Bluesman & The Hammond Grooves is a bluesband from Askim, Norway. We are special happy to play gigs for a small amount people at pub as well as many people at big festivals The band was established in 2001 in Fredrikstad and in 2003 the band played as a warming act for master guitarplayer Knut Reiersrud at the Kraftfestival in Askim Norway. After this, the band went in the studio at Høgda Soundstudio in Moss and NRK Studio in Fredrikstad and recorded own stuff and a version of Robert Johnssons Crossroads. The Crossroads song was put out on Acidplanet.com and went on to the 1 place on their blueslist, voted by fellow musicplayers. The band was put to a rest in 2004. In the summer of 2008 Stig-Ole Skaldebø (Guitar and Vocal ) and Fritz Hunstad, Master Hammond player , met each other at a cafè in down town Askim, and decided to start up the band again. They had annoncement on net and in the local newspaper because they wanted new blood in the rythmesection. Thru this activity they found drummer Luke Holton from Australia, and Stig Adolfsen from Norway on Bass. Mr. Bluesman & The Hammond Grooves played their first concert with the new band at Askim Kulturhus, Askim, Norway on 24.01.2009 for full house. The band booked many concerts for the spring 2009, and we played at places as Rudolf Pub ( well know bluesclub in Oslo) and Buckleys (No 1 Bluesclub in Oslo). We also played a one hour live concert at NRK, Oestfold direct on the air and was exposed on the TV news both in Oestfold and the whole Norway on NRK TV channel 1.We had our second concert in Askim Kulturhus, Askim, before christmas 2009. Spring 2010 we had to change some of the players in the band because of sickness and other plans. New Drummer is Rune Bryn and Bassplayer Jimmy Jesultito Nielsen. Our playinglist consist of song from Albert Collins, Robert Johnsson, Otish Rush, Dizzie Gillispie, Jmmy Hendrix, Eric Clapton and our self a.o. Since the band consist of both jazzplayers and bluesplayers the battle against jazz and blues are always there. Much of playing is bare improvisation, and we do not play the songs as they are on records, or the same way every night. We take care of the soul of the blues, and see to so it comes from our hearts..
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