Tiger City Jukes was started in the big Norwegian blues boom in the mid-90s in the environment around the Oslo Blues Club. Singer and guitarist Knut Eide from Namsos met blues guitarist Harald Stokke in “Tiger City”, and after rehearsing for various bands ended up as a quartet with André Vrolijk on bass and Håkon Hansen on drums. The band has long been one of the leading blues bands in the country, and they toured frequently throughout the 90s and 2000s. Their first record came in 1997.
The band took a musical turn after André Vrolijk’s departure in 2008, and in 2010 recorded the album Moonlight Crying. Here, the band presented itself in a slightly different style of dark, melancholy rock, in contrast to the swinging blues style the band was known for previously.
180-gram vinyl with fold-out cover
“Live in the Artillery Workshop” is Tiger City Jukes’ seventh record release. Now you can secure it on vinyl, a great production with foldout covers, by showing up at the concert at Gamla on Saturday. If you are lucky, you can also win free tickets to the concert in the quiz which can be found at the bottom of the case here.
Tiger City Jukes go on stage at. 20.30 and the doors open at 19.00. The band performs this evening with 5-man crew: Knut Eide (wok / git / msp), Harald Stokke (git), Helge Hovland (git), Atle Rakvåg (bass) and Espen Moen (drums).
– Helge has been in our soundscape since the Moonlight Crying recording, Knut Eide tells Bluesnews. – It’s extra wonderful when we can have him as a guitarist on stage. He has also been a bassist when Atle has not had the opportunity, but he is a “cosmic” guitarist who adds new dimensions to our soundscape. Besides, he is also a specialist in “brit-sound” rock guitar, so it’s a party to have him with.
“Live in the Artillery Workshop” has been on digital platforms since last year, but is only now available in physical format. Eide says that it is printed in a limited edition of 300 copies, so it must be first come, first served. The band consists of nine musicians, in addition to the five mentioned are Terje Johannesen and Frode Grøtting with the trumpet, saxophone and various percussion, and the singers Linda Kvam and Marianne Eide also participate.
– We also have our 25th anniversary this year, says Knut Eide – so this will be the first mark of dropping a album that in many ways sums up the path we have gone, with everything from a tribute to a blessed BBKing and up to the more swampy rock expression we had on our latest record.
First blues band on “advance booking.com”
Tiger City Jukes was the first blues band to use the pre-order.no service from NPS Music, where you can pre-finance record releases. In the campaign that has been going on for a few months, buyers could choose between buying LP, or LP including a guest list space for the concert at Gamla.
Knut Eide in Tiger City talks about the experience with the concept:
– The market is changing so fast, and it’s important to keep up. We thought it was interesting to try this out. The campaign was easy to set up, and the collaboration with advance-order.no went smoothly. Everything worked well. As an artist today, you have to do everything possible yourself. There are hardly any record shops anymore.
And with public financing platforms such as Kickstarter, the campaign is stopped if you fail to achieve the goal you have set for the campaign.
Quiz – win tickets!
Answer these two questions and you are involved in the draw of two concert tickets:
1) In which Norwegian city is the Artillery Workshop in which the live concert is recorded?
2) In which city did the Tiger City Jukes start?
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