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Kristinehamn Bluesfest 2013

Erja Lyytinen (FI)

In the past few years, Erja Lyytinen has taken the international music scene by storm. She’s a young, talented singer/songwriter and exceptional guitarist who plays everything from dobro to slide guitar. "But the guitar – or any instrument for that matter – is there just to support the story that I'm always trying to tell with a song", she says.

Erja was born to a musical family in Kuopio, a little town in the middle of Finland. At the age of 15 she was performing with her parents – singing and at first playing the violin and later the electric guitar. "People always wonder how a girl picked up the guitar. But being from a musical family – my mother is a bassist and my father a guitarist – I don't think that's a far stretch," ...

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Thorbjørn Risager (DK)

In the blues world, a big voice is often accompanied by a big ego (or at least a medium sized one…)
But the Danish singer Thorbjørn Risager, praised for his rough and strong voice by an unanimous choir of critics from a growing number of countries – 15 the last time we counted them - is a soft-spoken gentleman off stage. He is the leader of his seven-piece band mainly for practical reasons – to bring any little issue into a group discussion can be quite time-consuming. He is also composing most of the band’s music, and during the performance he is the obvious center of attention, even if the band has a charming way of passing round the task of introducing the songs between them, so that each musician gets his word in.

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T-Bear & The Dukes of Rhythm

Although the world is constantly changing, some things remain. Like Hamlet, hot dogs, the Himalayas. And blues music. The blues was born in the delta and got electrified further up north. Then it was spread around the world. In Arvika, Sweden, the blues is fresh and vigorous, thanks to T-Bear & The Dukes of Rhythm.

Here, in the deep woods of western Sweden, close to the norwegian border, the storytelling tradition is very much alive. The blue notes come naturally. Some might say the blues is just pure nostalgia. In Arvika, we don't. The blues is about the past, the present and the future. Just as important and challenging as it once was in the backstreets of Chicago.

T-Bear & The Dukes of Rhythm have been the blues ...

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Crocodile Claes

Blues Trap