Double Blues Awards Winner 2014: Best Dutch Blues Singer with Best Dutch Blues Band!
Dutch Blues Challenge Winner 2012 & 2016 and International Blues Challenge Finalist 2013/2017
Dutch Blues Awards nominee 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2016 Best Blues Vocalist
Fossen & Struijk Band - "Clubbing"
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After listening to this CD Rick Kreher (Muddy Waters guitar player) wrote about the funny fact that it takes a band from The Netherlands to keep the Chicago Blues torch burning.
This outfit won the Dutch Blues Challenge in 2012 and has since been acclaimed in the American blues press. Having listened to this set, that is no great surprise.
This four-piece band plays raw Chicago blues very much in the style of the purists’ favourite, the late, great Magic Slim. Robbert Fossen on vocals, guitar and harmonica, Peter Struijk on guitars, bassist Jan Markus and drummer Eduard Nijenhuis know how to hit that classic, low-down groove and keep it there throughout, with the guitars and blues harp punctuating and piercing the irresistible rhythms in time-honoured fashion, though sadly this style is all too rarely heard these days – and rarely as effectively as it is here.
The noisy cover of Muddy Waters’ ‘Can’t Be Satisfied’ has just acoustic guitar and harp; on many blues revival albums it would be a highlight.
Robbert Fossen: Vocals, guitar, harmonica Peter Struijk: Guitar Jan Markus: Bass Eduard Nijenhuis: Drums