Luther Allison - A Legend Never Dies




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Here you go. The box set celebrating the 20th anniversary of the passing of blues legend Luther Allison is on its way around the world to his fans and friends. You should not wait to get your copy of this collection containing the essential albums Luther recorded after his Motown years. In addition to the albums, our friend Art Tipaldi has written a 88-page coffee table book featuring Luther’s inspiring story, comments from his friends and associates, as well as many rare and private photos. Plenty of video footage is included on four DVDs. You’ll get to see performances from 1997 (Live in Paradise and Zoo Bar), 1991 (a concert in Germany where Luther plays alongside his son Bernard), and 1987 (a show from East Berlin). It’s all there; this compilation is a feast for the eyes, ears, and heart of any blues fan. If you don´t have time to experience the entire box set, I highly recommend watching Luther‘s performance during the 1996 W.C. Handy Awards. In it, the energy and love of a typical three-hour Luther Allison show compresses into a 15-minute relentless blues showcase that will leave you feeling astonished and gratified. This particular performance was the climax of his incredible career. Luther stole the show by performing and then by taking home five awards (including Blues Entertainer of the Year). Luther Allison is a genuine blues hero with an incomparable expanse of energy and love for his music and for the people who loved it. I hope you enjoy every bit of this celebratory Luther Allison collection.   (Thomas Ruf)

Blues Caravan 2018

Blues Caravan 2018




This is no ordinary club tour. This is the Blues Caravan 2018. If you’ve followed Ruf’s rolling revue since it started life in 2005, you’ll already know that these shows are must-see events, throwing together three stellar artists on one bill – then letting the chemistry do the rest.

Traditionally, the Blues Caravan lineup has showcased the label’s breaking talent – from Aynsley Lister to Samantha Fish – and given fans a chance to catch the blues titans of tomorrow before they go ‘boom’. But in 2018, it’s time to mix things up. On this year’s Blues Caravan, you’ll not only find one young gun with a dazzling career ahead of her, but also two heavyweights with a sky-high reputation. Let’s welcome them to the stage…  



Thursday January 18 DE Höxter Toneburg
Friday January 19 DE Soest Alter Schlachthof
Saturday January 20 DE Offenburg Reithalle
Sunday January 21 DE Dortmund Musiktheater Piano
Tuesday January 23 DE Karlsruhe Jubez
Wednesday January 24 DE Bensheim Musiktheater Rex
Thursday January 25 DE Bonn Harmonie
Friday January 26 DE Worpswede Music Hall
Saturday January 27 DE Koblenz Cafe Hahn
Sunday January 28 DE Oberhausen Zentrum Altenberg
Tuesday January 30 DE Stuttgart Merlin
Wednesday January 31 DE Hamburg Downtown
Thursday February 1 DE Lindewerra Gemeindesaal
Friday February 2 DE Berlin Quasimodo
Saturday February 3 DE Hannover Blues Garage
Sunday February 4 DE Lichtentanne/Zwickau St. Barbara
Tuesday February 6 DE Nürnberg Hirsch
Wednesday February 7 DE Aschaffenburg Colos-Saal
Thursday February 8 DE Kaiserslautern Kammgarn
Friday February 9 LUX Luxembourg Sang & Klang
Saturday February 10 DE Rheine Hypothalamus
Sunday February 11 DE Kassel Theaterstübchen


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Give Layla Zoe a stage and she’ll show you magic. In a world of choreography and Autotune, this is one performer who does it the old-fashioned way, digging deep, summoning a smoke-and-whisky vocal, leaving it all on the stage and sending breathless fans out into the night to spread the word. “For me,” says Layla, “there is nothing as satisfying as being on stage with my band, giving my heart to the fans, through music. I like to write songs, I enjoy being in the studio, but the live shows are the reason I love my job so much. I am so excited to finally be able to offer a live DVD to my fans because they have been asking for one for so long.”

And in 2017, with the Songs From The Road CD/DVD set, the wait is finally over. From her opening battlecry on Backstage Queen – “Oh little girl, where are you going to?” – the Canadian has the listener in the palm of her hand, whether you were lucky enough to be on the front row at the Hirsch club in Nuernberg, Germany, on March 21st, 2017, or are catching up now from the comfort of your home. “The audience was filled with familiar faces when we recorded that night,” remembers Layla, “and the energy was perfect.”

More than just a live album, Songs From The Road is a visceral snapshot, catching a world-class talent at the height of her powers, as she runs the emotional gamut in song and takes you along for the ride. “My show is raw, honest, emotional and intense,” says Layla. “People often say they’re moved to tears at my shows, and I feel it’s important that I give everything I have to my audience. I rip people’s hearts out – and then I put them back in…”



Honey Island Swamp Band - Demolition Day Tour 2017



Take a late-night stroll through downtown New Orleans and you’ll hear a thousand flavours of music spill from the clubs. Spin the new album by the Crescent City’s new favourite sons, meanwhile, and you’ll hear a band who embody that eclectic spirit. “A record is a snapshot in time, a picture of where a song is at a particular moment. But we’ve never been the type of band to stick to one way of playing a song, so we’ll continue to let the music evolve. That’s what keeps it fresh and exciting for us – and we want to share that with our audiences.”

Friday June 30 DE Lindewerra Gemeindesaal
Saturday July 1 CH Rapperswil Blues 'n' Jazz
Sunday July 2 SWE Stockholm Akkurat
Tuesday July 4 SWE Malmö Folk å Rock
Wednesday July 5 DE Hamburg Downtown Blues Club
Thursday July 6 DE Braunschweig Barnaby's
Friday July 7 DE Bordersholm Savoy
Saturday July 8 DE Reitwein Live in Reitwein
Sunday July 9 DE Dortmund Piano
Monday July 10 DE Ingolstadt KKB Neue Welt
Wednesday July 12 DE Halle Objekt 5
Friday July 14 PL Olsztyn Olsztynskie Noce Bluesowe

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