Wednesday, March 4, 2015

VIDEO REVIEW: BLUES IS STILL AWEK by Patrick Van Denhove for cbblues.com

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The opportunity to present this band comes from its 20th anniversary in December 2014.

Born in France in 1994, this 4-piece band concentrates on traditional Chicago blues. Bernard Sellam is the singer and guitarist. Stéphane Bertolino is the blues harp player. Joel Ferron is on bass and Olivier Trebel is on drums.

Together they set up the band with the aim to be a one-season summer group playing along the bars in Southern France...

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HOWEVER now they stand with 8 albums, of which the last one was called "rich and famous" and they still cannot believe it! Plus, they are preparing to launch their ninth recording. They have performed in more than 1500 concerts, in France of course but also at prestigious international places like the Montreal Jazz Festival. Now, their chimney is full of awards.

For this review, I tried to select good quality videos, so the majority of the links here are from the indoor Blues Café, in my region of France near Rhône-Alpes.

You can easily find more vids and info from their home website site. Here the link to its English version: http://www.awekblues.com/index.php/en/

This first video "my boss" is from their latest album and it is the perfect example of blues without sadness. It is very professional and I enjoy it from start to finish.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idmAyolx95M

The second one shows them having to warm up the 7000+ people filling the Romans Amphitheater at Vienne in France in 2012, headlining before Keb Mo and Magic Slim. This of course was no problem for these professionals. The song is called "I appreciate" and I hope you do too. I love its taste from the 50ies...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UbXJFK1CD4

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Want one more? "A place where I can hide" illustrates the happy blues they produce. You can see it on the faces of the crowd after the show they are all smiles and I can assure you you will smile too. I have seen them in big environments like the Vienne festival, but also in local show with less than 100 people and the result is always the same because they just love to play and the people get that.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKBOrUjZajY

Now you can go home, but please "Drive an automatic" 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGmfzrjIM9w