog Taylor tribute band in Europe, to keep the legacy of Hound Dog Taylor alive. As he once got infected by the blues at a young age, Lightnin' Guy Verlinde also wants to introduce the blues to youngster. Therefore he has a "Blues in Schools" project. And he organizes two times a month a blues jam session in his home town Ghent for young blues musicians. As his slide guitar & harp style are very emotional, unique & authentic, a Lightnin' Guy Verlinde show is always very energetic. As he says:" In a world of plastic & virtuality, people want real things". A Lightnin' Guy Verlinde show is all about energy and total surrender to the audience. This makes him a real crowd pleaser. As a young blues musicians he already played the support act for great blues artists as: B.B. King (US), John Fogerty (US), Keb' Mo' (US), Kenny Wayne Sheppard (US), Jimmy Vaughan (US), Jim Shuler (US), Lucky Peterson (US), Otis Taylor (US), Ian siegal (UK), Shemekia Copeland (US), … In 2010 he recorded with Texan Blues artist Guy Forsyth (US) the album Banana Peel Sessions and in 2011 he toured Europe with his Chicago slide guitar hero Studebaker John.
WB & The Mercenaries
The Boom Band The band is the brain-child of guitarist Matt Taylor of The Motives and Snowy White Blues Project, and drummer Steve Rushton who you may have seen regularly playing with Imelda May and on Jeff Beck’s Rock’n’Roll Party. Matt and Steve did a few gigs together in 2012 and decided to get their own project together. They managed to enlist the services of Jon Amor, Marcus Bonfanti and Mark Butcher on guitars and vocals, Paddy Milner on keys and vocals and Scott Wiber on bass. Yes that’s right, four guitarists! There’s an album in the can following various sessions during the second half of 2014 and we’re hoping to release something by Spring. The material is an eclectic mix, with everybody contributing songs and sharing lead vocal duties. There is in parts a strong flavour of blues, southern rock, a healthy dose of country, funk and even a smattering of retro-pop! A first-class collection of tunes which were great fun to record and we’re very eager to get them out there for you good people to enjoy.
Dry Riverbed Trio Dit trio onder de bezielende leiding van oude bekende Dusty Ciggaar brengt ons terug naar de 40's en 50's. Dry Riverbed Trio brengt een swingende mix van authentieke blues en rockabilly naar Ospel!
John The Conqueror Dit bluestrio heeft de magie van de man naar wie de band is vernoemd. De heren van John the Conqueror komen in mei gegarandeerd ook Ospel veroveren!
Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson Dit Australisch-Ierse echtpaar brengt hun 'old time raggedy blues' naar het Moulin Blues café in Ospel. Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson staan garant voor een authentiek en puur optreden!
Daddy Longlegs Dat er in het Moulin Blues café dit jaar ook weer genoeg te ontdekken en genieten valt, wordt in ieder geval alvast bewezen door de komst van het New Yorkse trio Daddy Long Legs. 'It sweats, bleeds, shouts and stomps real-deal roots and blues! New York City’s most blueswailing trio, have been spreading their gospel throughout the globe since the release of their debut album ‘EVIL EYE ON YOU’ (2012/Norton Records). Now the boys return with their second full length offering, ‘BLOOD FROM A STONE’ – 13 stunning new studio tracks produced by Matt Verta-Ray (Heavy Trash), which sees the band maintain the wild, raw energy of their first record, but reveal a growth in both songwriting and production. The end result is the original, unbeatable, revival-tent mayhem that alternately sweats, bleeds, shouts and stomps real-deal roots and blues. Daddy Long Legs’ new album, ‘BLOOD FROM A STONE’ is released June 10th through Norton Records – you too shall be converted!
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Ralph de Jongh (NL) De blues stroomt koninklijk door de aderen van de in 1975 in Roosendaal geboren Ralph de Jongh. Als kind was Ralph een slechte slaper, wat hij deed was met een radiootje onder de dekens blues luisteren en zong mee tot de zangvogels het ‘s ochtends van hem overnamen. Op 15 jarige leeftijd kocht Ralph van zijn eerst verdiende geld zijn eerste gitaar. Na een aantal gitaarlessen gaf zijn gitaarleraar het alweer op; Ralph was inmiddels beter geworden dan zijn leraar. 365 dagen per jaar hield de gitaar Ralph in zijn greep en hij werd daarmee één van de meest bijzondere en talentvolste bluesartiesten die Nederland rijk is. In 2004 werd Ralph opgepikt door niemand minder dan Harry Muskee, die Ralphs talent erkende en werd geraakt door zijn muziek. Muskee nam Ralph mee op tournee als voorprogramma van zijn Cuby & The Blizzards, waarmee hij een grote groep trouwe fans vergaarde. Het ging uitstekend met de carrière van Ralph. Ralph wint de Dutch Blues Award 2011 voor Beste Vocalist. Maar ineens verdwijnt Ralph de Jongh eind 2012 uit beeld. Een fysieke burn out luidt het commentaar. 2013 was een slecht jaar voor Ralph, maar hij is een vechter en kondigde onlangs zijn come back aan! Een nieuw album Ill en een nieuwe tour! En in 2014 wint hij weer The Dutch Blues Challenge. En op 19 maart 2015 staat de release van Sun Coming Up alweer gepland in de North Sea Jazz Club en VANSLAG. Ralph de Jongh, the Dutch singer/songwriter and great Dutch blues discovery of the 21st century, winner Dutch Blues Award 2011 and Dutch Blues Challenge 2014, as if in a trance, reveals the very depths of his soul in his concerts and recordings. In a style in which only Ralph de Jongh can perform, in a phenomenal atmosphere of sound, we dream back to the times of pre-war blues and the sixties of Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. Experience the incredibly beautiful portrait of a phenomenon. This is pure….This is Ralph de Jongh….This is Emotion.
Selwyn Birchwood (USA) Selwyn Birchwood, Florida’s rising young blues fireball, is a guitar and lap-steel-playing bundle of pure energy. He delivers his original songs with a revival tent preacher’s fervor and a natural storyteller’s charisma made all the more impactful by his raw, unvarnished vocals. Birchwood plays high-octane blues – at once deeply rooted, funky and up-to-the-minute – with true passion and honest emotion. With his band feeding off his drive and exuberance, the striking 6’3” 29-year-old with his trademark Afro roams the stage (often barefoot), ripping out memorable guitar licks with ease. His ability to win over an audience – any audience – is proven night after night on the bandstand. With his warm, magnetic personality, Birchwood is as down-to-earth as his music is fun, thought-provoking and vital. His mission is to spread his music far and wide, to share his joy, to play his heart out, and to push the blues into the future. “There’s nothing I’d rather be doing than playing the blues,” he says. “And I try to convey that with every song and with every performance.” In 2013, Birchwood catapulted from local hero to shooting star. He won the world-renowned International Blues Challenge, beating out 125 other bands from the U.S. and abroad. He also took home the Albert King Guitarist Of The Year Award. It wasn’t long before Alligator Records president Bruce Iglauer offered Birchwood a contract. His debut album, Don’t Call No Ambulance, is a fully realized vision of contemporary blues. Birchwood’s original songs range from raucous romps to hill country stomps, from searing, serious slow blues to modern blues rock. Between his uninhibited sense of fun and adventure and his serious-as-a-heart-attack musicianship, Don’t Call No Ambulance is a window into the future of the blues. “All originals and no filler,” he says of the album. “It’s that genuineness of emotion in the songs that people can hear.” The Tampa Tribune says Birchwood plays with “power and precision reminiscent of blues guitar hero Buddy Guy. He is a gritty vocalist [who is] commanding with his axe.” According to Iglauer, Birchwood is the real deal. “Selwyn Birchwood is a terrific young blues talent with a huge future. He writes smart, infectious, fresh songs and delivers them with a warm, conversational vocal style and a fun-loving attitude. He’s a killer guitarist, switching between a regular six-string and lap steel. Live, he’s a ball of energy, interacting with the audience like they were in his living room. Selwyn is destined to be one of the next stars in the blues world.” Birchwood, his father from Tobago, his mother from the UK, was born in 1985 in Orlando, Florida. He first grabbed a guitar at age 13 and soon became proficient at mimicking what he heard on the radio. But the popular grunge rock, hip-hop and metal of the 1990s didn’t move him, and he quickly grew bored. And then he heard Jimi Hendrix. “He was larger than life. What he did was mind-blowing. When I realized Hendrix was influenced by the blues, I found my path,” he says. By 17 he was deep into the blues, listening to Albert King, Freddie King, Albert Collins, Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins and especially Buddy Guy. As luck would have it, just as Birchwood was discovering Guy, the blues master had a concert scheduled in Orlando. Birchwood was there, front and center. “I was floored,” he recalls. “I completely connected with the blues. I knew I had to make this music.” As Selwyn’s guitar proficiency grew, a friend told him that his neighbor was a blues guitarist and had a band. The 19-year-old Selwyn went over to check it out and jam. The guitar-playing neighbor turned out to be the Texas-born blues legend Sonny Rhodes, who was instantly impressed with the enthusiastic young guitar slinger. Within one month’s time, Rhodes asked Birchwood to pack his bags and join him on the road. It was an incredible experience for Birchwood, as Rhodes took the youngster under his wing, not only teaching him guitar and lap steel, but also how to conduct business, how to run a band, how to reach an audience. “Sonny always said, ‘Play what’s in your heart.’ I’ve never lost sight of that,” says Birchwood. Rhodes insisted Birchwood go to college and always held the guitar spot in his band open for Selwyn whenever he was available. It was a win-win situation, as Birchwood – through hard work and scholarships – received his MBA from The University of Tampa. “I challenged myself to get that degree,” Birchwood says. "These days, it's not good enough to just be a good player.” Combining the musical lessons learned from Rhodes and his business acumen, Birchwood, now living in Tampa, formed the current version of The Selwyn Birchwood Band in 2010. The band, with the same members still together today, features veteran musicians older than Selwyn, testifying to Selwyn’s musical chops and his leadership skills. On stage, they play off each other with ease, feeding each other energy, sharing the fun with the audience. In 2011 the self-released FL Boy helped the band land gigs outside of their Tampa home, where they were becoming local heroes. Birchwood and his band won their way to spots at the 2012 and 2013 International Blues Challenges in Memphis. After taking ninth place in 2012, they came back determined the next year, taking first place. Alligator Records president Bruce Iglauer was sitting at the judges table at the time. “I saw Selwyn’s potential in 2012. He absolutely deserved to win in 2013,” he says. The victory opened more doors for Birchwood, increased his exposure and helped the band land a deal with Intrepid Artists booking agency, which led to more and better gigs. The Selwyn Birchwood Band has been touring non-stop since winning the IBC. The band has performed at festivals including The Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, Springing The Blues Festival, The Tampa Bay Blues Festival, The North Atlantic Blues Festival, The King Biscuit Blues Festival as well as on The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. Birchwood has opened for major blues stars including Robert Cray and Buddy Guy and has shared the stage with another friend and teacher, Joe Louis Walker (who guests on Don’t Call No Ambulance’s The River Turned Red). He recently had the opportunity, when performing in San Francisco, to bring his friend and mentor Sonny Rhodes on stage to sit in with his band. It was a moment Birchwood will never forget. “He did so much for me; it was a real honor to return the favor, if only a little.” With Don’t Call No Ambulance, Selwyn Birchwood steps onto the world stage, bringing a new wave of blues to a new generation of blues fans. “If I can play my music, travel the world, bring happiness to people, then I’m blessed and happy,” he says. “It’s like Sonny always told me, ‘If you follow your heart, you’ll always get what you want.’”
The 44's feat Kid Ramos (USA) The 44's are a Los Angeles-based band who play blues-roots-rock music. The 44's are one the brightest rising stars on the American blues roots scene. Make no mistake about it. The raw rough and tough sounds generated by these four expert musicians during live performances and in the making of their Sophomore album Americana, on the Rip Cat label, demands to be heard by Blues music fans World Wide. They evidence a genuine gift for creating blues in the moment while at the same time showing loyalty to a remarkable blues-and-r&b tradition that goes back decades through the James Harman Band and the Red Devils to storied greats like Howlin' Wolf, Albert Collins, and Muddy Waters. They've become a favorite band of club and festival crowds across North America. The 44's seem to be literally exploding across the Blues scene as a fully formed and functional unit commanding audiences with their in your face, yet highly contagious musical sound. Their first Release "Boogie Disease", Was self produced for $800 with the Help of Guitar Great Kid Ramos (The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Mannish Boys) and was quickly snatched up and issued on Rip Cat Records, hitting a peak position of No. 12 on the national Living Blues radio charts and No.2 on BB King Bluesville Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. Critical praise and industry recognition from the blues community soon followed. American Blues News Awarded the Band with The Best Blues Band of 2011 and Blues Underground Network Awarded the Band with Best Debut Album. They play vintage instruments and channel a blues style of winning quartet. Each band member is in fine form. Johnny Main grounds his outstanding singing and guitar playing in real experience--his talent's as honest as the day is long. Mike Hightower on bass; the latest addition, brings his years of experience with Johnny Mastro and Mama’s Boys and the Lester Butler and 13 to hold down the bottom end with some greasy glue. Drummer J. R. Lozano, behind his Vintage Ludwig Kit, is as solid as any you'll hear, calibrating rhythmic flow with alertness and intelligence. The latest addition, Jacob Huffman, harmonica, adds excitement and energy in the west coast style that he learned from his mentor Rod Piazza. For their one-of-a-kind blues, The 44's successfully mine the tension. Kid Ramos say's of his experience with The 44's "They play like their life depends on it and you can quote me" American Blues News Says "One of the Hardest working, hardest playing blues outfits anywhere." Touring Non-stop since 2010, they've garnered a whole new generation of first-time young blues- roots fans, as well as older ones who recognize the talents of these four musicians. The 44's are at the top of their game and with the much anticipated Sophomore Release "Americana" on Rip Cat Records. They have brought together a top notch cast of characters. Kid Ramos joins the band in the producer's chair and Guest Guitar Appearances. The Mixing Chair is being filled by the Legendary David Z (Credits Include Buddy Guy, Etta James, John Mayall).
Kent Burnside feat JJ Holiday & Jimmie Wood (USA) Kent grew up in a family of professional musicians, where the range of styles spanned vaudeville, big bands, classical, country, and church music. His first performances were drumming for old-fashioned revival services. As a teenager he discovered the guitar, which quickly became his instrument of choice. His performance credits include years of country, rock, and soul, but today he primarily performs and composes jazz and acoustic music. His influences include Kenny Burrell, Ed Bickert, Pat Metheny, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Stan Getz, Paul Desmond, John Renbourn, Will Ackerman, and Muriel Anderson, to name only a few. Kent has been fortunate to work with many world-class artists in a variety of styles, such as Greg Abate, Hank Marr, Stacy Dillard, Diane Marino, Stella Parton, Lucie Diamond, and Louise Mosrie. He performs regularly throughout the Nashville area, both as a leader and as a sideman. Kent also teaches privately and at The JAM summer arts camp
The Hightones (S) The Hightones is a Swedish blues and rock n' roll band, formed in 2012 in Karlstad. The band originally started off as a trio with Pierre Sjöholm on vocals/guitar, Lucas Lindstedt on drums and Daniel Fredriksson on bass. Later that year they were joined by Fredrick Karlsson on piano who would soon become the fourth member of the band. As for the bands repertoire most of the material are original songs written by Pierre Sjöholm, and in 2013 eleven of these songs were recorded on their first record Oh baby me too at Strawberry Music Studios. Their record has received great reviews from Blues & Rhythm Magazine and Jefferson Blues Magazine where the latter defines the band's sound as: "Traditional blues in various tempos, rockin' boogie and an honest, genuine sound". Personell:
Pierre Sjöholm, vocals, guitar
Daniel Fredriksson, bass
Lucas Lindstedt, brums
Fredrick Karlsson, piano
Matt Andersen & The Mellotones (CAN) Matt Andersen has plied his trade as a soulful blues and folk songsmith over seven albums with his trademark low-key modesty and lack of fanfare. Weightless—his eighth album, produced by Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin—finds the New Brunswick-bred Andersen broadening his appeal while solidifying his status as one of the country's most engaging songwriters. Although Andersen is known for his guitar chops and huge shout of a blues voice, Weightless ranges from soul/gospel melodies to reggae grooves and country ballads, as pedal-steel and organ grooves snuggle behind Andersen’s immaculate guitar playing. True to his first love, the blues, tales of pain and redemption and abound as he welds classic musical traditions to the current challenges of being alive. Whether telling the all- too-common tale of Maritimers heading west, or blasting a rockabilly ode to a battered rust-belt town, Andersen holds the music, and his audience, in the capable palm of his hand. He’ll be gracing the stage with his full band, including a four-piece horn section. If there were a roof to be raised, this band would be the group to bet on.
Mr. Sipp (USA) Castro Coleman a-k-a Mr. Sipp "The Mississippi Blues Child". Born August 25, 1976 to Johnelle and the late Vera Coleman in the small town of McComb, MS. He began playing the guitar at the tender age of 6. Due to hard work and perseverance, Mr. Sipp has become an awesome vocalist, songwriter, musician, composer, producer and entertainer. Above all of that, Mr. Sipp is a God fearing family man. Castro has over 125 credits and has played on over 50 national recordings with several Grammy nominated projects. He has traveled to Russia, Germany and other countries spreading his gift of music. Mr. Sipp is the 2014 International Blues Challenge Winner, 2014 Gibson Best Guitarist Award Winner, 2014 Jus' Blues Bobby Rush Entertainers Award Recipient. Mr. Sipp was also casted in the recently released James Brown movie, "Get on Up". Mr. Sipp's favorite quote, "I'm living to love the life that I live, Music!!!!"
Devon Allman Band (USA) Guitarist and songwriter Devon Allman is the son of musician Gregg Allman and hails from Corpus Christi, Texas. He is the leader of Devon Allman's Honeytribe, whose first incarnation was born in 1999. Honeytribe's hard-edged and spacious blues-based rock, displayed in powerful live shows, quickly led to them becoming hometown favorites. They won the Riverfront Times Jam Band of the Year award. After recording demos and playing some festivals, Allman disbanded the group in order to spend time at home with his newborn son. He continued to play local and regional solo acoustic shows and write songs. In 2002, he appeared as a guest vocalist on Pinkeye d'Gekko's Rhythm & Westrn. In 2003 he, Randy Cash, Brian Breckle, and Mark Oyarzabal recorded the album Somewhere Between Day and Night as Ocean Six. Allman re-formed Honeytribe in 2005 with its original cast. They recorded Torch in 2006 and hit the road, playing up to 300 shows a year in 42 states and ten countries, becoming festival favorites all over the world. In 2007 he guested on Paris Luna's City Lights album. He appeared on Love, Union, Peace with bluesman Javier Vargas' Vargas Blues Band (along with Jack Bruce, Reese Wynans, and others) in 2008 as well as the Flamenco Blues Experience album recording by the same outfit. He also made appearances at various festivals and on MTV Europe. Allman eventually grew restless with the original Honeytribe sound and pared the band down to a power trio in 2008 with bassist George Potsos and new drummer Gabriel Strange. This incarnation of Devon Allman's Honeytribe issued Space Age Blues in the fall of 2010. His next project was a blues rock/jam band supergroup called the Royal Southern Brotherhood, comprised of himself and Mike Zito on guitars, bassist Charlie Wooton from Zydefunk, and ex-Derek Trucks drummer Yonrico Scott. The quintet issued a self-titled set in 2012. Allman, proving ever restless, issued his first proper "solo" songwriter's record in early 2013, entitled Turquoise, backed by Scott and bassist Myles Weeks. Throughout that year he was kept busy by touring with the Royal Southern Brotherhood, who followed up their debut with the concert audio/video package Songs from the Road: Live in Germany in 2013. They recorded their sophomore studio offering, HeartSoulBlood, in early 2014; Ruf issued it in June. Allman took whatever time he had off from the Royal Southern Brotherhood to play solo shows. He finally got the time to record a project he'd wanted to undertake for some time. In early 2014, he entered a Chicago studio with a cast of seasoned blues veterans from the bands of Luther Allison, Buddy Guy, Charlie Musselwhite, and others. The end result was Ragged & Dirty, which was released in October and showcased an almost entirely different side of the artist. (Thom Jurek)
Jon Knight and Soulstack (CAN) Like a beat up old Dodge burning down the highway with a brand new set of rims and a candy metallic paint job, Soulstack carves out their modern roots music in nouveau-retro-style, inspired by sweaty sounds and throbbing rhythms, all performed with deep intensity, wild conviction, greasy organ, sweet tremolo-soaked guitar, and heartbreaking harmonies. These young Soulstack men stand by their beat-up vintage instruments and bleed every ounce of emotion from them – taking the listener on a rhythmic and melodic journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the exhaust-tinged fuzz of Detroit with award winning engineer Jeremy Darby (Smokey Robinson, Keith Richards, Prince.) The catchy Motown infused tune “Since you Came Around” was selected by CBC Radio One program Here And Now as the Song of the Week and the CD has been nominated for an Independent Music Award (12th Annual IMA’s – Category: Blues Album) Soulstack was formed in 2011 by frontman Jonathan Knight (Wickens-Knight) and keyboardist Mark Wessenger. The band consists of drummer Tom Bona (Sue Foley, Colin Peterson (David Wilcox) and Josh Knight and most recently, baritone Guitarist Chris Latta. Soulstack received a 2014 Maple Blues Award nomination for “Electric Act of the Year” and “Drummer of the Year”. The band performed in 2013 at Canada’s largest blues/roots-centric music festivals, including Montreal Jazz, Calabogie, Mont Tremblant, Kitchener Blues, as well as recently headlining legendary venue The El Mocambo Tavern in Toronto where the band recorded the dynamic performance to the packed room. Five Finger Discount is Soulstack’s sophomore album, engineered again by Jeremy Darby, combining poignant lyricism and sweet vocal harmony with the rhythm and grit of traditional blues. Self-produced, it tracks the organic evolution of the band as it continues growing in musical breadth and depth. It recently charted at #3 in Canada and #9 in North America for Blues on RootsMusicReport.com and has already received a substantial amount of positive press for the innovative album. Soulstack is currently working on their yet-to-be-named third studio album, with 21 compositions completed and currently in production. Five Finger Discount is available on iTunes, Amazon & CD Baby as well as select retailers.