Sunday, August 30, 2015

CBBLUES PROFILE: HERME WAITS * KEYBOARDS TO BLUES YOU UP!

There are not a lot of blues keyboard players in our neck of the coast, but we have been lucky to find one that shines - Herme Waits. 

CBBlues fans will have met Herme at our 2015 Spring Blues Picnic and remembered his stylish grin and funky finger action. Well, he is back with us at our first BLUES HARP ATTACK at the end of September 2015.

MEET HERME WAITS

Herme admits to admire and enjoy the bluesy jazz that comes out of New York because of the "chords and minor touches". However, he also loves his Chicago blues and the British blues movement as well.

Herme started playing his keyboards in bands when he was 17. His first group was called Psychoblues. He doesn't hold much place in his heart for this band and labels it as "very bad".

Later, with more experience, he joined a rock n roll blues band that also did versions of sonic type garage blues like the Doors and other lysergic styles. It was called Morrigan Blues and they played for many years in Valencia.

Herme then moved to live abroad and spend a few years "undisturbed" without his music. Luckily a friend called him back to music and the blues and they formed a band called Yer Blues. Sadly this band fell apart after a couple of years.

His next band was called The Builders and they mixed the blues up with rock. Then followed yet another band that was a 70's classics called the FUN FANATICS.

Today, Herme performs in a blues band called Middle Ways Blues but he is always open to collaborations and pairs himself up to play both blues and jazz with friends who are musicians and singers.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

CBBLUES PROFILE: DANIEL TENA * HARP ATTACKER * DEDICATED TO BLOWING THE BLUES


It's all about blues music appreciation here at CBBlues Webzine and Blues Fans who attend our Socials will know that these events are guided with gratitude by CBBlues.com's excellent music director, Buddy Paul Tidiman. It is because of his monster connections into Spain's under and above ground - blues vibrations, that we all benefit by being introduced to the exciting players in this genre. .

At this year's CBBlues HARP ATTACK PARTY - all in attendance will be introduced to a busy blues professional with a passion to keep all forms of the blues alive!

MEET DANIEL TENA

Born in Valencia in 1977, Daniel is a blues harmonica performer and singer. He is part a unique generation of Spanish blues revivalists; a movement that I just adore. He has been a professional musician since 2007.

Daniel hooked up with blues guitarist Raul Rabadan T-Bonski and in 2007 and created the their own blues band called Nasty Boogie. Since that time they have released two CD recordings - 'Moanin' at Midnight' (2009), and 'Fresh Little Fish' (2012).

In 2010, Daniel and Raul created yet another style of blues tribute act called Big Holler, which is the only pre-war blues genre duo in Valencia. This act is filled with music influenced by the pre-war blues, country blues and the more primitive visions of American Folk Blues Music.

Big Holler's CD is called "Burn Your Bridges" (2011) and it was a big hit for the duo being promoted at some hot spots including Hell Paso de Leganes (Madrid), the Honky Tonk (Barcelona), the Museu d'Art Modern de Barcelona, who recorded a 45 minute appearance for a TV3 program called "Cava de Blues" ( see below video )

Needless to say, these revivalist are finding a bevvy of welcoming blues supporters making them one of the most active and present blues performers in Spain.



Daniel Tena has some great backbone performance experiences, bumping notes with musical masters such as Igor Prado, Lynwood Slim or Gene Taylor.

He is also a member of other bands such as Medicine Show Company and The Moneymakers.

Don't miss Daniel Tena

Daniel Tena LINKS TO MORE PERFORMANCE VIDEOS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hDxMNPNV80

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

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

Monday, August 10, 2015

INTERVIEW with MADRID'S MONSTER BLUESMAN * EDU "BIG HANDS" MANAZAS by Buddy Paul for CBBlues.com


OK Edu Manazas (Edu Big Hands) is a bluesman from Madrid. This interview came about because Edu's manager Dina came by our jam looking for a gig for Edu. She liked my harp style and mentioned a duo possibly.

I went to a gig of Edu's when he was in Valencia and we played the blues and had a real laugh. We got off on each others playing, which will possibly lead to more in the future, but right now Edu is all over the country - and I got hungry goats to feed!

INTERVIEW