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BIO

 

Kai Strauss
& The Electric Blues All Stars

Kai Strauss has been a well-known name among European Blues lovers since the early nineties. The guitarist and singer discovered his passion for the music of Albert King, Buddy Guy, the Vaughan brothers and many others as a teenager in the 1980s and soon countless nights at the local blues jams followed. From the mid 1990s on you could find him on stages all over Europe alongside Texan harmonica player Memo Gonzalez and today, after more than 25 years on the road, Strauss is mentioned in the same breath with contemporary US blues guitar heavy hitters.
Now, at the age of 50, he released his sixth album – aptly titled “In My Prime”. Strauss is an experienced musician with a signature style, grown up from the respect he has for his idols. He knows all the pioneers: Guitar Slim, Luther Tucker, all three Kings, Otis Rush and Magic Sam. You can’t pin him on anyone, and yet they all live through his playing, traditional and contemporary all in one.
Strauss understands that the music should always tell a story. On “In My Prime”, a first-class band lights a fire of 70’s funky blues influences underneath Kai, and his heartfelt vocals and strong guitar playing full of punches of feelings and emotions shine through new original songs about personal experiences (“Guest In The House Of The Blues”), current topics (“World Crisis Blues”) and also the dark side of life (“Put That Bottle Down”).
Maybe he is, as he says, in his prime with this release. But “In My Prime” is definitely not just a repetition of his previous work, but evidence of his musical and personal growth that will ensure him as a meaningful and exciting blues artist for years to come.
Strauss is a multiple German Blues Award winner and tours all year with his international group Kai Strauss & The Electric Blues All Stars.

 

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

„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.“
Blues Matters! UK

„Strauss vibrates with deep musical understanding… he shows the killer instinct that the old masters like Magic Sam had – Highway Blues is one example. Strauss‘ so good here it’s scary.“
Otis Grand, London (UK)

„Blues Champions League.“
Bluesnews (GER)

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

 

FACEBOOK:
www.facebook.com/kaistraussblues

 

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.“

 

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