Finnish group Wentus Blues Band's seventh studio CD "Woodstock" was recorded at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY in the autumn of 2010.
"Woodstock" includes 12 new, original songs. Band members Juho Kinaret, Niko Riippa, Robban Hagnäs and Pekka Gröhn wrote the majority of the material. Producer Clas Yngström penned one song. Lyrics to three songs are written by former Cream lyricist Pete Brown.
Clas Yngström has collaborated with Wentus Blues Band earlier, as he produced their album "No Beginner" (2001). Yngström is a musician himself; he has fronted his own band Sky High for more than 30 years.
Wentus Blues Band was formed in Finland's midwestern city of Kokkola in 1986. Its name derives from the Kokkola village of Ventus, where their rehearsal room is still located. In addition to their own career, Wentus has backed up several world-class blues and rock acts. Tours have taken the band to numerous countries in Europe.
Wentus Blues Band celebrated their 20th Anniversary with a three-night concert in Helsinki in September 2006. Along with Wentus, long-time collaborators like Louisiana Red, Lazy Lester, Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds), Mick Taylor (The Rolling Stones), and Sven Zetterberg took the stage.
Director Heikki Kossi and his film crew were there to shoot a documentary of the event. The resulting film, "Family Meeting", was nominated for two national film awards in Finland. "Family Meeting" has screened in several European countries as well as at festivals in the USA and Canada.
Wentus Blues Band are Mikael Axelqvist (drums), Pekka Gröhn (keyboards, backing vocals), Robban Hagnäs (bass, backing vocals), Juho Kinaret (vocals, percussion), Niko Riippa (guitar), and Kim Vikman (guitar). Axelqvist, Hagnäs, Riippa, and Vikman are founding members.