European Blues Challenge in Hell

The third weekend in March, the whole Blues Europe will be gathered at Hell in Trøndelag. European Blues Union's annual event takes place in Norway this year, and the festival and Blues society Blues in Hell is responsible organizer. It is the 8th time for the event, and in addition to the band competition European Blues Challenge, there will also be held an exhibition market for the blues industry, as well as the European Blues Union's General Assembly. Photo: The event general Kjell Inge Brovoll at Hell railway station (photo: Ingunn Nesset).

Anniversary celebration in Oslo

Norwegian Blues News and the Norwegian Blues Union celebrated their 20th anniversary at Rockefeller November 11. More than 800 people came to join the big party featuring several Norwegian and international blues stars, among them Knut Reiersrud, Adam Douglas and Rick Estrin & The Nightcats. 

Notodden Blues Festival 2010 line up

On April 13th, the Notodden Blues Festival announced this years festival lineup during a release party at Notodden's Club Arno. This year's headliners will be Solomon Burke, Status Quo, Robert Randolph, Walter Trout, Dana Fuchs and Tommy Castro. One exciting event will be the new co-operation between Norwegian super guitarist Knut Reiersrud and American soul star Mighty Sam McClain. The festival also has great expectations for the singer Dana Fuchs, who was present at the party (picture). 

Full score for The Four Tops and The Temptations


A numerous audience of mostly grown up people filled the Sentrum Scene in Oslo on March 9 to experience the historic golden sound of Motown Records' soul factory. The Four Tops (picture) and The Temptations were the greatest male vocal groups to come out of Motown. In the U.S., The Temptations was the more successful of the two groups, while The Four Tops were very popular in both England and Norway.

Music awards to Reidar and Noora


The Spellemann is Norway's equivalent to the Grammys. Prizes were handed out in 26 different categories this year. In the blues genre, the Spellemann was awarded to blues veteran Reidar Larsen, and to Norway's new "Queen of Soul", Noora Noor. Reidar Larsen won for "Best Blues Album", and Noora Noor for "Best Female Artist".

T-Birds and David Lindley at Nidaros Blues Festival

davidlindley1.jpgThe line up for this year's Nidaros Blues Festival in Trondheim has been announced. It includes The Fabulous Thunderbirds, David Lindley (picture), Candi Staton and Anson Funderburgh.

Reunion for Bergen Blues Band 2010


It has been 30 years since the Bergen Blues Band released their critically acclaimed first recording. Hungry John (picture) is now busy planning the anniversary events. This month there will be a new CD released with highlights from the band's first three recordings, and some of the former members have gathered for an anniversary tour.

Producer legend Willie Mitchell has passed


In January came the sad news that musician, producer, studio- and label owner Willie Mitchell, had passed away at 81. Mitchell started his long career in the music business as trumpeter and band leader early as in the 50s. First of all he will get his place in the history books for his efforts as producer for the label Hi Records, and especially for being the man behind the soul success Al Green’s many classical recordings.

Nidaros Blues Festival overcomes difficulties

This year's Nidaros Blues Festival has had to face some major problems, all caused by the ash clouds from Iceland. The festival had a great lineup, and blues lovers all over Norway have been looking forward to this weekend for a long time. But some of the  headliners - Anson Funderburgh, Candi Staton, NineBelow Zero, the up and coming star, Joanne Shaw Taylor - had their flights cancelled because of the volcano ash. Fortunately the organizers, led by Jan Engen and booking manager Kjell Inge Brovoll, showed incredible determination, and, against all odds, they managed to put together a great show. 

Big anniversary celebration in Oslo


On Saturday, March 20, the Oslo Blues Club celebrated it's 15 year anniversary, at Buckleys in Oslo. The 12 hour blues party included blues concerts - both afternoon and night - two meals, speeches, "hobnobbing" and everything that comes with a successful birthday celebration. The Oslo Blues Club was founded in 1977, and after a ten year hiatus, came back to life in 1995. It is one of the oldest members of the Norwegian Blues Union, which has more than 60 members.

Nick Moss and Rick Estrin to Bragdøya Blues

nickmoss_l.jpgThere will be some top class American blues at this year's blues festival outside Kristiansand. Among the big names coming to the south of Norway, are Nick Moss, (pictured), and Rick Estrin & The Nightcats. This is the fourteenth time that the Christiansand Blues Club and the Bradgøya Kystlag join together to hold a blues fest on the idyllic island of Bragdøya.

ZZ Top at Skånevik Bluesfestival

zztop2.jpgZZ Top will headline the Skånevik Blues Festival this year. The negotiations have taken quite awhile, but a deal has finally been reached. ZZ Top will play on Friday, July 2nd, 2010.

Tad Robinson in Norway

tad1.jpgThe American singer and harmonica player, Tad Robinson, has recently completed a short Norwegian tour. The last time Norwegian blues fans got to see this soulful singer was in 2007. This time he was on the road with the BILLY T BAND and two of Norway’s finest harp players.

Norwegian nominations to Blues Music Awards


Blues Music Awards is the Grammy of the Blues, and truly one of the big events in the Blues. This year the show takes place in Memphis May 6th. It is very good news for our blues scene to see that there are some Norwegian productions among the nominees this year.