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Kai Strauss
& The Electric Blues Allstars

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NEWS

New Interview in British Blues Matters! magazine 108, 2019:
„This is high energy top quality electric blues as it should be, from the heart and with punches of feelings and emotions. Hard to believe this man is a blues player from Germany and not from Chicago or Memphis.“

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 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. Today, after 25 years on the road you can’t actually label Strauss as Just another European and separate him out from American artists – he is too good for that. In fact, he’s among the few of musicians still jumping the authentic Blues with inspired fine blues guitar improvisation firmly grounded in that old Chicago-bred music that we all love.                                                                                                                              .
On his latest album “Live In Concert” Kai Strauss vibrates with deep musical understanding and shows a real grounding in fundamentals and an instinctive urge to fit together the right notes and solos. – there is nothing here that is filled with uncalled-for, frenzied guitar lines. Nothing mechanical or out of place. His repertoire on this CD sounds as if it came from Theresa’s Lounge in Chicago 1967.
As British blues guitar legend Otis Grand puts it „Clearly, Real Blues is embedded in Kai’s skull, and I think he finally did it and is steering himself fittingly. As BB King says on his greatest live recording: „We’re going to do our best to try and move you tonight – if you like the blues, I think we can.” . Kai Strauss and his ace band will do the same here.“
Strauss is a four times German Blues Awards winner and 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

INTERNATIONAL CD REVIEWS:

SOUL BAG (F)
BLUES JUNCTION (USA)
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)

 

Albums:

KAI STRAUSS „LIVE IN CONCERT“

Deluxe double CD – CBHCD 2032 (2019)
Fold-Out Digipack + 8 Page Booklet

KAI STRAUSS „THE BLUES IS HANDMADE“

180g VINYL ONLY! CBHLP 2030 (2018)

KAI STRAUSS „GETTING PERSONAL“

CBHCD 2030 (2017) – www.continental.nl
with special guests:
Big Daddy Wilson, Tony Vega, Sax Gordon
German Record Critics‘ Award 3. quarter 2017

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.

 

PRESS QUOTES:

„Excellent playing, with a lot of maturity and emotions.“
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records, Chicago (USA)

“Blues Champions League.“
Bluesnews, GER

„A spectacular performance… UK promoters really need to get this band across the Channel A.S.A.P.“
Blues in Britain, UK 12/2017

“These are very serious musicians who have a deep understanding as well as a soulful connection to this music which comes from a lifetime of study, practice and wood shedding.“
David Mac, BLUES JUNCTION, USA

„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

“Kai Strauss is one of the top blues musicians today. Traditional and contemporary all in one.”
Mike Wheeler, Chicago (USA)

„First-rate blues guitarist. A very impressive album (I Go By Feel).“
The Blues Magazine, UK 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

 

 

CONTACT:

BOOKING & BAND PROMOTION
Andreas Lange
andreaschristianlange(at)web.de
+49 178 5339759

E-MAIL:
info(at)kaistrauss.com

FACEBOOK:
www.facebook.com/kaistraussblues

RECORD LABEL:
www.continental.nl

 

REFERENCE:


KAI STRAUSS:

 …played gigs or was on stage with:
Mike Wheeler, Steve Guyger, Lurrie Bell, Jimmy Johnson, Mathew Skoller, Saron Crenshaw, Big Daddy Wilson, Dede Priest, Tommy Harris, Keith Dunn, Carey Bell, Sugar Ray Norcia, ‚Monster‘ Mike Welch, Michael Ledbetter, Darrell Nulisch, Duke Robillard, Alan Haynes, Alex Schulz, Larry Garner, 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, Big Pete, Boyd Small, Angela Brown, Shawn Pittman, Johnny Moeller (Fabulous Thunderbirds), Big Dave, Deitra Farr, Knock Out Greg & Blue Weather and many more.

…performed at these international festivals:
Unna Blues Festival (Germany); Moulin Blues Festival (Ospel, Holland); Int. Blues Festival Wespelaar (Belgium); Blues Estafette Utrecht (Holland); Nottoden Blues Festival (Norway); Ridderkerk Blues Festival (Holland); Cahors Blues Festival (France); Jazz & Blues Festival Hertogenbosch (Holland); 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), Lahnstein Blues Festival (Germany), Blue Wave Festival (Germany) a.o.                               .

… and in the following countries:
USA, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Denmark, Greece, France, Spain, Luxemburg, Italy, Turkey, Hungary, Finnland, Germany

 

 

 

& The Electric Blues Allstars