Friday 2nd November 2018
20.00 Uhr Kesselhaus Trossingen
Steve Baker & Band
David Barrett & Band
Marko Jovanovic & Band
Kai Strauss - guitar & vocals
Thomas "Gaz" Brodbeck - bass & vocals
Christian Rannenberg - piano & vocals
Alex Lex - drums
Steve Baker David Barrett Marko Jovanovic
Kai Strauss (guitar)
Kai Strauss belongs to the select circle of European musicians granted peer group recognition as authentic blues players by American colleagues and music critics. Kai toured for over 15 years with Texan heavyweight Memo Gonzales and his intense, compelling style has won him a place in the hearts of blues lovers from Hamburg to Chicago. The guitarist and singer turned solo in 2011 and has since established himself as a force to be reckoned with on the European blues scene. Strauss' current Album "I Go By Feel" clearly confirms his well-earned international status as a blues guitarist of the first order. It also shows him as a convincing singer and songwriter with a deep feeling for dynamic and timeless blues.
Singer, guitarist and bassist Gaz has been performing on stage since the age of 14 and has earned a well deserved reputation as a musical all-rounder of the first water, with a expressive and soulful voice which has become his trademark. With his 9-piece rhythm & blues band Dr Mablues he has appeared several times at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival, and has been a frequent visitor to Trossingen, both with the cult trio Opportunity, or "just" as the bass player, accompanying the crème de la crème of the harmonica world. In the course of his musical career, Gaz has opened for numerous top acts including Joe Cocker, David-Clayton Thomas, Wilson Pickett, Isaac Hayes, Joan Armatrading, Little Feat or the Commodores.
Chris Rannenberg (piano)
We're happy that we've been able to engage pianist Christian Rannenberg again in 2016 to accompany the sessions and concerts. One of the most highly regarded European blues pianists, for the past 30 years he has worked with an emormous range of international artists and has become an audience favorite in Trossingen. Together with Eric Noden, Chris will accompany the Onstage Sessions in the Kesselhaus and will also perform with the band on both evening concerts.
Alex Lex (drums)
Alex Lex is one of the few young musicians today, world-wide, who embrasses the art of Blues-drumming with all of its tradition.
His minimalistic and tasteful playing is a direct link to the old masters Fred Below, Odie Payne and Cilfton James, among others.
Alex has been sought out to play with musicians like Louisiana Red, Keith Dunn, Chris Rannenberg, Angela Brown, Bob Margolin, Big Dave, Rudi Protrudi, Memo Gonzalez, Mark Hummel, “Sax” Gordon Beadle and Kai Strauss.
When you add to this that he has also recorded with legends like Aron Burton (former Albert Collins, Junior Wells, a. o. ) or Billy Boy Arnold, of "I'm A Man" and "I Wish You Would" fame, then you begin to get a picture of the level of commitment and intensity that Alex brings to the drums.