Garner's mellifluous lead guitar chops are akin to B.B. King's and are relatively free from rock influences ... Extremely musical and imminently listenable blues that should bring the name Larry Garner to a large audience.- Blues Revue
In her Canadian homeland, the critics are outdoing each other with praise: Layla Zoe was the "Reincarnation of Janis Joplin" they say, or "This is Canada's Darling of the Blues." The petite woman actually has an incomparable vocal organ and is able to captivate an entire room, no matter if by being charming, outspoken, honest or just herself.
Probably, the Basel based group is one of the most popular, if not the most famous Swiss blues band. Named after a Fleetwood Mac song, it has been doing regular gigs in Europe since 1975. In 2004, Cla Nett, founder of the band, received the Swiss Blues Award for his efforts in the Swiss blues scene.
Lisa Doby comes to us from the state of South Carolina in the USA. Her childhood musical memories are of Gospel songs in the local Baptist church. At home the walls reverberated to the sounds of Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Wonder. She discovered a passion for song and poetry, so that music became an obsession. Lisa sang in a few local groups, studied the violin and the trumpet. She then began to travel on the wings of liberty and decided to move to Europe.
Together with the Living History Band, Lurrie Bell has made it his goal to bring the old names and songs back into today's blues world, and extremely successfully so.
Stefan Margelisch and his cronies from the Valais region are now a band by the name of Cardinalis, walking in the footsteps of the blues. The music of the three "Aposchtel" (apostles) is of a bluesy rock originality, with lyrics in Valaisian dialect.
When this Mississippi born bluesman steps onto the stage he instantaneously bursts into one of this dynamic songs and takes you on a long hot ride as he keeps his guitar cranked up to sweltering levels of the blues as only Slim can do.
Manu Hartmann combines in her voice the blues, the gospel and a generous pinch of soul. She uses her powerful voice in an exceptionally creative way. Jürg Weibel of BAZ writes: A singer whose voice combines full volume, good timing and the ability to modulate. A competent stage presence and the self-confidence to lean into a song and glory in it make listening a pleasure.
Marcia Ball is a woman with a reputation. The Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist/vocalist/songwriter is famed worldwide for igniting a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she strolls on stage.
Matthew Skoller is one of the best harp players, deeply rooted in the musical Chicago tradition, while breaking new ground.
Mojo Swamp plays the old acoustic Mississippi Delta sound of the 1920es and 30es. The quartet was formed in 2002 with the aim of investigating the roots of the blues and conjuring up its musical origin as authentically as possible on stage. The band plays with partly original, ancient musical instruments. Meanwhile, the band has closed ranks with "Little Chevy" Evelyne Péquignot, and they now perform as "Little Chevy & Mojo Swamp".
In 2002, the three musicians met for the first time and quickly agreed to form a straightforward blues band, which would offer good live music with little electronic equipment, but lots of sheer enthusiasm. The band is always accompanied by a guest musician. Formation: Guitar/vocal Beat Trachsel, bass/vocal Henry Dobler / drums Heinz Gerber, style: John Mayall, Robert Cray, Johnny Winter, Eric Clapton
The young bluesman has been celebrated for years as one of the most promising young talents. Even as an 11-year-old, at concerts he came in contact with Junior Wells, James Cotton, Hubert Sumlin, as well as Johnny Copeland. He was invited to participate in jam sessions on stage with them.