One of the most interesting artists in Norway in later years, is Stein Torleif Bjella. He has played for a long time in the band Tolv Volt, and has his solo carreer on the side. Although his solo efforts are definitely the most succesful these days. He was awarded a Norwegian Grammy for his second solo CD, Vonde Visu, and was nominated for his first, Heidersmenn.
Stein Torleif Bjella is first and foremost known for his lyrics. He writes about everyday themes with a big portion of understated humour and irony. He lives at Hallingdal, and writes and sings in his local dialect.
Last weekend Stein Torleif Bjella played at the Working Class Hero festival in Drammen with his band – among the musicians is the legendary HP Gundersen on steel guitar – and here are some pictures from the concert.