WINNER OF THE EUROPEAN BLUES CHALLENGE 2011 IN BERLIN

 

It’s not easy to pin down a band like Howlin' Bill in a few words. It would not do them justice. They mainly perform original songs, with occasionally some carefully chosen covers, thrown in the mix for good measure. The Howlin' Bill recipe is a blend of Blues, Rock 'n' Roll, Boogie, Swing, Rock and Rockabilly. The band travels the Blues Highway, but also dares to wander of the beaten path to explore little known back roads, visiting different styles of Rhythm ‘n’ Roots along their journey. There is however always a common denominator present: every song on the set possesses a high dose of “hip-shaking”.

For more than ten years Howlin’ Bill has worked hard to achieve his musical goals; writing, recording and relentlessly playing in every nook and cranny of the Benelux countries. The band released their debut album “Cool it!” in 2003. Exceptionally well received by fans and media alike, it encouraged Bill and his cohorts to record the follow-up, entitled “Strike” in 2006. In 2009, during a sold-out concert at Belgium’s “Temple Of Rock” venue, the “Ancienne Belgique”, Howlin’ Bill recorded an electrifying live album. That night, Howlin’ Bill became larger than live – quite a feat considering the man himself stands six feet five tall – on bare feet. This live album accurately documents an exhilarating performance of pumping roots-based Blues and Rock, with lyrics about good women gone bad, booze, worn-out shoes, and the trials and tribulations of romantic love – in short, the album features sixteen songs about real life as most people know it.

And the band kept on touring; performing no less than three times at the Belgium Rhythm 'n' Blues festival in Peer, playing at the Cahors Blues Festival, Terri’Thouars Blues Festival and Blues au Chateau in France, while in Sweden they were welcomed to perform at the Mönsterås Blues Fest, thr Norrtälje Blues Fest, the Linköping Jazz & Blues Festival and the Åmål's Blues Fest. In Germany, Poland and Switzerland they were respectively at the Blues in Lehrte Festival, the Jesien & Bluesem Festival and the Frauenfeld Blues.

Howlin’ Bill was pronounced winner of the 1st European Blues Challenge in Berlin in March 2011 and was subsequently invited to perform at yet more prestigious festivals around Europe, including the Notodden Blues Festival in Norway, the Lucerne Blues Festival in Switzerland and the Blues sur Seine Festival in France. In celebration of their victory, they released the 12” vinyl EP “Howl”, produced by Kai Strauss. The most recent album to date, entitled “Date With The Devil” was released in 2012 and was, once again, lauded by aficionados and critics alike.

In spite of significant success on most of the important club and festival stages of Europe, the distributors of Howlin’ Bill’s recorded output remained somewhat discreet until now, and therefor Naked Productions and Blues Boulevard Records decided to collaborate on the release of “Midnight Hero”, a two-disc compilation with disc one containing tracks culled from all three studio albums, as well as four tracks from the vinyl EP, which were previously unreleased on compact disc, and disc two featuring the entire live album recorded at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels.

Now backed by drummer Daddy T and bass player Walkin’ Winne, his rock solid rhythm section, and with the recently recruited new ace-guitar-player, Rico Vega, Howlin’ Bill and his bottomless deep voice and howlin’ harp continue to entertain and razzle-dazzle audiences everywhere.

 

 

 


Shows

25-01-2014 The Cosy Corner Assen (NL)
14-02-2014 Belvedere Delft (NL)
15-03-2014 De Ru1ne Lembeke
21-03-2014 Provoosthuis Bergen op Zoom (NL)
29-03-2014 Honky Tonk Dendermonde
05-04-2014 Kultuurschuur Wetteren
06-04-2014 Premier Ede (NL)
10-05-2014 More Blues Festival Zottegem
31-05-2014 Trieux Tonic Bluesfest Bretagne (F)
20-06-2014 Tramblues Mortsel
05-10-2014 De Fles Spijkenisse (NL)

Contact

info@howlinbill.be
bookings@howlinbill.be

   
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Audio

A date with the Devil -- listen

So Close -- listen

Fifteen years -- listen