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review ElectroBluesSociety

ElectroBluesSociety – Jasper Mortier and Jan Mittendorp – are notorious for their good taste in temporary vocalists and they have, once again, made a fine choice by inviting Jan Hidding – from blues revivalists Cuban Heels – to add his vocal class to the three songs that make up this EP.

As you might imagine, given that all concerned have an impressive track record in taking people to 12 bar nirvana, these three songs are polished yet eminently causal things. Nothing is rushed but never does their intent falter. The songs are laidback much in the way that a seventies blues/funk crossover band might have performed them and, while these three good gentlemen drift away from the rigidity expected of the blues format, it is never in doubt that their collective heart is in the right and true place. Listening to these three songs serves as a timely reminder of why real musicianship played with passion can never be replaced or matched by the computer. It’s an organic thing and that’s the truth.

Best song? The ever rolling “Rosie”. The verdict? Pure class.

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new single ElectroBluesSociety

Earlier this year the guys from ElectroBluesSociety did a recording session with dutch female singer; Karin Roerdink. Today we released the first track from that recording session on KuvVer Records.

KR 612 – ElectroBluesSociety feat Karin Roerdink – Back To Black

It is a cover version from an Amy Winehouse song and it is available on all download and streaming platforms. Here are a few links:

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reviews from the UK

here is what Blues In The South (UK) wrote about two new singles from ElectroBluesSociety feat Boo Boo Davis:

How Many More Years (KuvVer KR610) and Back Door Man (KuvVer KR611)
These is the sixth and seventh single releases from this combination of European outfit with Mississippi born singer Boo Boo, and again they are both classic Howling Wolf songs – and again they are both winners! Davis has just the right kind of gritty voice for these down-home items, with ‘How Many More Years’ running to a few seconds short of four minutes, and although the song is a little more “electrofied” than some of its predecessors (Boo Boo’s wailing harp sound has been a little altered), the rhythm remains straightforward and direct. ‘Back Door Man’ gets quite a radical re-working though still managing to keep a strong down-home feel, despite some jazz licks and even a shade of a hip-hop feel at times. If you like what you have heard of these collaborations so far, do check these two out, but if your tastes tend more towards the traditional, maybe try ‘How Many More Years’ first.
Norman Darwen

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new single ElectroBluesSociety

today we released

B&T 971 – ElectroBluesSociety – Be Allright

A new single from the experimental electro blues duo and this time it is a new and original song.

ElectroBluesSociety; two guys and a bunch of junk with a broad taste and an open mind mixing the old with the new. Modern technologies combined with 30+ years of live stage experience in the European blues / roots music scene. The musical input ranges from Alan Lomax to Roxy Music and from Charlie Parker to Led Zeppelin. Since September 2017 they have performed live in Holland, Belgium and Germany.

This new track is released digital only and available on all the download and streaming platforms. Here are the links to a few popular ones:

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review Boo Boo Davis in ABS Magazine (France)

À 75 ans, le natif de Drew, Mississippi, présente son 11ème CD pour le label néerlandais de Jan Mittendorp, Black & Tan Records. Avec le boss du label, l’osmose a été immédiate et perdure au fil des ans pour délivrer, d’album en album, un blues hypnotique et créatif. En effet, malgré le nombre de disques, on ne se lasse pas d’entendre Boo Boo souffler à corps perdu dans son harmonica, déclamer ses textes sur une base syncopée comme dans l’excellent Chocolate, l’accompagnement minimaliste de Jan à la guitare ou l’association basse-batterie faisant le reste. Ce qui pouvait un peu déranger lors de précédents albums, à savoir une direction affichée vers un esprit « garage », est ici gommée à mon avis avec succès. Boo Boo écrit ses textes, parle de la vie, parfois avec humour, raconte des histoires et les onze titres défilent sans qu’on s’en aperçoive. Stay Out All Night, What’s The Matter With You Baby sont marquants d’un changement de cap dans l’esprit que les protagonistes ont voulu donner à cet album, faisant fi des effets et autres échos (parfois top néanmoins dans les précédentes sessions) pour revenir à des choses simples, à une musique dépouillée, pour notre plus grand plaisir.

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review Boo Boo Davis on Rootsville (B)

James “Boo Boo” Davis laat terug van zich spreken. De nu al 75 jarige Delta bluesman bracht nog met regelmaat enkele singles en re-releases uit maar vanaf maart pronken ze bij “Black & Tan Records” met een nieuwe full CD vol met originele nummers. Op deze “Tree man” vinden we 11 nummers terug waarvan er 10 het bordje “nieuw” op zich mogen spelden. Eéntje betreft hier een nummer uit 2002 dat in een nieuw arrangement werd gegoten. Desalniettemin gaat het hier over origineel werk van “Boo Boo Davis”. We moeten al terug tot 2015 toen zijn “Oldskool” op de markt kwam maar kunnen en mogen uiteraard niet verwachten dat iemand van zijn leeftijd en steker nog met zijn staat van dienst ons ieder jaar weer komt te verrassen. De laatste “live” ontmoeting met Boo Boo dateert al dan 2015, toen in de Missy Sippy te Gent samen met zijn vaste kompanen Jan Mittendorp en John Gerritse. De blues van Boo Boo Davis is herkenbaar aan zijn eigen harpgrooves, maar allen kennen we natuurlijk ook zijn aanstekelijke “Thank You Day”, een yell die je al onmiddellijk na de openingstrack “Dirt Road” op ons wordt los gelaten. Na twee laid back bluesjes komt Boo Boo Davis met “Stay out All Night Long” terug onder stoom. Onwaarschijnlijk waar hij als 75-jarige nog die kracht vandaan haalt op zijn Mississippi Saxofoon. Swingend alom in die mate zelfs dat we zelf even moeten op adem komen na deze floorfiller. Thank You Day! Even een onvervalst country bluesje en tijd voor een cool down met “She Won’t Call Me on the Telephone”. Ondanks weerom een jaartje meer op de teller hoor je niet het minste onderscheidt van toen we deze Delta man een eerste maal zagen op onze podia, en ook dat is al een tijdje geleden. We herinneren ons nog zo Blues Peer editie 2009. Het album is een mix van diepe Delta swamp zoals titeltrack “Tree man” en meer uptempo bluesje als het afsluitende “I’m Getting Old”. Kortom een weerom meer dan behoorlijk statement van Boo Boo Davis met deze “Tree Man” waarvoor Thank You Day…

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review Boo Boo Davis from the UK

Boo Boo Davis “Tree Man” (Black & Tan B&T 045)
Mississippi born and long-time Saint Louis based bluesman James “Boo Boo” Davis is one of the last to have sung the blues in the cotton fields, and his music is the real deal. For many years now he has been working with Dutch label Black & Tan – with label boss Jan Mittendorp on guitar and drummer John Gerritse. Sometimes they will go for a specific idea – say, showcasing Boo Boo’s soul side – but for this set the focus is firmly o producing a straight-forward, down home blues set. Some of these songs are slow-ish, brooding compositions in the vein of Howling Wolf (Davis’ voice certainly suits this kind of thing – led an ear to the title track, or ‘What’s The Matter With You Baby’), whilst ‘She Won’t Call Me On The Telephone’ is nicely up tempo and raucous, and ‘Bring My Baby Back Home’, with some slight soul tinges, is perhaps the smoothest number here – though it’s not that smooth! Boo Boo plays harp too on this set – he is not a virtuoso by any means, but he does the job perfectly well, and that comment goes for the whole album, no showboating or ego-tripping, just real blues the whole way.

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new single on KuvVer Records

Today we released a new single on KuvVer Records

KR 607 – ElectroBluesSociety feat Boo Boo Davis – Dust My Broom

This is the third single from the recording session that ElectroBluesSociety did with Boo Boo Davis in October this year.

Another cover version of a classic blues song with a little ‘electrification’ added. This time it’s an Elmore James song.

Released digital and available on all streaming and download platforms.


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US review new single ElectroBluesSociety & Boo Boo Davis

this is what EastPortlandBlog wrote about the new single

Smokestack Lightnin – ElectroBluesSociety feat Boo Boo Davis

This is so beautiful it hurts. This is live Chicago blues. I’m thirty years past Chicago and I’d swear I rode the Englewoood-Howard B Train tonight, shared a bottle of Christian Brothers on the down low and got clotheslined by “the Hawk” wind when I transferred for the Ravenswood line. Heaven on a bone, Smiffy’s Ribs, testifyin’ for the blues, the signal’s coming in strong, someone got set free tonight.