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Dusty Road Blues Festival

Louise Hoffsten

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...

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Wentus Blues Band (FI)

Blues from Finland? Although it sounds almost unreal, from the land of Santa Claus, mobile phones and race car drivers comes a band that has played blues at its best for over twenty years. They call themselves Wentus Blues Band. Through the years Wentus Blues band has built up a reputation of being one of the hardest working bands on the road, playing around 100 shows each year.

Recently they have performed with such great artists as CAREY BELL, EDDIE KIRKLAND, ERIC BIBB, GARY PRIMICH, KIM WILSON, LOUISIANA RED, MICK TAYLOR, PHIL GUY and SVEN ZETTERBERG just to mention a few... As of today, Wentus Blues Band has released seven full-length albums and has toured in 14 different countries. The celebration of 20 years in the busi...

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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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Micke Fall

Hurley & The Blue Dots