Micke & Lefty feat. Chef
2 months ago
Oh Lordy lord, good times at Vienna Blues Spring two years ago. Hope to be back soon!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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Hell yeah, let’s give it a new try👍💪😎WE ARE BACK IN JUNE 2021!!!The Blues Caravan 2021 is going on tour!Do you miss LIVE MUSIC? Well, here we go. Get your ticket in your favourite German city and check out these 3 amazing artists live on stage.Ghalia Volt - Eliana Cargnelutti - Micke Björklöf𝐓𝐎𝐔𝐑 𝐃𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐒June 10 - Offenburg - Reithalle OffenburgJune 11 - Koblenz - Cafe HahnJune 13 - Münster - JovelJune 16 - Nürnberg - Hirsch NürnbergJune 17 - Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal AschaffenburgJune 18 - Worpswede - Music Hall Worpswede e. V.June 20 - Lichtentanne - St Barbara LichtentanneJune 22 - Karlsruhe - jubezJune 23 - Siegburg - Kubana Restaurant SiegburgJune 24 - Dortmund - Musiktheater PianoJune 25 - Hannover - Blues Garage IsernhagenJune 26 - Rheine - Stadtfest Bluesnote RheineMore Information: www.bluescaravan.de ... See MoreSee Less
3 months ago
Hieno artikkeli HS:n sivuilla pitkäaikaisesta yhteistyökumppanista ja ystävästämme taiteilija Jori Tapio Kalliolasta. Persoonallista ilmaisua taiteen monin keinoin!👍💪Great article in Helsingin Sanomat Newspaper about a great artist and our friend Jori Tapio Kalliola👍💪 ... See MoreSee Less
Kuvataide | Muusikko Jori Kalliola muutti pakoon Helsingin hintoja ja taidepiirien kilpailua – Hänestä tuli palkittu ite-taiteilija, joka veistää moottorisahalla hurjia, alastomia hahmoja
Once upon time...there was gigs and fun😀 Here´s a clip from couple years ago when we played with Micke & Lefty feat.Chef at Codstock Festival in Henningsvaer, Norway. This small and cozy happening has a very special place in my heart. Tiny village surrounded by the most beautiful, breathtaking nature of Lofoten. One of my absolute favorite places! That year there was also organised a little blues cruise, what a fun afternoon on this small fishings ship cruising around beautiful Lofoten archipelago(or whats it called?). Good times, hope to be back soon!Olipa kerran...keikkoja. Tässä MLC trion jäppiset cruisailee tyynen viileesti Lofooteilla jokunen vuosi sitten Codstock festarin iltapäiväristeilyllä kalastusaluksen kannella. Erikoismiehet=erikoiskeikat😁 ... See MoreSee Less
Henningsvaer, Lofoten, Norway!
That is absolutely fantastic!!! I love it!!!!
The greatest little Blues band from Finland!👌👌👌
Please check out the upcoming gigs here
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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