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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 49 | volume IX | July-August, 2006



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 49July-August, 2006
Sound Reviews

Skopje Blues & Soul Festival 2006

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Vasja Ivanovski

    Blues fans from Macedonia had a nice chance to enjoy 10th Anniversary of celebrated festival that took place in Skopje on July 3rd and 6th. Participants from USA, Great Britain, France and Serbia gave inspired performances and proved their status on contemporary blues scene. The organizers used the premises of an ancient inn, Kuršumli An for the festival, stage, lightning and sound were first class which was recognized by all artists and public as well.

    Weather was not in the favor of the blues on the opening night, rain stopped only half of hour before the start, so the expected attendance was not fulfilled, but those who came (real blues fans) were in for a treat of great blues!

    “Point Blank” from Serbia, one of the longest playing bands in former Yugoslavia and one of the best, I would say, opened the festivities with their usual set combined with the songs from their latest CD. They are one of the chosen few who set blues roots in this part of Europe. The band plays mostly their original?!) material and years of playing presented the band in full flight. Strong rhythm section was just the right vehicle for their leader, guitarist Dragoljub Crnčević who played with authority, leading the band through energetic set that was greeted by the audience. “Point Blank” promoted their DVD which deserves a mention on its behalf, beside excellent performance by the band, it was recorded live in Serbia’s toughest State Pennitentiary of Sremska Mitrovica in front of the convicts!! As far as I know, nobody in Europe did anything like that; we know what has been done in USA (B.B.King, Johnny Cash, John Lee Hooker, Little Milton…), but nothing like it in the good old Europe until “Point Blank”! This band can really play their blues with rock overtones; they are regulars at many festivals and countless clubs and were good opening act for the main event, Jimmy D.Lane & The Blue Earth”.

    The biggest blues name of this Anniversary festival was undoubtedly Jimmy D.Lane with his backing band “The Blue Earth”. One of the biggest crowd drawers on contemporary blues scene, Jimmy D.Lane is a hard act to follow. His father Jimmy Rogers played guitar for Muddy Waters, all Chicago greats were regular guests at his house, no wonder Jimmy got the blues! He played and recorded with most of today’s hot shots including Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal,

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