RGBFESTIVAL ism vPolanen presenteren: CHRIS BERGSON BAND 'Bitter Mignight Tour'

vrijdag 17 maart 2017

Deze skinny white boy uit New York lijkt direct vanuit de studio's van de jaren zestig de 21ste eeuw te zijn binnengewandeld om even te laten zien waar echte Blues ook alweer om draait. In 2005 debuteert Chris Bergson met het fenomenale 'Another Day'; een dampende vergaarbak van alle grote Amerikaanse muziekstromingen die Levon Helm en Freddie King goedkeurende knikjes zou hebben ontlokt als ze het konden horen. Bergson laveert met gemak tussen slicke grotestads- ballades en stampende Blues/soul die rechtstreeks uit de onderbuik afkomstig is. Zijn nieuwste plaat 'Bitter Midnight' wordt met gepaste trots in Qbus gepresenteerd.

Selected Press

"If it's possible, guitar ace Chris Bergson just keeps getting better. He had some opportunities to play with and observe Hubert Sumlin before he passed two years ago, and his emulation of the legend’s minimalist style has never been more apparent than on his latest record...The CD also showcases Bergson’s vocal power, songwriting skills, and his ability to assemble a world-class band...If you don't know Bergson's music, you should." The Blues Music Magazine

"Gut-busting, horn-bedecked NY blues... A powerful spirit with flavours of Ray Charles and Tom Waits... These guys could strip down the engine of a soulbluesmobile and put it back together blindfold."

"Chris Bergson plays the kind of guitar you can build a house on - it's B.B. meets Steve Cropper meets John Scofield."
ROLL Magazine

"Upon first hearing guitar man Chris Bergson and his gravely southern drawl, which is a combination of Levon Helm and Gregg Allman, you can hardly believe this guy is from New York City. Imitate the Sun displays an artist dedicated to bringing blues and classic R&B into the future while honoring the past."
No Depression.com

"Chris Bergson is a modern-day blues baron."

"This fine writer, singer and guitarist is pretty hard to 'pigeon hole', with his superb music covering blues, jazz, soul and classic rock flavours - the latter maybe from playing with a legend like the late Levon Helm of The Band. Exemplary guitar and vocals... highly recommended..."
Blues in the Northwest (UK)

"...drawing intuitively and seamlessly from blues, country, folk, funk, soul and jazz, Bergson has the kind of voice that can be sepia-tinted, whiskey soaked or nicotine stained to fit the requisite style and mood, standing alongside Gregg Allman, Dr. John, Van Morrison and Danko/Helm."
Leicester Bangs (UK)

"...satisfying blue-eyed soul, sad bastard storytelling, and tasty ensemble textures - where Bergson's voice, then guitar, prove to be both wise leaders, and worthy centers of attention…Bergson's lower-pitched tenor tends to emphasize taste and ornament over range, and his semi-hollow Gibson tones put him between the late Little Milton and Warren Haynes's current sound du jour..."

"Seriously street-smart songwriting and Allman-esque vocal prowess..."

"Smoky flavors wafting from New York City up to the Catskill Mountains infiltrate the unfussy music of the Chris Bergson Band. Bergson's a spry, supple guitarist with an earthy singing voice and a blues-grounded heart...Keep a sharp eye on this guy."
Hittin’ the Note

"Outstanding. Deeply soulful vocals and dynamic fretwork."
Blues In Britain
"Bergson's stirring voice and glorious guitar command immediate attention."
Blues Revue

"If you like the music of Coltrane, Muddy Waters and The Band, you will definitely like the Chris Bergson Band."
Rootstime (Belgium)