Karin Rudefelt & Doctor Blues (Sweden)

Photo: Promo shot

"Our new album WALK THE WALK was released in November 2011.
Accompaning the usual crew is
- Erja Lyytinen, the blues queen of Finland also known as”the Queen of Slide Guitar”,
and
- well known slide guitarist Brian Kramer originally from Brooklyn NYC, now based in Sweden
with wonderful tributes to several of the tracks."
Album
Walk The Walk (2011)
Magic Brew (2008)
Breakin' The Chain (2006)
No Pain No Gain (2003)

Quoting their website:
"It all began when Lennart Olofsson (Swe) and Dan Bindel (Den) met in the spring of 1980. Their styles came together into an exciting blend with Dan’s slide-based delta-blues and with Lennart’s roots in the heavier Chicago style and white British blues of the 60’s. As a result of their encounter, a cult-marked blues-band called Doctor Blues was born. In September 1981 the band performed their first gig in front of a full auditorium – and the success was a fact. Doctor Blues had soon established themselves on the blues-scenes across the whole south of Sweden as well as in Denmark.

In the beginning the band was more of a project than a solid constellation, and up till now some twenty or so musicians have made their mark on the sound. Through the years the composition has been a creation of everything from trios to sextets and the repertoires have been adjusted accordingly. A rough and heavy live sound profile was to be the band’s distinctive feature! To start off with, Doctor Blues was exclusively a cover-band, but as Lennart started to produce his own songs, they gradually began to work with their own material.

In September 1981 the band performed their first gig in front of a full auditorium – and the success was a fact. Doctor Blues had soon established themselves on the blues-scenes and headlined festivals across the whole of Sweden as well as northern Europe.

A milestone of vital importance for the band’s history came with the blues-singer Karin Rudefelt’s appearance in 1996. With Karin’s entrance the vocal part of their music got a new dimension. Consequently, from then on, the band calls themselves “Karin Rudefelt & Doctor Blues”. Their first independent full-length album “No Pain No Gain” with own material only, was released in 2003. The album received warm receptions and fine reviews in the American blues-magazine Blues Revue amongst others.

Due to the release of their second album “Breakin’ the chain” in 2006 the band reached a definite lift. 2008 the band delivered their third album “Magic Brew”, with a touché of damp hot Mississippi voodoo feeling, mixed in a boiling pot of widely huddled heavy and rocky blues. The album has rendered a huge response amongst the blues community all over the world. “Karin Rudefelt & Doctor Blues” have toured around northern Europe and Scandinavia, and performed in most places with a blues-profile, like the biggest blues-festivals and most important clubs.

The band is regarded as innovators of blues as a genre and they like to experiment and push the boundaries of the blues into new dimensions, yet with both feet deeply rooted in the traditional mould. 2009 the band remodeled the setting with keyboard and a broader bass playing, which has given the band a heavier sound and output.

In 2011, Doctor Blues sound is even more dynamic, however rougher than ever. The setting is now guitar, bass, drums and vocals “only”. The band has always looked upon the blues as a mirror and reflector of it’s time, and from that fact booth lyrics and musical influences are connected to today’s society and its people. The blues heals and cleanses!

Our new album Walk the walk was released in November 2011. Accompaning the usual crew is Erja Lyytinen, the blues queen of Finland also known as”the Queen of Slide Guitar”, and well known slide guitarist Brian Kramer originally from Brooklyn NYC, now based in Sweden with wonderful tributes to several of the tracks.

Today “Karin Rudefelt & Doctor Blues” consists of the following; Karin Rudefelt – vocals, Lennart Olofsson – guitar and vocals, Peter Borgström – bass and pedal tambourine and Tobias Magnusson – drums."


Link: Karin Rudefelt & Doctor Blues