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“Contemporary Blues” is waarschijnlijk de beste omschrijving van de muziek van deze geroutineerde band uit Rotterdam. Soms klinkt er funk of harde soul om uiteindelijk weer terug te keren bij de old school blues.

Geïnspireerd door innovatieve blues muzikanten zoals Lucky Peterson, Joe Louis Walker en Chris Cain heeft Fat Harry and the Fuzzy Licks een unieke stijl ontwikkeld, dat niet vaak wordt gespeeld aan deze kant van de oceaan. Low-down dirty shuffles en langzame blues worden gemakkelijk afgewisseld met een mix van andere stijlen uit de Afro-Amerikaanse muzikale erfgoed, zoals soul, funk en gospel.

Meervoudig grammy award winnaar Joe Louis Walker (Harold’s grootste voorbeeld) coverde hun song “Send you back” op zijn album “Between A Rock & the Blues” en koos de band om hem te begeleiden bij Europese optredens. Ook zijn Fat Harry & The Fuzzy Licks band de vaste Europese begeleidingsband van een andere zwaargewicht in de blues: Preston Shannon, “The King Of Beale Street”. Hierbij soms aangevuld met de amerikaanse baslegende Henry Oden en een blazerssectie.

Op de laatste cd van Fat Harry & the Fuzzy Licks, “Hard Lovin’ Man” laat Fat Harry horen dat hij alle stijlen van de blues tot in de puntjes beheerst. Op maar liefst acht nummers wordt de band muzikaal ondersteund door Henry Oden en op twee songs is Preston Shannon te horen met nummers die een eerbetoon zijn aan Albert King.

Net als het album “Pentatonic Pleasure” staat ook dit album vol van diversiteit.

Andere namen waar Fat Harry en/of The Fuzzy Licks hebben samengewerkt zijn o.a.; Tail Dragger, John Primer, Sax Gordon Beadle, Craig Horton en Melvia Chick Rodgers.

Fat Harry & Jan de Ligt zijn genomineerd voor Dutch Blues Awards 2014 in de categorieen gitarist en saxofonist.

Fat Harry & the Fuzzy Licks staat voor kwaliteit en muzikale gedrevenheid om muziek neer te zetten waar liefde en plezier in de blues van afstraalt!



Contemporary blues is probably the best way to describe the music from this band out of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Inspired by innovative blues musicians such as Lucky Peterson, Joe Louis Walker and Chris Cain; Fat Harry and the Fuzzy Licks have developed a unique style, that isn't often played at the opposite end of the Atlantic Ocean. Low-down dirty shuffles and slow blues are easily ex-changed and mixed with other styles out of the Afro-American musical heritage, such as soul, funk and gospel. Their last CD "Pentatonic Pleasures" is a good example of this versatility, and the majority of their tunes are originals.

Harry's "fat" guitar sound is inspired by the three Kings (B.B, Freddie and especially Albert King) and has been heard at numerous clubs and festivals in Holland and Belgium. In Chicago people were also impressed when he played at the famous Buddy Guy's Legends and Kingston Mines.In 2007 he also played with Joe Louis Walker at the Torch Club in Sacramento. Keyboardist Rene Schutte never disavows his gospel roots and he has played in several bands before joining the Fuzzy Licks in 2002. The rhythm section has been faithful to Harry since the late eighties but has changed in 2007; Patrick Obrist left the band and is replaced by Monique de Jong on bass. Monique is the youngest player in the band but probably the most experienced; so she played with Mr.Boogie Woogie, Sam Taylor and Nick Holt (Magic Slim’s brother). On drums there is Jacco v/d Heuvel. They are responsible for the tight and funky sound and accompany Harry in his search for new musical challenges. Since those early days, Jan Peter Klijn (a.ka."LD") has been their manager, sound engineer, web-designer and trouble-shooter. Occasionally the band is joined by Jan de Ligt (nicknamed by Harry as "Johnny Delight") on tenor sax or Robbert Tuinhof. The first one is a well known veteran in the Dutch musical scene.

The song "You Didn't Think About That" from the album "Pentatonic Pleasures" was chosen by the Belgian blues magazine "Back To The Roots" to go on their anniversary CD in 2003, along with celebrities like Kim Wilson and Craig Horton. The song “Driving Machine”was featured in 2007 on the Chicago Big City Blues sampler cd, here also along with a lot of big names in blues and roots music. The whole album received very positive criticism by several international blues critics and fellow colleagues alike. At the International Pajot Blues Festival in 2003 they were considered (by the press) as the only band at the festival who could captivate the audience for a whole hour. Harry,Monique and Jacco are also bandmembers / drop ins in The Robbert Fossen Bluesband. Harry is also featured on his cd “Got It Covered”(2007) and did a short tour with Melvia “Chick”Rodgers, a phenomenal Soul,Gospel and R&B singer from Chicago. He is also featured on a solo project of his good friend Henry Oden, who played bass behind such greats as Freddie King, Jimmy Reed, Lowell Fulson and Joe Louis Walker. And then there was the Blues Alive Festival in Sumperk, Czech Republic;Harry was asked by Joe Louis Walker himself to play second guitar during the whole show ! Summary: a Fat Harry and the Fuzzy Licks show stands guarantor for a professional performance with true and honest music! Albert King would have said: "let's have a natural ball"



Floorplan for Fat Harry & the Fuzzy Licks

Thu Apr 27, 2017 @15:00 - 06:00PM
Delft Blue Music Session, Steck
Sat Apr 29, 2017
Nispen Blues
Sun May 21, 2017 @15:00 - 06:00PM
Delft Blue Music Session, Steck
Fri Jun 02, 2017
Nunspeet, cafe de Stoof
Sat Jun 24, 2017
Fri Sep 08, 2017
Tour Kat Riggins
Sat Sep 30, 2017