Tove Bøygard, Perfect Americana from Norway

tove-boygard-24022017-06Norway have several accomplished artists in the Americana style. Claudia Scott, Lucky Lips, Darling West, Knut Reiersrud, Steinar Albrigtsen are but some of the best ones. One of the Norwegian Americana artists, Tove Bøygard has been almost there for several years, but with her latest album,  she has taken the final step up to the same level as the before mentioned artists. Last night she held a release concert for Blåe Drag at Herr Nilsen in Oslo.

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James McMurtry Live in Oslo

james-mcmurtry-14022017-03One of my music traditions when in Austin, is the Wednesdays when both Jon Dee Graham and James McMurtry with The Heartless Bastards play the Continental Club. Also the Tuesdays when James McMurtry plays solo at the Continental Gallery. Last night  he played at Buckleys Roots & Blues Joint in Oslo with his band, and it was almost like being back in Austin.

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Chip Taylor – songwriter and storyteller par excellence

chip-taylor-07022017-06I have had the great pleasure to see and hear several concerts with Chip Taylor during the last 12 years, both alone and together with fellow artist Carrie Rodriguez. Since it has been some years since last time I saw him, it was a true pleasure to see Chip Taylor Wednesday night together with the two Norwegians, singer Paal Flaata and pianist Gøran Grini at the small club Krøsset in Oslo.

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Black night at Rockefeller with Kreator, Sepultura and Soilwork

kreator-07022017-07Last night was trash metal night at the Rockefeller Music Hall in Oslo. Two of the veterans from that style, Kreator from Germany and Sepultura from Brazil played, together with with Swedish heavy band Soilwork and Belgian death metal band Aborted. (Photo above: Kreator)

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Trondheim Calling 2017

death-by-unga-bunga-04022017-09Last year was my first vist to the showcase festival Trondheim Calling. I liked it so much that I decided to come back this year. The festival took place this weekend in Trondheim, and it has grown to be a good alternative to, or to compliment the Norwegian big brother of showcase festivals, by:Larm. Three days with seminars, debates, concerts and networking means long and intense days, but the quality of everything made it definitely worth while. (Photo above: Sebastian Olsen from Death By Unga Bunga)

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