Circle the 8th of March in your diaries Bonn Blues lovers – The RUF Records Blues Caravan is coming back to The Harmonie.

Would you believe, it’s been seventeen years since Thomas Ruf first had the brainwave of a showcase
tour. Three rising stars from the roster of Europe’s most respected boutique record label.
Three live sets that run the gamut of emotion and genre. And a finale each night, featuring the mother of all live jams, with all three performers cutting loose together.

If there’s been a change in the format, it’s that the performers usually included an older head or guaranteed crowd-puller. Candye Kane, Sue Foley, Deborah Coleman…
I guess the Caravan is established enough in it’s own right, with a guaranteed audience. How many readers have been to at least two ‘Caravans’ in the past. Quite a few of you out there I suspect. One of my own first visits to The Harmonie was to see Candye Kane, Sue Foley and a rising Serbian star by the name of Ana Popovic.

Blues Caravan 2022 sees three acts relatively new to the scene. Here is a quick introduction:
Nobody sounds like Katie Henry. The singer–songwriter darts between
microphone, piano and Gibson SG, touching on genres that include rock,
roots, R&B, soul, funk and pop. You might catch flashes of a young Bonnie
Raitt in Katie’s Blues Caravan performance, but with her raw charisma, heart–
on–sleeve songcraft and jam chops hard–won on the NYC circuit, this is one
artist earning a reputation on her own terms.“ Music has always been about
freedom and expression for me, and when audiences leave my show feeling
expressed and more connected to themselves and each other, I know I’ve
done my job.”

Will Jacobs is a modern blues/R&B/soul artist from Chicago, Illinois, USA. At 28 years old, he is best known for his powerful live performances.

Whether he’s playing clubs/festivals, performing with other world-class musicians, doing sessions or composing, Will always looks forward to sharing his passion for music with his audience.

In 2022, the Blues Caravan audience can look forward to another Blues music talent who’s guitar will rock the stages.

Through her many years of living and touring in the United States, Brussels
native Ghalia Volt has been able to soak up the grooves and vibes of the
blues like few Europeans before her. The singer and guitarist made her first big
splash fronting the New Orleans–based outfit Mama’s Boys; she solidified her
reputation as an exceptional talent with her 2019 Billboard Charting release
Mississippi Blend working with legends like grammy–nominated Cedric
Burnside. Early 2021, she released her One Woman Band album, recorded at
the prestigious Royal Studios in Memphis, another Billboard Charting record
showing her multi–instrumentalist skills playing drums, slide guitars and singing
On the Blues Caravan 2022, she’ll be feeding us a gumbo made out of hits
part of her 3 Ruf Records releases.

So where is that experienced guiding hand? Word has it that, alongside Tom Germman on bass, former Ana Popovic drummer Denis Palatin will be keeping the beat at the back. Sounds like there was never a better time to return to the concert hall for a show again!

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