Thursday the 25th blues festival at Notodden starts, with headliners like ZZ Top, Paul Rodgers, Roomful Of Blues, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and many other great blues artists. Here are some of the artists from 2011 while we are counting down for this year’s festival. The winner of that year’s Blues Prize was Kid Andersen (picture above).
One of the headliners last year, and also one of the best acts, was Eric Burdon. He is 70 years old, but still has that dynamite voice he had in the 60s. He did a great show, and I was really impressed both by his voice and his stamina.
Robert Cray played Notodden in the mid 90s, and personally I liked his gig in 2011 better. He isn’t the most vivid performer, but his playing is rock solid, and his voice is smooth. Always a pleasure to hear him play.
Besides Kid Andersen, the winner of the yearly Blues Prize, Vidar Busk and newcomer Hans Bolandsaas also played at the festival. Bolandsaas has played for many years, but he has just recently come to fame when he won the TV-show X Factor in 2010.
Vidar Busk has been one of the best Norwgian blues artists since the late 90s, and he is still solid as ever. he didn’t win any fashion prizes in his yellow suit, but he gets lots of posing for flamboyance on stage.
The festival closes every year with a Sunday afternoon concert, and this time it was the duo Jan Erik Vold and Kaare Virud. They released an LP with Dylan songs in Norwegian in the 60s, and t Notodden they did a 2011 version of these songs. Great fun, great translations, and a prefect way to end last year’s festival at Notodden.