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Alvin Youngblood Hart (US)

Alvin "Youngblood" Hart (born 1963 in Oakland, California) is an American musician. Influenced in early childhood by the Mississippi Country Blues performed by older relatives, Hart is known as one of the world's foremost practitioners of that genre. Hart is also known as a faithful torchbearer for the 60's & 70's guitar rock of his youth, as well as Western Swing and vintage Country. His music has been compared to a list of diverse artists ranging from Leadbelly, Spade Cooley to Led Zeppelin and Thin Lizzy. He plays acoustic and electric guitars as well as banjo and sometimes mandolin. In 2005, Hart received a Grammy Award for his contribution to "Beautiful Dreamer-The Songs of Stephen Foster."


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Bobby Rush (US)

At a time when most of his contemporaries are resting on their laurels, Bobby Rush-a 50-year veteran of the stage-continues to be one of the most exciting and creative artists in the R&B/blues arena. Rush's live shows are without parallel, replete with costume changes and comedic sketches acted out with the assistance of his lovely female dancers. In addressing a broad range of matters of the heart, Rush adopts various onstage persona-the adoring lover, the cuckold, the boastful stud-delivering all with a knowing wink that assures the audience that he's in on the joke.

In the context of today's all too predictable and sanitized blues market, it's easy to understand why audiences new to Rush's performances often find them novel...

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Thorbjørn Risager (DK)

Sofie Reed (US)

Sofie Reed Soulful, spunky, raw and refreshing, Swedish born and raised – Sofie Reed.
Sofie is a Vocalist, Composer and Visionary formatted into a One-Woman-Band. She plays harmonica, McSpadden Mountain Dulcimers, lap steel guitar, ukulele.. and she stomps her foot on an old wooden wine box!
You could call her music roots-blues or folk-blues or even roots-appalachian-with-a-dalecarlian-twist. Or – you could not call it at all. But you can feel it.
Yes, it’s blues, but it’s blues played on dulcimer: go ahead, Google it …look thru the blues history books …I cannot find a single artist of note anywhere who has applied the dulcimer to the blues. Then the voice — the lap steel — the harmonica — and the stomp...

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Rita Engedalen (NO)

Rita Engedalen is a blues artist from Norway. Her 2 CD releases, Here my song (2004) and Heaven ain’t ready for me yet (2006) are both albums which demonstrate Rita’s unique talent in a wide range.

Rita’s influences are mostly American folk music from districts and areas not very familiar to the mainstream audiences. Dusty roads, back and forth from the Appalachian Mountains to the Mississippi Delta are areas she travels musically. Her intense nerve, her strong and rich voice mixed with deeply rooted soul form her personal musical expression. Many songs rooted in Rita’s musical landscape are often formed upon a simple, repetitive chord progression with intensely felt emotions and the raw power of trance. Making songs in these...

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