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Bottleneck John

Bottleneck John (Johan Eliasson) was born and raised in Lit, Sweden, where he still lives.

Grandfather Erik encouraged Johan's interest by making recordings for him when he was just three years old. Grandmother Elna's relatives were (and still are) well-known musicians. It was Elna who sit Johan in her lap when she played an old pump-organ and sang Swedish folk-tunes and spirituals like "Swing low sweet chariot" and "Amazing grace."

Johan's music is mostly blues and spirituals. He says "it seems I'm always drawn back in time and place to the Mississippi Delta of the 1920's and 30's. I guess this is THE music that touches my soul the most?!"

Johan performs solo, in duos, and in bands, both acoustic and ...

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Brian Kramer (US)

Brian Kramer from Brooklyn, was barely out of his teens when he began hanging out with legendary blues men, picking up tips and advice from folks such as Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, whenever they visited his hometown of NYC. Junior Wells took a particular liking to Brian and paid careful attention in showing him the right moves and how to play from the heart.

In 1989, Junior joined Brian on his first record, Brian Kramer and the Bluesmasters featuring Junior Wells, Win or Lose, with Junior backing up Brian on almost every track and Brian supporting Junior on four of his songs. On these sessions were a gathering of the finest, most respected sidemen in the US, as well as former Rolling Stone, Mick Taylor.

Throughout ...

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