Micke & Lefty feat. Chef
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Wunderbar, wunderbar!!! Blues News Germany hits 5,5/6 on the desk👍🙏, saying:”No fillers on this album... this Finnish blues export is hotter than a Finnish Sauna.”🔥💪🤘🙏😎(Read the full review in comments)CRS/Continental Record ServicesHokahey Music ProductionsUta Bretsch_CommunicationsKBN VeranstaltungsagenturBUY this smokin’ hot album🔥:www.amazon.de/s?k=micke+%26+lefty+feat.+chef+let+the+fire+lead&crid=ZGTSTZJ2IBXS&sprefix=Micke+%2...Check out also on comments the 5 stars customer review on Amazon.de! ... See MoreSee Less
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Blues News, Germany 5,5/6
Full force, even without electricity, but straight out of Finland: Micke Bjorklof and Lefty Leppänen together with "Chef" on bass. This acoustic trio, which is kinda spinoff project from Micke's "Blue Strip” has been activated for a new studio album after ten years recording break.
With "Let The Fire Lead" they prove that you don't need a big fat amplifier tower with a distortion and so on to open a really big barrel in the blues. Quiet, three-part vocal harmonies ("Big Bill Blues"), boiling acoustic guitars ("Tell That Woman "), a yearning harp (Got To Tell You") and seductive melodies like the title song are great fun on every corner. "The One", an atmospheric piece with a Tex - Mex sound, also draws attention to the sides of this record, which are also excellent in terms of sound: transparency, dynamics and pressure are masterfully implemented and you can of course feel that musicians are at work here, some of whom have been playing and singing for three decades. None of the twelve songs between Americana and Zydeco can be labeled as filler material. On the contrary, the mixture of traditional elements and Nordic carefreeness with which the trio works, ignites at all times. It might sound a bit cliche but it can´t get any hotter, this Finnish blues export is hotter than a Finnish Sauna.
5 stars customer review on Amazon.de!
5 hours ago
Very cool quote collection of reviews in Dutch media!!! 👍🙏Mooie recensie voor Micke Björklöf (Micke & Lefty feat. Chef) door Jazzism. Super!Het is ook een heerlijke cd! Gewoon even bestellen als je interesse is gewekt: holvi.com/shop/hokaheyrecords/product/46d57c33ea05ddc6a6a951cd1b10d9a0/ Quotes: “Muzikaal vuurwerk van de bovenste plank. Dit is aanstekelijke en dansbare rootsmuziek, recht vanuit het hart gebracht.” (Lust For Life, juli-aug 2020)“Een fantastische plaat.” (Arrow Classic Rock’s Bluesbox, juni 2020)“Dit is muziek waarvan je mond opkrult en waar je de rest van de dag vrolijk van wordt.” (Track, juli/aug 2020)“Dit Finse trio vormt ongetwijfeld een aanwinst voor de toch al druk bevolkte Scandinavische blues- en rootsscène.” (Written In Music, juni 2020)“Een uitstekende plaat.” (Barnowl Blues / Maxazine, juni 2020)“Een prima album om ’s avonds even op te zetten, buiten bij de open haard.” (M Podia, juli 2020)“De Scandinavische blues scene heeft er alvast een knaller bij.” (Keys & Chords, juni 2020)“Een veelzijdige verzameling van blues- en rootsnummers van een harmonieus trio dat duidelijk niet in een hokje geduwd wil worden.” (Rootstime, juni 2020)“Uitstekend album.” (Concertmonkey, juni 2020)“Van klassiek akoestische gitaar met een echt gevoel van stijl over een upright bas, een steelgitaar en zelfs een subtiele drumbeat en uptempo bluesjes beleven we de blues zoals de blues is ontstaan.” (Rootsville, juni 2020) Met dank aan Broere Promotion. Thanks Hans, you did a fantastic job for the band! As always... ... See MoreSee Less
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Awesome review from Croatia by Mladen Loncar on Soundguardian. Thank you very much👍🙏😎CRS/Continental Record ServicesHokahey Music Productions(Google translation)Micke & Lefty Ft Chef are announcing their new studio work in Europe today, June 26, through the Dutch label CRS (Continental Record Services). It is an album of electro-acoustic blues "Let The Fire Lead". And who is behind the name of the performer? Where do these great blues musicians come from?Ma, Mississippi is in their veins. Only this bluish musical genre flows through their musical being, which has found its place of origin and birth in this very area.But let’s get back to the beginning of this story. Micke & Lefty Ft Chef come from Finland, which is quite far from the Mississippi River and its delta. But this and such a distance does not prevent them at all from being very close, very much in everything that makes and adorns this inspired traditional Delta Blues. Of course, it all revolves around that question: do you have “that something” in you? Do you have that in your music? In presentation form? Can you give your whole self in such "stingy" musical norms? And besides, to raise it all to a higher level?Behind the name Micke & Lefty Ft Chef are Micke Bjorklof (vocals, percussion), Lefty Leppänen (vocals and guitars) and Chef (bass guitar). This trio recorded with their incredible dedication and offered us this new studio work of theirs."Let The Fire Lead" will simply lift everyone who loves this musical story to its feet with its content! Why? From the pure expressiveness of what you hear. And what will he do with it? Only with his inspired performance, and everything else is contained in the songs, which all their 43 minutes just actually “beat” and you fail to defend yourself. This, of course, can be done in this musical style, only a top team, musicians, who have everything in their hands and in their musical being. It's been ten years since their last "trio album", so now it's a kind of "Now or Never" situation and in the end it turned out to be "NOW" and this is actually their third studio work to mark their 20th anniversary and action.Micke Bjorklof and his bands are well-known musical names in their native Finland but also throughout Scandinavia, where they have been blues ambassadors for almost 30 years. There’s a lot of “game in the legs” and it all leads to this kind of music content, where in fact everything takes place spontaneously and without any big “hassle”, and in the end everything turns out more than great! The album contains 12 songs: 9 originals and 3 interpretations of classic blues songs and everything sounds so actually original and 100% original that you just don’t believe it’s so “cool”. Indeed, Micke Bjorkloff is like a true and true blues veteran master, who has conquered many European venues and festivals with some of his blues versions.On this, his new studio album with two friends, he presents a really impressive mix of so-called "roots" songs with inspired high-frequency feelings and with maximally amplified and present energy.The album “Let The Fire Lead” made a real mess and nothing, the story only goes uphill, towards its true musical moments. Personally, I wanted to give this story full meaning and that is why I thank CRS for allowing me to prepare this exclusive promotion for you.Here, now after 20 years, it feels as if the conditions have fully matured for their blues "furka" to be perceived all over the world and to go, even stronger and fiercer, on expeditions on all "fronts". I know that you all know that things are not always easy ... Micke as a Finn first had to prove himself in his homeland, and only then does things go further, go to a higher level! Personally, I was most touched by that acoustic-electric approach on this album, which only confirms that they get along very well, when it comes to both musical presentations. Namely, many compare this band with what we could classify as a group of rock n 'blues, but also slider blues, solid texas blues, and distinctive delta blues. There is no doubt, this trio is completely clear and specific when it comes to acoustic as well as electric blues.In the end, it is no wonder that with its content, this album attracted so many audiences and made a really big mess on the European blues scene. There is no doubt ... there is really something to hear!RECOMMENDATION:If you want to spend your free time really usefully, take the album “Let The Fire Lead” by the excellent Micke & Lefty Ft Chef I just believe it will turn into hours of enjoyment with the music of these Finnish blues musicians. Oh well, they deserved it! ... See MoreSee Less
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These two gentlemen started their musical collaboration in 1997 when the lead singer, harmonica player and bandleader Micke Björklöf (born –65) was looking for a new guitarist to his band, Micke Björklöf & BlueStrip (formed 1991) and asked Lefty Leppänen (born –66) to join the band. This world-class slide guitar virtuoso is also known from his previous work with Keystone Cops and his solo project Southpaw Steel N´ Twang. After playing few years together, they started talkin´ about doing some acoustic duo shows while the band was having a break from touring. They both shared a passion and love for older acoustic delta and country blues music; this would be great opportunity to play the music they both had strongly been influenced by. Their first show as duo, Micke and Lefty took place when they were asked by the festival organizer to fill up with an acoustic show due some cancellations. But a real kick-start came little later when they got a chance to open the show for Robert Plant and B.B King on the main stage at Puistoblues, the biggest blues festival in Finland, with audience over 10 000.
Musically it started as a spinoff from the MB& Blue Strip band, playing acoustic versions of the same material. Over the years it became and grew to a totally own band with original material and own repertoire. In the fall 2003 Micke & Lefty started to work on their forth coming debut album. “We thought it would be nice to get some upright bass on some tracks so we asked Mr. Chef Kivimäki to join us in the recording sessions”, says Björklöf. Those sessions were a blast! This talented young man has been cooking´ his bass rhythms and singing with Micke & Lefty since then. Nowadays Micke & Lefty perform mostly as trio with Chef but are still doing some duo performances every now and then. Their critically acclaimed debut album “Big Bag” was released 2004 by Bluelight Records. The album introduced strong original material among couple of unique performances of classic tracks.
2010 Micke & Lefty feat.Chef celebrated their 10th anniversary with releasing a new album “Up the Wall” (Hokahey Records!). This was already the fifth album where Björklöf and Leppänen were collaborating. With the follower to the critically acclaimed “Big Bag” album they took a huge step forward; hundreds of live shows had improved their unique band sound and made this trio very tight and groovy, which you really can hear on the album. The album was mainly recorded live in studio just to get as close as possible of the magic of a live show. Also bass player Chef has got his space as lead vocalist this time. Up the Wall album contains 11original tracks and 2 cover tracks, Tony Joe White’s “Polk Salad Annie” and Willie Dixon’s Big Three Trio’s “Come Here Baby”.
Key tracks on the “Up the Wall” album: “You Better Me”, the first radio single is strongly soul and gospel influenced song with great harmony vocals. This song also has some real crossover potential. “Up the wall” the title tracks for the album, with Micke on lead vocals. This is a really authentic down-home blues song. This will also be the first ever-filmed music video for the band. “Clean up” is a tight Louisiana flavoured rock´n roll song with Chef on lead vocals. “Guitar man” is an up tempo blues song with lyrics from blues guy’s hard but rewarding life; it’s also Lefty’s showcase of his fantastic slide guitar playing. He also sings this track.
2020 (Hokahey Records)
01. Tell That Woman
02. Always Something Good
03. Big Bill Blues
04. Small Town Baby
05. Let The Fire Lead
06. The One
07. Gotta See My Church
08. You Gorgeous You
09. No Stuff Is Good Enuff
10. Rock n Bowl
11. I’m Steady Rollin’ Man
12. I Got to Tell you
2004 (Bluelight Records)
Produced by Micke Björklöf & Ville “Lefty Willie” Leppänen
Micke Björklöf: vocals, drums & percussion, dobro, harmonica
Lefty Leppänen: vocals, guitars, mandolin, tenorbanjo, harmonica
Miikka “Chef” Kivimäki: upright bass, acoustic bass, background vocals
Mika Virkkala: fiddle on “Love´s made a fool of you”
Kimmo Ahola: grand piano sound on “If I had possession…”
2010 (Hokahey! Records)
Produced by Micke, Lefty and Chef
Micke Björklöf: vocals, drums & percussion, dobro, harmonica
Lefty Leppänen: vocals, National steel, pedal steel, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, harmonica
Chef: vocals, upright bass, acoustic bass
Pekka Gröhn: organ
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