The Notodden Blues Festival – Highlights from last year

Kid Andersen at the Notodden Blues Festival 2011. © Per Ole HagenThursday 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).

Eric Burdon at the Notodden Blues Festival 2011. © Per Ole HagenOne 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.

Beth Hart at the Notodden Blues Festival 2011. © Per Ole HagenTwo female artists who has been there before, Beth Hart and Dana Fuchs, were both voted back by the audience, and true to form they both did great.

Dana Fuchs at the Notodden Blues Festival 2011. © Per Ole HagenDana Fuchs with two packed shows, and Beth Hart at the open air show at Brygga Saturday afternoon.

Trampled Under Foot at the Notodden Blues Festival 2011. © Per Ole HagenTrampled Under Foot are another popular band who have been to Notodden before, They won the Blues Challenge some years ago, and are a great live band, consisting of two brothers an sister Danielle.

Robert Cray at the Notodden Blues Festival 2011. © Per Ole HagenRobert 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.

Black rebel Communion at the Notodden Blues Festival 2011. © Per Ole HagenOne of the roughest acts let year was Black Country Communion with Joe Bonamassa and Glenn Hughes as the front guys, and with the son of Led Zeppelin drummer Jon Bonham , Jason, on drums.

Black Rebel Communion at the Notodden Blues Festival 2011. © Per Ole HagenBlack Country Commiunion also played the open air show at Brygga to enthusiastic response from the audience.

Lil' Ed at the Notodden Blues Festival 2011. © Per Ole Hagen    One of the most charming artists, and also the one who did most for the audience, was Lil’ Ed. He performed in his red suit and hat, and was received well by the audience. He was one of my favorites.

Hans Bolandsaas at the Notodden Blues Festival 2011. © Per Ole HagenBesides 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 at the Notodden Blues Festival 2011. © Per Ole HagenVidar 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.

Jan Erik Vold at the Notodden Blues Festival 2011. © Per Ole HagenThe 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.

Kaare Virus at the Notodden Blues Festival 2011. © Per Ole HagenAll pictures are © Per Ole Hagen and may not be used without written consent.

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