One of the top blues guitarist on the Valencian scene is Raúl Rabadán is originally from Barcelona where he was raised with a guitar playing brother who was all about rockabilly, rock n roll, soul and blues. Of course Raúl started a blues band in Barcelona called “Lookout!” but it wasn’t long before he found our harp playing friend Danny Boy Sánchez in Valencia and started to collaborate with him and hence moved to Valencia.
Danny Boy introduced Raúl to a fellow harmonica player and another CBBlues friend - Daniel Tena and they formed “Nasty Boogie” in order to explore and perform Texas & Chicago blues as well as early jump blues style. Then later they added country blues to their repertoire and called themselves “Big Hollers”. He is also in another band called Dixie Jumble together with Marian Zorio and this band blends blues with swing.
Raúl is also a recording artist with three CD’s including "Moanin' At Midnight"( 2009) y "Fresh Little Fish"(2012) and with Nasty Boogie and a self-titled CD with Big Hollers.
Festivals on his play list include the Rock And River, Almeriblues, Benicassim Blues Festival, Bamboo Blues Fest and the Winter Blues Festival.
Collaborations include Danny Boy, Francisco Blanco "Latino" and David Giorcelli and support gigs include backing up the grand harmonica player Lynwood Slim and the Igor Prado Band on their Spanish tour in 2010.
While Raúl likes most types of music, it is blues that give him the most expression.
“It is the most intense music I know and that gives me the most joy,” explains the artist.
He is also a fan of Texas blues especially T-Bone Walker of which he has taken his blue moniker from as “Raúl T-Bonski” and Lightnin' Hopkins of which he has a dedicated tattoo on his arm.
“I also like Blind Lemon Jefferson,” concludes the guitarist.
As for Paul Orta, Raúl admits to enjoying the masters harmonica style a great deal but he has never performed with him before this Spanish tour.
“My brother has all of his records and I have seen him in concert in Barcelona y Valencia a couple of times.”
And like many musicians of this genre, there is continual frustration to gain acceptance especially in Spain where the genre is not indigenous.
“Well, I'm not very optimistic about the blues that is being done in Spain, in general, however there are exceptions” explains Raúl.
“Sometimes it seems that both festivals and organizations that bill themselves as blues are not driven by aficionados nor connoisseurs of the genre. As for the public, I think that there is a little more interest, but we still have much to learn in all aspects. What I mean is - for example - not all reggae are just Bob Marley songs and not all blues are just BB King songs.”