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Kai Strauss
& The Electric Blues Allstars

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BIO

Kai Strauss is a well known name among European blues lovers and „… is truly amazing, as authentic as any Texas or Chicago axe slinger around.“, Gary Reinhard, WITR Radio/Bad Dog Blues, Rochester New York.

Guitarist/singer Kai Strauss grew up in a small working class town in northern Germany. He discovered his passion for the music of Albert King, Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan and many others as a teenager in the 1980s through his parents’ record collection. Soon, countless nights at the local blues jams followed, and from the 1990s on you could find him on stages all over Europe alongside Texas harmonica player Memo Gonzalez. After 15 years on the road with Gonzalez, Strauss started fronting his own group The Electric Blues All-Stars.

Kai Strauss now presents his third album “Getting Personal” on the Dutch label Continental Blue Heaven/CRS, and continues to follow his own course with the more contemporary sound that he presented on his award-winning sophomore album “I Go By Feel”. Strauss, who enjoys an excellent reputation for his spicy Texas Blues guitar licks, adds fresh Chicago & Memphis flavors to his musical gumbo on this new studio effort. “Getting Personal” features lots of tasteful guitar playing – from the dirty funkiness of “The Blues Is Handmade” (written by Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Inductee Tommie Harris) to the expressive soulfulness of “Blues for Anne”, an intense 9 minutes of moaning guitar dedicated to the memory of Strauss’ mother. You will also encounter honest, confident vocals, original songwriting, and an outstanding groove that is hard to find this side of the big pond. Together with fabulous guest appearances by US saxophone export No. 1 Sax Gordon, the wonderfully strong yet sensitive voice of Big Daddy Wilson from North Carolina, and Houston guitar ace Tony Vega, this package of 11 brand new titles represents a new peak in Kai Strauss’ career, and should be the next step up for this serious and already highly respected artist in the international blues & roots world.

Kai Strauss is a passionate live performer with “…exceptional tone and phrasing.” Blues Revue, USA and honed his chops over the course of more than 20 years of playing clubs and festivals. The sympathetic band leader tours all year with his international group Kai Strauss & The Electric Blues All-Stars.

Facebook:
www.facebook.com/kaistraussblues

INTERNATIONAL LIVE REVIEWS:

13e Bluezy Blues Festival / Ridderkerk NL, 04/2016

CDs:
KAI STRAUSS „GETTING PERSONAL“

CBHCD 2030 (2017) – www.continental.nl
with special guests:
Big Daddy Wilson, Tony Vega, Sax Gordon

KAI STRAUSS „I GO BY FEEL“

IGBF Cover 0817

CBHCD 2027 (2015) – www.continental.nl
with special guests:
Mike Wheeler, Tommy Harris, Tony Vega, Sax Gordon, Big Pete
Blues in Germany Award 2015 BEST ALBUM

KAI STRAUSS “ELECTRIC BLUES”

KSEB

CECD 49 (2014) – www.continental.nl
with special guests: Sugar Ray Norcia, Darrell Nulisch, Keith Dunn, Sax Gordon, Boyd Small, Doug Jay, Christian Rannenberg
Blues In Germany AWARD 2014 BEST ALBUM

All albums are available in stores across Europe!
In the US available through Bluebeat Musicand www.dwmmusic.com.

„The Blues transpires through every track, this disc („I Go By Feel“) is a must-have to complete the year.
Soul Bag (F), 01/2016

„This album turns out to be the best new album I heard in 2014!“
Ton Wanten, Triple R Blues Radio/NL, 03/2014

„Convincing in all aspects….Strauss also makes a very strong impression as a singer.“
Bluesnews, 03/2014

„Superb album. Highly recommended release.“
Bluesinthenorthwest.com, UK 05/2014

“Kai Strauss plays the international top league of blues guitarists. His tone is full-bodied, and powerful. Kai’s not one of those flashy players. Every single note he plays is on the right spot.”
Detlev Hoegen, CrossCut Records

„Those of us who saw Memo Gonzalez play in the UK will remember lead-guitarist Kai Strauss. At the time, I considered him the best blues guitarist in Europe.“
Blues In Britain (Martin Nott)

„Electric Blues … een geweldig sterk album. KOPEN KOPEN KOPEN!!!“
www.bluesbreeker.nl, 03/2014

 

INTERNATIONAL PRESS REVIEWS:

THE BLUES MAGAZINE (UK)
BLUESBREEKER (NL)
BLUES IN THE NORTH WEST (UK)
TWOJ BLUES (PL)
HEAVEN MAGAZINE (NL)
SOUL BAG (F)
BLUES & CO (F)
BLUES JUNCTION (USA)

 

CONTACT:

For further information or booking requests please contact:
info@kaistrauss.com

or visit:
www.facebook.com/kaistraussblues

 

REFERENCE:


KAI STRAUSS:

 …played regular gigs with:
Memo Gonzalez & The Bluescasters (founder/member for 15 years), Big Daddy Wilson, R&B Caravan, Dede Priest, Keith Dunn, Big Pete, Boyd Small, Angela Brown, Shawn Pittman, Johnny Moeller (Fabulous Thunderbirds), Sydney Youngblood, Big Dave, Kelly Rucker, Gregor Hilden, Deitra Farr, Fay Victor, R&B Caravan, Josh Fulero (Curtis Salgado Band), Christina Jaccard, Doug Jay, Big Bones, Knock Out Greg & Blue Weather, Chris Rannenberg, Guitar Crusher, Ludwig Seuss, Tommy Harris, Ali Neander, Till Hoheneder (Till & Obel), The Matchbox Blues Band, Greg Barrett and more

…was on stage with:
Carey Bell, Sugar Ray Norcia, ‚Monster‘ Mike Welch, Darrell Nulisch, Duke Robillard, Alan Haynes, Alex Schulz, Larry Garner & Band, Rick Estrin, Rusty Zinn, Felix Reyes, The Nighthawks, Robert Lucas, Lee McBee, Dave Specter, Sugar Ray Rayford, Paul Orta, Hash Brown, The Otis Grand Band, Sax Gordon, Jim Suhler, Robin Banks, Tad Robinson, Sugar Blue, Christian Dozzler, B.B. & The Blues Shacks, Toscho Todorovic, Sebel, Martelle, Thomas Blug, Husky, Sissi Perlinger, Al Jones, Peter Schneider, Peter Kern and more

…played at these international festivals:
Unna Blues Festival (Germany); Moulin Blues Festival (Ospel, The Netherlands); Int. Blues Festival Wespelaar (Belgium); Blues Estafette Utrecht (The Netherlands); Nottoden Blues Festival (Norway); Int. Jazzlight Festival Lünen (Germany); Jazz Festival Eindhoven (The Netherlands); Cahors Blues Festival (France); New Orleans Jazz Festival Wendelstein (Germany); Breminale Blues Festival (Germany); Int. Blues Festival Dresden (Germany); Jazz & Blues Festival Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands); Lucerne Blues Sessions (Switzerland); Nuit de Blues Charleroi (Belgium); Bla Festival Aalborg (DK); National Blues Festival Burnley (GB); Blues On The Farm (GB); Blues En Retz Pornic (F); European Breeze (GR); Poggio Picenze In Blues (I) and more

… played in these countries::

USA, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Denmark, Greece, France, Spain, Luxemburg, Italy, Turkey, Hungary, Finnland, Slowenia, Germany

 

 

& The Electric Blues Allstars