PAUL CARRACK (UK) MAAKT AFFICHE BLUES PEER 2016 COMPLEET!
Met de toevoeging van Paul Carrack (UK) is de affiche van Blues Peer 2016 compleet Hij werkte onder meer met Sting, Phil collins, The Eagles, Elvis Costello, Roger Waters, Diana Ross, Rod Stewart, Roxy Music, John Hiatt, BB King, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr en Eric Clapton. Paul Carrack is een gerenomeerde singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist en is vooral bekend geworden door zijn typisch stemgeluid. Hij speelde bij bands als Ace, Squeeze, Mike and the Mechanics en zijn nummers “How Long” en “The Living Years” blijven tijdloze waarden.
Hij heeft de stem, de songs en de band om zijn publiek een uur lang te laten verwijlen in een decennium, dat we alleen kennen uit de verhalen van onze papa’s.
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BONITA & THE BLUES SHACKS (D) When you combine B.B. and the Blues Shacks, one of Europe’s most respected blues bands, with Bonita Niessen, one of South Africa’s most soulful singers, you get one of the most stunning records of the year. The musical craftsmanship of the Arlt brothers, Andreas on guitar and Michael on vocals and harmonica, brings a deepseated love and respect of American blues and soul. By adding the world-class vocals of Bonita Niessen, they found the perfect voice to explore the connections between blues and soul that existed in the 1950s.
JAN DE BRUIJN (NL) Zanger-gitarist Jan de Bruijn (Rijsbergen, 1958) speelt al meer dan vijfendertig jaar uit het hoofd en uit het hart. Recht uit het hart.Jan de Bruijn heeft zich in al die jaren ontwikkeld tot een podiumkunstenaar die als geen ander verschillende talenten en kwaliteiten herbergt: een goede gitarist, een uitstekende zanger en een onvermijdelijke persoonlijkheid op toneel. Niet voor niets deelde hij tot nu toe podia en studio’s met Johnny Copeland, Calvin Owens, Jerry McCain, Jo Lemaire, Peter Dictus, Bløf, Eddie C Campbell, The Uptown Horns, Kaz Lux, Oscar Benton, Kees Meerman, Kees Schipper, Raymond v/h Groenewoud, Stef Bos en vele anderen.
BOOGIE BEASTS (B) Boogies Beasts is een Luiks-Limburgse alliantie. Met leden van de psychedelische groep Voodoo Boogie en het geflipte garageduo The Goon Mat & Lord Benardo. Vertalen hun liefde voor elektrische delta-blues in iets tussen The Black Keys en John Lee Hooker: dirty beats, hypnotiserende slides, huilende mondharmonica's en lekker veel fuzz.
SUNCOURT RAMBLERS (B) Zet 7 muzikanten met een verschillende muziekachtergrond – van folk tot klassiek – maar met een diepgewortelde liefde voor bluegrass bij elkaar, en je krijgt een krachtig combo dat je met rijke akoestische klanken en in elkaar vloeiende stemmen ontvoert naar het Kentucky van de jaren 50. Suncourt Ramblers werd in 2010 boven het doopvond gehouden. De groep brengt bluegrass in een breed pallet, van authentieke bluegrass nummers tot bekende en minder bekende rock & pop songs in een bluegrass jacket. Suncourt Ramblers transformeren de Limburgse Demer in de Mississippi en nemen je mee in een warme muzikale boottocht.
JOE BONAMASSA (USA) Joe Bonamassa is an American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. When he was only 12 years old, Bonamassa opened for B.B. King. In the last 13 years Bonamassa has put out 15 solo albums through his independent record label J&R Adventures, of which 11 have reached #1 on the Billboard Blues charts.
Bonamassa has played alongside such artists as Stephen Stills, Eric Clapton, Blondie Chaplin, Foreigner, Buddy Guy, Steve Winwood, Warren Haynes, and Derek Trucks among others. His career highlights include performances at the Royal Albert Hall and a Grammy Award nomination in 2013. In addition to his music career, Joe Bonamassa runs a nonprofit organization called the Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, whose mission it is to further music education by funding scholarships and providing music education resources to schools in need.
Bonamassa's most commonly recognized instruments are his 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standards. His extensive guitar collection is one of the best in the world.
LARRY GRAHAM & GRAHAM CENTRAL STATION (USA) Graham Central Station was a showcase for the revolutionary pop-and-slap bass guitar of Larry Graham, an alumnus of Sly & the Family Stone largely responsible for originating the percussive groove which typified the progressive funk sound of the '70s. Born August 14, 1946 in Beaumont, Texas, Graham was raised in Oakland, California; by his teens he was adept not only on bass but also guitar, harmonica, and drums, and at the age of 15 began performing with the Dell Graham Trio, his mother's lounge act. While attending college, he served as a supporting musician with the likes of John Lee Hooker, Jackie Wilson, Jimmy Reed, and the Drifters; in 1968 he joined Sly & the Family Stone, appearing with the group during the halcyon period which gave rise to such classic albums as Stand! and There's a Riot Goin' On, as well as smash singles like "Dance to the Music" and "Everybody Is a Star," both of which prominently feature Graham's cavernous baritone in addition to his enormously influential thumping bass style. In the wake of behind-the-scenes turmoil, Graham exited the group in late 1972; after initially agreeing to produce a band named Hot Chocolate (not the same act famed for hit singles like "Emma" and "You Sexy Thing"), he eventually joined their lineup, renaming the unit Graham Central Station. A propulsive, infectious funk ensemble, their original roster also included guitarist David "Dynamite" Vega, keyboardists Robert "Butch" Sam (formerly with Billy Preston), and Hershall "Happiness" Kennedy, percussionist Patryce "Chocolate" Banks, and drummer Willie "Wild" Sparks. The debut Graham Central album, an eponymously titled effort released in 1974, proved highly successful, launching a minor pop hit with "Can You Handle It." Another hit, "Feel the Need," emerged from Release Yourself, issued later that same year; the third GCS LP, 1975's Ain't No Bout-A-Doubt It, yielded the single "Your Love," a Top 40 pop hit which also topped the R&B charts. Mirror followed a year later. With 1977's Now Do U Wanta Dance, Graham Central Station scored another R&B smash with the title track; by the release of 1978's My Radio Sure Sounds Good to Me, Graham's wife Tina had signed on as a vocalist, but pop crossover success remained elusive, and after Star Walk the following year, the group disbanded. Graham then turned solo, moving from funk to soulful ballads; his debut effort, 1980's One in a Million You, reached the Top 30, the title track becoming a Top Ten hit. 1981's Just Be My Lady yielded another hit with its own title cut, while 1982's Sooner or Later was also successful. However, after 1983's Victory, Graham's career took a downward turn, with 1985's Fired Up released solely in Japan. Aside from 1987's "If You Need My Love Tonight," a minor hit duet with Aretha Franklin, he was largely out of the public eye in the years to follow, instead working as a songwriter and sideman. By the early '90s, Graham was leading Psychedelic Psoul, a nine-piece band which toured with comedian/singer Eddie Murphy; he also toured with the Crusaders. Following Sly & the Family Stone's 1993 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, he re-formed Graham Central Station, eventually bringing into the fold former Family Stone bandmates Cynthia Robinson on trumpet and Jerry Martini on saxophone. Throughout Graham's lean years, one of his most vocal supporters remained the Artist Formerly Known as Prince, who readily acknowledged the influence of GCS not only on his music but also on his flamboyant stage show; by 1997, Graham Central Station was ensconced as the regular supporting act on Prince's extended Jam of the Year tour, with the group also issuing a Japanese album titled By Popular Demand. Sessions with Prince at Paisley Park yielded GCS 2000 (1998), released during Graham's stint as the purple one's bassist. While he wrote and toured on and off for several years, he didn't release another album with Graham Central Station until 2012, when Raise Up arrived on the Moosicus label.
LUCINDA WILLIAMS (USA) Lucinda Williams (born January 26, 1953) is an American rock, folk, blues, and country music singer and songwriter.
She recorded her first albums in 1978 and 1980 in a traditional country and blues style and received very little attention from radio, the media, or the public. In 1988, she released her self-titled album, Lucinda Williams. This release featured "Passionate Kisses", a song later recorded by Mary Chapin Carpenter, which garnered Williams her first Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1994.
Known for working slowly, Williams recorded and released only one other album in the next several years (Sweet Old World in 1992) before her greatest success came in 1998 with Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, an album presenting a broader scope of songs that fused rock, blues, country, and Americana into a more distinctive style that still managed to remain consistent and commercial in sound. It went gold and earned Williams another Grammy while being universally acclaimed by critics. Since Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, she has released a string of albums that have also been critically acclaimed, though none has sold in the numbers of her 1998 breakthrough. She was also named "America's best songwriter" by Time magazine in 2002.
ROBBEN FORD (USA) Robben Ford is one of the premier electric guitarists today, particularly known for his blues playing, as well as his ability to be comfortable in a variety of musical contexts. A five-time Grammy nominee, he has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Bob Dylan, John Mayall, Greg Allman, John Scofield, Susan Tedeschi, Keb Mo, Larry Carlton, Mavis Staples, Brad Paisley, and many others.
OTOMACHINE (B) OTO Machine is a 15 piece heavy funk big band in Belgium around saxophone player Frank Deruytter. A Full Operational Mothaship Of Funkateers, going down On The One and nothing but the One. OTO Machine was founded in 2014 by Frank Deruytter (one of Belgium’s most solicited sax players), in collaboration with top-arrangers Lode Mertens and Dieter Limbourg (Brussels Jazz Orchestra).
With its first class line up, consisting of 15 of Belgium’s finest jazz & pop musicians (Brussels Jazz Orchestra, El Tattoo Del Tigre, Blue Blot, Selah Sue, etc.), OTO Machine stands for mind-blowing funk amidst an overwhelming performance. Beware: this is not a gig as you know it, it’s a Party!
ERIC SLIM ZAHL & THE SOUTH WEST SWINGERS (NO) 2016 European Blues Challenge Winners Eric Slim Zahl & the South West Swingers are a swingin' experience with authentic rock'n roll, jump blues and blues-a-billy played with full force!
The band's ambition is to continue the fine trasitions and perform the music influenced by the sounds from the 50's - in their own rockin' style
Dressed up with a tie, suspenders and shiny shoes, Eric Slim Zahl & the South West Swingers performs with humour, musical skill and impact.
Since the beginning in 2006, the band has logged an impressive amount of club gigs and festival appearances in Norway and Europe, and are known to be a formidable live band.
Eric Slim Zahl & the South West Swingers write their own music and released their debut album "Daddy'O" in 2011. The album was nominated for a Norwegian Grammy in the Best Blues Album Category. In 2013 the sequel "Chances Are Slim" was released, and also this album recieved good reviews in the blues press.
BRIAN SETZER’S ROCKABILLY RIOT! (USA) Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and 3-time Grammy-award-winner, Brian Setzer, is a “Musician’s Musician” credited with continually taking chances with innovative and daring musical styles, while single-handedly resurrecting two forgotten genres of music (rockabilly in the ’80’s and swing in the ’90’s). Along the way, he has scored chart-topping hits, sold 13 million records and received the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award throughout his decorated career as founder/leader of the Stray Cats, his 18-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra, and as a solo artist. He is consistently cited as one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, and has a best-selling, extensive line of Gretsch signature model guitarists, and has a best-selling, extensive line of elite Gretsch signature model guitars bearing his name. Brian appeared in the 1987 film, La Bamba, portraying rockabilly pioneer Eddie Cochran. In 2002, Brian earned the privilege of being one of the few musicians to be animated in an episode of “The Simpsons,” alongside Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Tom Petty. That same year, Setzer was personally requested to induct Chet Atkins into the 17th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2014, Setzer received the distinct honor of being asked to donate a replica of his original 1959 Gretsch 6120 “Stray Cat” guitar, joining an elite collection of musical instruments at the museum including Dizzy Gillespie’s trumpet and John Coltrane’s saxophone.
BUDDY GUY (USA) Eigenlijk zouden we de in Louisiana geboren Buddy Guy niet hoeven voor te stellen. Buddy is een van de laatste, great old electric bluesmen (uit de great Chicago bluesscene), maar zelfs op negenenzeventigjarige leeftijd druipt de energie er nog vanaf. Het heilige bluesvuur brandt dus nog steeds in Buddy.
TAJ MAHAL (USA) De bluesmuzikant Henry Saint Clair Fredericks die onder de alias van Taj Mahal al 40 jaar zijn blues de wereld instuurt. Toch is er een verband met de naam Taj Mahal die tot hem kwam in een droom. Als zoon van een jazzpianist en van een gospelzingende moeder zat de muziek in zijn genen. Hij leerde als vanzelf diverse bluesstijlen spelen van een buurman en het duurde niet lang voor hij een eerste groep vormde. Het verwonderde dan ook niet toen de jonge twintiger in de jaren 60 optrok met andere getalenteerde muzikanten zoals een prille Ry Cooder in de groep Rising Sons in 1964. Toch vestigde Taj Mahal van meet af zijn naam en faam met zijn debuut in 1968 ‘Taj Mahal’, nog steeds een monument als het gaat om fijn besnaarde akoestische blues. Een van de grote missionarissen en visionairs in de blues door zijn vermenging met roots. In de jaren 70 wist Mahal meer en meer zijn blues te versnijden met Caribische ingrediënten, wereldmuziek avant la lettre. Die muzikale exploratie en passie zet zich voort in de volgende jaren met stijlelementen uit West-Afrika, Latijns Amerika en Hawaï zonder afbreuk te doen aan de Amerikaanse blues. Een en ander is terug te vinden in zijn uitgebreide discografie met meer dan 25 titels waaronder 2 met een Grammy-award onderscheiden. Inmiddels is de man een levende legende, een gerespecteerd veteraan die met 69 jaar nog altijd met plezier op het podium staat.
WALTER TROUT (USA) Trout is een echte bluesrocker in hart en nieren. Hij speelde eerder met giganten als Canned Heat, John Lee Hooker en John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers voordat hij zijn eigen weg ging. Sinds 1989 doet hij het op eigen kracht. Inmiddels zijn we vele jaren en vele geroemde platen verder, ontving Trout een European Guitar Award
JP. SOARS AND THE RED HOTS (USA) JP Soars is not a typical blues guitarist. He has a diverse musical background that encompasses a multitude of influences. " I love T-bone Walker, Jesse May Hemphill, Wes Montgomery, Django Reinhardt, Muddy Waters, Johnny Guitar Watson, Guitar Slim and Louis Jordan. But I also love Tito Puente, Miles Davis, Hank Williams, Black Sabbath and Slayer." Soars toured the globe and recorded several records with some of the most extreme metal bands in the world before finding his home in the blues! It is these attributes that are giving Soars an instantaneously recognizable style.
MOJO MAN (NL) Grote helden als Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding en de Rolling stones zijn overduidelijke invloeden. Zanger/ gitarist en songwriter Marcel Duprix is de eerste om dat te erkennen. Oprichters Reinier Zervaas en Marcel Duprix wilden muziek maken voor een groot publiek met een seventies sound van blues, rock and soul. Zervaas: “wat echt anders aan ons is is de combinatie van een rock and rol band met een 5-mans blazers sectie.” “ Balls and horns, zoals wij het graag noemen.”
MEENA CRYLE & THE CHRIS FILLMORE BAND (AT) Southern Soul, Blues, Gospel en Rock'n'Roll beschrijven de muziekstijlen van deze bandformatie uit Oostenrijk het beste, alhoewel de bandleden zelf niet graag in een hokje worden gestopt: Zij typeren hun muziek vooral als 'eerlijk en enthousiasmerend'. Cryle en Fillmore vormen samen een bijzonder team met een exceptionele stijl in de hedendaagse Blues-scene.
BUDDY GUY Blues musician Buddy Guy made a guitar at the age of 13 and taught himself to play. He recorded hits for the Chess label in the 1960s. Buddy Guy was born on July 30, 1936, in Lettsworth, Louisiana. At 7 years old, he made a guitar and taught himself to play. Muddy Waters discovered Guy while playing at clubs in Chicago, and helped him find work at the 708 Club. Guy recorded hits from the 1960s through the '80s. In 2003, he released his first acoustic blues album. Motivated by musicians such as John Lee Hooker, Lightnin' Slim and Guitar Slim, Buddy Guy took a train out to Chicago on September 25, 1957—a date so special to Guy that it has since been engraved on all of his guitars—to make a better living for himself. Despite his friend's advice, Guy hadn't leave for Chicago to become a professional musician, but in hopes of making at least twice as much working as a custodian at a University in Chicago. Shortly after arriving in Chicago, Guy met Otis Rush, who introduced the green musician to a location that Guy would grow to become very familiar with, the 708 Club. While playing at the 708 Club, Guy met one of his idols, the legendary Muddy Waters. Waters was impressed with Guy's musical talent, and the pair would later work together. Guy became a frequent performer at the 708 Club, and was eventually discovered by composer Willie Dixon. Through Dixon, he was able to land a contract as a guitarist with Chess Records. Subsequently, Guy met and worked with several of his inspirations, including Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter. Guy has continued to make music in the 21st century, working with such contemporary artists as Carlos Santana and John Mayer. In 2003, he released Blues Singer, an acoustic album featuring renditions of some of Guy's favorite songs, including Skip James covers and Son House covers. In 2005, Guy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
JOE BONAMASSA Songfacts states that Joe Bonamassa (born May 8, 1977) was born and raised in New Hartford, New York. His parents owned and ran a guitar shop and in interviews he credits his mother and father with fostering an appreciation of music in his life as early as he can remember. As a youngster he just wanted to earn enough money to buy a deluxe Nintendo game when he started playing the guitar professionally. Then he met blues legend B.B. King. At the age of 12, his mother got a call from a local promoter, Richard Thornton asking if he wanted to be the opening act at a concert at which King was the headliner. After hearing the gifted adolescent play, King was so impressed that he invited Bonamassa to tour over the summer with his band. The gig got Bonamassa exposure on national television and a recording contract with EMI Records. He has made seven studio albums and spends nine months a year on the road performing with industry greats that include John Lee Hooker, Joe Cocker, Peter Frampton, George Thorogood, Los Lobos and Jonny Lang. Bonamassa has cited his influences as being British and Irish blues acts, rather than American acts. In an interview in Guitarist magazine (issue 265), he cited the three albums that had the biggest influence on his playing: John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers' Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton (the Beano album), Rory Gallagher's Irish Tour and Goodbye by Cream. He elaborated further on his influences in his review with Guitar Messanger: "You know, my heroes were the English guys – Paul Kossoff, Peter Green, Eric Clapton. There’s so many - there’s Gary Moore, Rory Gallagher – another Irishman who played the same things, but don’t tell him that. But those guys were my guys – Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page. There’s a certain sophistication to their approach to the blues that I really like, more so than the American blues that I was listening to. B.B. King’s a big influence – he’s probably my biggest traditional influence. I love Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and T-Bone Walker and stuff like that, but I couldn’t sit down… I was always forcing myself to listen to whole records by them, where I’d rather listen to Humble Pie do "I'm Ready" than Muddy Waters, you know? I think, the English interpretation of the blues just hit me a lot better, you know?" And also in his October 2008 interview with Express & Star: “When I heard Kossoff playing Mr Big and when I heard Clapton playing Crossroads and when I heard Rory Gallagher playing Cradle Rock, I was like ‘This is way cooler’…. “British blues are my thing. When I heard Rod Stewart and the Jeff Beck Group singing Let Me Love You it changed my life. I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Those are my influences".