As many of you know I have been touring with the 2018 Ruf's Blues Caravan this year and also with my own band! It's has been such a great year meeting so many great people and playing with some really great musicians! We concluded our European Blues Caravan Tour on September 30th, 2018 at Bonten Hannen in Oosterloo, Belgium; featuring Mike Zito, Vanja Sky and myself with our kick ass rhythm section with Roger Inniss and Mario Dawson!
We started right up on October 4th on our US Blues Caravan where Ally Venable an upcoming and very talented young guitarist and singer from Texas joined myself and Mike. We started on the east coast at the Stanhope House in Stanhope, New Jersey and ended the tour at Lefty's in Des Moines Iowa!
I am now looking forward to playing with my band and starting the "LET IT GO" European Tour that officially starts in January, 2019! We will be playing one show at home at Famous Dave's on November 23rd in Minneapolis, MN, the day after Thanksgiving! I am looking forward to the coming year doing what I love and meeting so many great people from around the world!
I wanted to share with all of you some HIGHLIGHTS from this year!
THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR COMING OUT TO THE SHOWS!
I look forward to the NEW YEAR!
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On September 21st the 2018 BLUES CARAVAN DVD/CD was released! This was recorded at Cafe Hahn in Koblenz in January 27, 2018! You can get your copy at rufrecords.de
The 2018 Ruf's Blues Caravan CD recorded LIVE at Cafe Hahn in Koblenz is AVAILABLE NOW!
JOIN Bernard Allison, Mike Zito & Vanja Sky on their 2018 European Tour! This CD / DVD release revives a unique Blues Caravan! A unique live piece to experience the Blues Caravan of 2018 again and again!
This was no ordinary club tour. This was the Blues Caravan 2018. If you’ve followed Ruf’s rolling revue since it started life in 2005, you’ll already know that these shows are must-see events, throwing together three stellar artists on one bill – then letting the chemistry do the rest.
Traditionally, the Blues Caravan lineup has showcased the label’s breaking talent – from Aynsley Lister to Samantha Fish – and given fans a chance to catch the blues titans of tomorrow before they go ‘boom’. But in 2018, it’s time to mix things up. On this year’s Blues Caravan, you’ll not only find one young gun with a dazzling career ahead of her, but also two heavyweights with a sky-high reputation. Let’s welcome them to the stage…
This CD / DVD release revives a unique Blues Caravan! A unique live piece to experience the Blues Caravan of 2018 again and again!
The accompanying DVD was recorded on 27.01.2018 at Café Hahn in Koblenz!
Ruf’s tireless dedication to the blues means it hunts far beyond the US and UK for its new signings – and the label has struck gold with Croatian gunslinger Vanja Sky. Channelling the fire and flair of Rory Gallagher, Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan, this 23-year-old hot-tip has already broken out in her home country and bordering Balkan States. On this CD / DVD she presents songs from her first studio album "Bad Penny". Vanja says, „I’m very excited to play on the Blues Caravan 2018,” she says, “and looking forward to meeting a lot of new people and sharing my music with them. My shows are filled with great energy and I always give everything when I’m on stage. I’m gonna play songs from my debut album, and also some cover songs – so people can definitely expect some great music and fun.”
Some surnames command instant respect on the blues scene. As the son of the mighty Luther Allison – the late Chicago blues titan who was Ruf’s first signing back in 1994 – Bernard Allison has added to the family legend and carved out his own mythology as a world-class songwriter and performer. For this year’s Blues Caravan, he’ll be drawing on an acclaimed back catalogue that includes 1997’s US debut Keepin’ The Blues Alive and 2000’s classic Born With The Blues, and slipping between genres as only a master can. “My show is all about sharing my musical talent and presenting different styles like blues, rock and funk. There’ll be lots of energy, because I feed off of my fans and love interacting with them on and off stage. You can expect a fun time – the Allison way!” says Bernard.
If you’re remotely serious about modern blues, you’ll have followed the twists and turns of Mike Zito’s fascinating career. The Missouri-born bandleader overcame his crippling early addictions to become one of modern America’s sharpest songwriters, and few artists have written with such stark eloquence as he did on 2011’s Greyhound album. In 2012, Mike threw us a curveball, lining up alongside Devon Allman and Cyril Neville as a key member of Royal Southern Brotherhood – and went on to stay with the supergroup for two critically feted albums. But the call of his own muse was too strong, and in 2014, Mike burst straight back into his solo career with Keep Coming Back and Make Blues Not War. “I have long wanted to join the Blues Caravan and run away, so I’m excited,” he says. “My shows are energetic and passionate: I try hard to give everything I’ve got and make every note count. You can expect rocking blues guitar, with a dose of soul vocals, and a mix of my best songs.”