Micke & Lefty feat. Chef is feeling fantastic.
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Hienoja uutisia!!!Micke Bjorklof on kutsuttu Saksalaisen Ruf Records yhtiön organisoimalle Blues Caravan 2021 kiertueelle. Mukana myös Ruf artistit, Italialainen Eliana Gargnelutti ja New Orleansissa majaa pitävä Ghalia Volt. Kiertue päivät julkaistaan myöhemmin. No mikä nottei....seurataan tilannetta ja toivotaan et toteutuu😎Exciting and great news, Micle Bjorklof has been invited to join Ruf Records Blues Caravan 2021. Tour schedule will be announced later...let’s hope the situation clears up to make this all possible!wordpress.bluescaravan.de/blues-caravan-2/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Great, Micke Björklöf, congrats
Onko keikkaa Suomessa...🙂
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Mahtavaa !! 👍
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Micke & Lefty feat. Chef
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On air in France, Kind Of Blues show, hosted by Jipes Blues. Merci beuacoup👍🙏MLC surfaa Radioaalloilla Ranskassa!!!www.mixcloud.com/radio-mne/kob-n97/CRS/Continental Record ServicesHokahey Music Productions ... See MoreSee Less
Kokoontukaatte radiovastaanottimenne ääreen korva tarkkana, Bluesministeriö tarjoilee Radio Suomen taajuuksilla lääkettä kaamosmasennukseen. Annoksen voi nauttia myös interwebitse!!!!Bluesministeri sukkuloi jälleen sekä koti- että ulkomailla. Uutta ja vanhaa klassikkomateriaalia tutkaillaan ja esitysten sisältämä fiilis- ynnä energialatinki on korkea & antaa hyvän vasteen orastavalle kaamosmasennukselle.Mukana myös Micke & Lefty feat.Chef, suuret kiitokset Bluesministerille👍🙏😎 ... See MoreSee Less
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Ollaan kokoonnuttu ja meitä on alle 20 henkee paitti yksi koira ja kaksi kissaa,eiku kolme,läski Lupu tuli kans.hyvät kappalevalinnat.
2 weeks ago
Saksalainen Grand gtr’s & basses lehden arvostelija sanoo löytäneensä uuden rootsmusa suosikin ja he tulevat Suomesta😎”Epätavallinen, hauska ja vangitseva...Loistava soundinen albumi josta välittyy rento tunnelma ja jolta kuuluu hillitön soittamisen riemu. Tällä musiikki matkalla halki bluesin, folkin, rockabillyn, countryn maisemien ei ole yhtään B-luokan biisiä. Toivottavasti näemme heidät Saksassa pian.”👍🙏Germany based Grand gtr’s & basses magazine review (Google translation):In guitar rock, the Swedes were actually great at copying US trends, despite their comparatively tiny population worldwide. They were once compared to the Far East, where western industrial products were copied and, as cheap copies, flooded our markets. Any serious guitarist, whether amateur or professional, can end up having a long discussion about this Incite china guitars. Japanese manufacturers like Ibanez, on the other hand, went their own way, while rend US companies hit back with the Squier models. To get the hang of it: Swedish bands were superior to America for many years, especially in heavy metal. Even so, they were often denounced as copyists. The Scandinavian neighbor Finland, on the other hand, always made completely independent music, which was usually a bit exhausted. And there we are with this remarkable record that all US roots rock fans will love! At first I thought here that the Swedish rascal duo Friska Viljor had emigrated to the southern United States and made his best record ... Far from it. “Micke & Lefty are from Finland and would still pass as my new favorite US roots combo. With subtle sarcasm in the lyrics it revolves around the blues rock favorite topic women. Have, lose, miss and so on. Relaxed, but nevertheless with unbridled joy in playing, the journey between folk, country, rockabilly and blues, brilliantly audiorecorded with many acoustic string instruments, a deep humming bass and easy drumming. Without any B-song, a record that is worth every penny. Unusual, funny, captivating. The guys have several kilometers on Scandinavian pub stages and should definitely come to Germany as soon as this crappy distance control crisis has finally subsided!” Vielen Dank für diese großartige Rezension👍🙏😎CRS/Continental Record ServicesHokahey Music ProductionsBluestherLinus MaurerKBN VeranstaltungsagenturUta Bretsch_Communications ... 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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