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Hugo Race and Michelangelo Russo /AUS, IT/
One doesn´t have to be a smart cookie to notice that Hugo Race, a well-known psychedelic ´darkist´, whom we have already met twice at BLUES ALIVE with different projects (2001 and 2012) has a liking for bluesman John Lee Hooker. It is not even necessary to know that he put a cover of Hooker´s song Send Me Your Pillow right on his third album Second Revelator. A great deal of Race´s music, in fact, is closely related to Hooker, which of course, doesn´t mean that Race shamelessly steals from him - it is simply a kind of mutual tuning. So it isn´t much of a surprise that Race and his fellow from The True Spirit, harmonica player Michelangelo Russo (also a successful fine artist) have now made a whole Hookerish album - especially when we commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth this year.

Conservative Hooker´s fans may be a bit surprised to see how the duo handled the most as well as less famous bluesman´s songs. It all happened during one day and one night in soundman Boris Wilsdorf´s Berlin studio Einstürzende Neubauten. And these recordings are probably the most psychedelic among those which bear Race´s signature. Hallucinogenic sounds of looped guitars and harmonicas, delayed vocals, various industrial and ambiently sounding noises, but at the same time somewhere deep the typical Hookerish uninterruptible current of a ´never-ending boogie´. Sound dirt intersects here with crystal purity. ´Hooker´s today´s world´ is exactly like this, at least in Race and Russo´s interpretation. Their live performance is surely gonna be an exceptional experience.



Preparations for the 25th year of the festival

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Blues Aperitiv has been put off

The new date will be announced later.


The date of Blues Alive in 2021 is known

XXVI. Blues Alive will take place from 11th to 13th November 2021.


The date of Blues Aperitiv in 2021 is known

The Blues Aperitiv in 2021 will take place on March 20.