Bottleneck John plays ol’timey blues, hokum & spirituals with the roots deep, deep down in the 1920/30’s Mississippi delta. Music that’s intense, sometimes raw but also laidback and emotional.
A journey with songs of legends such as Robert Johnson, Leadbelly, Son House, Charley Patton, Bukka White, Blind Willie Johnson, as well as his own material in this traditional genre. Simply blues like it sounded long ago, one voice and acoustic instruments, a foot pounding out the beat on the floor replaces the drums.
BJ has played all over Europe at clubs and festivals from Norwegian Lofoten in the north down to Tropea in southern Italy. Also tours in the United States and the classic King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas!
Some media quotes here:
“..It doesn’t matter what corner of the planet the artist comes from, you either have a blues soul or you don’t. This man has one in spades!..” – Greg Szalony, Blues Blast Magazine, USA.
“..No doubt, one of the finest Acoustic Blues artists around..” – John Vermilyea, Blues Underground Network, Canada.
“..It’s as if Son House’s voice has come alive again.. Deeply moving!..”
-Don Hooper, Unplugged Records, USA.
“..The Van Gogh of European bluesmen..” -Roy Bainton, Blues Matters Magazine, UK.
Queen Josephine & the Blues Trail
Queen Josephine & the Blues Trail is a Malmö-based blues band formed in 1997. The band mostly tours southern Sweden, but has also entertained audiences in Gothenburg and Stockholm. With their line-up of vocalist, piano/harmonica, guitar, bass and drums, they play blues music with roots in Chicago, as well as other songs that strike a chord with them. They take inspiration from Sonny Boy Williamson (II), Little Walter, Freddie King and a number of other artists.
They have passed along the following message to us:
We had the pleasure of performing at your anniversary party in Nalen, Stockholm last September. It was such a great night! Before that, we have been to Stockholm at your request a couple of times. It is so inspiring to see your devotion and your skills on the dance floor. We look forward to seeing you again!