|Rolf 'Roffe' Wikström (Sweden)|
Göteborg Blues Party 2005
Photo © Vanja Fridhammar
|You cannot label Rolf Wikström an
over-night sensation. His 1st album in his own name, "Sjung svenska
folk.. för jag behöver all hjälp jag kan få",
was issued in 1975. The first time I myself saw him on stage was
on the Albert Collins tour of Sweden (1978?). Pink velour was unfortunately
all the rage then: next time Rolf appeared on a stage close by he was wearing
a white jacket. Looking cool. And playing those impressive guitars: The
Malmberg. Looked like some solid and elegant furniture. But Rolf treated
them brutally, bending and stretching and pulling. Inspired by Albert &
Albert (King & Collins). And (I read later on) by Roy Buchanan. The
rawness, the intensity of it all impressed me greatly.
And not only me. He has a vast number of admirers in Göteborg (as well as in the rest of Sweden) whereever he appears: at Nefertiti, Göteborg Blues Party (i.e. the local annual blues festival) or some other stage. Rolf always manages to reach out to the audience: singing and playing with lots of passion, pain & power. And he sings in Swedish - the native language - that helps too.