AJK – What’s Good For You

AJK1For those who don’t recognize the bands name , you might well recognize the face behind it. Alex Krienke (AJK) was the longtime male vocalist behind Bonn’s long running coverband Sunny Skies.

A couple of months ago at the Harmonie I got a pat on the back and a how are you from a guy I couldn’t quite place (blame the long hair he didn’t have before) and it was Alex, talking enthusiastically about making music of his own and a band he was getting together.

The fruits of that band’s labors went into my cd player recently, and an interesting little disc it turned out to be too. So much so that it has made several returns to my cd player since in fact. I didn’t know quite what to expect, certainly there were some pleasant surprises in store. Alex was a keen fan of the immortal Freddie Mercury but he never sat at the piano for a Sunny Skies song as far as I could remember. He was/is a keen fan of heavier rock than I am, being a member of the local Iron Maiden coverband Killerz. I sort of oriented my expectancy of the bands debut ‘AJK’ on the back of Killerz – was I wrong or was I WRONG?!

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Portsmouth Rock with Laurence Jones

HUR_1877A pleasure of the Ruf records Blues Caravan tours is to catch young blues boys and girls and watch them develop. It wasn’t so long ago that I caught Laurence Jones in Bonn laying down some fiery licks with a confidence three times his tender age. Catching the ‘Brit Blues Boy Wonder’ on home UK turf and with the super backing of Jamie Little on drums and Roger Inniss on six string bass was too good a chance to meet.

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Milene – Music for the Soul

Milene4Milene at Kunst!Garten. A young girl of 17, and the lyrical eye of someone going on 70. With just guitarist Oli Stark for company, this was an evening to sit back with a cool drink and enjoy the late Summer sunshine by the lake.

In 2010, at just 13 years old, Milene Weigert was already winning competitions including Udo Lindenberg’s Panikpreis with her interpretation of a Hermann Hesse poem ‘Bustaben’.   No surprise then that four years later her face may be that of a 17 year old but her own songs have a worldweariness and pathos about them that belies her tender years.

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Hanging with Laurence & Roger

Untitled-1 Very honored to see a 3SongsBonn.com image has proved popular with it’s musical subjects. I caught Laurence Jones (winner of The ‘British Blues Awards’ Best Newcomer trophy this year) and bassman extraordinaire Roger Innis looking ‘mean and nasty’ at February’s Blues Caravan show in Bonn. Here they are with my pic and looking a whole lot less ‘Mean & Nasty’ – Glad you like the shot guys!