make them like that anymore
When you’ve been around on this earth for a while, that thought
does come to you once in a while. It could hit you when you see a nice
old car, a music instrument, a real ”old school” personality
being interviewed on the TV…. and if you’re into the blues,
this thought definitely comes more often as the years keep passing by.
Our heroes pass away, and many of the young musicians who try to pick
up this heritage will sound like scholars for a long time before they
might come out as a full-fledged blues musician.
But here’s a guy that startles you as soon as you hear the sound
of his guitar, his voice and the way he deals with the tradition. Raw
and direct, well not ”too raw” but just sounding like himself.
A straight-forward approach, with that special ”bite” that
we associate with some of the great bluesmen.
Where does he find it? Maybe in the deep forests of Värmland, a sparsely
populated region in Sweden, near the Norwegian border. But mostly in his
deep long-term love story with the blues, with heroes like Albert Collins,
Albert and Freddie King, Luther Allison and other great representatives
of modern electric blues with a twist of funk. And one thing he has in
common with these musicians is that he will never play a set with only
shuffles, but keeps varying his tempos and beats. Not only is he a natural
talent on the guitar, but his expressive and direct voice and his creative
songwriting contribute to his sound, raw and mature at the same time.
The band T-Bear and the Dukes of Rhythm was started by Torbjörn Solberg
in his hometown Arvika, Sweden, in 2004, and they have released two CD’s
with their previous lineup, including a horn section: ”Let The Sweet
Talk Flow” and ”Broadway Twist”.
The new band is a quartet, featuring Hammond wizard Paul ”Palle”
Wagnberg, a professional musician since 1985, incl. 20 years in soul jazz
group ”The Real Thing”. Bass player Jan Lillsäter has
been supporting T-Bear for many years, teady as a rock, no matter if he’s
playing electric bass or upright. The new drummer Henrik ”Henke”
Berg was carefully chosen for his good beat and good spirit, and the new
band made a great impact on their first tour in Benelux May 2013.
Ice Machine contains 9 originals plus one song by Willie Dixon and one
by Stevie Ray Vaughan. Please check the band’s web site for updates
about distribution and concerts: www.tbear.se