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Blues At Sea 2014
Erja Lyytinen (FI)
Thorbjørn Risager (DK)
Hot Dog Taylor
Mönsterås Blues Band
Howling Dale & the Hound Dogs
Dr Harmonica (US)
-> söndag 19 oktober 2014
Louise Hoffsten is a swedish blues and rock singer. Born in the small Swedish town Linköping and with a jazz trumpet playing father, Gunnar Hoffsten, she was on to music early.
Her career started as singer in the popular Swedish band Clas Yngström & Sky High in the mid 80's. After she left Sky High she started her solo career.
Supported by one of Sweden's most popular rock band at the time, Wilmer X, she released her debut album 1987, Genom Eld och Vatten. This was rewarded as the best debut album that year. She continued recording blues rock albums in swedish for some years.
In 1993 she switched to a major label company and issued a new album with English lyrics, Rhythm & Blonde. After that the career declined...
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," ...
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.