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(CBH) 11 tracks. Kai Strauss has been a well-known name among European Blues lovers since the... more

Kai Strauss: In My Prime (CD)

(CBH) 11 tracks.
Kai Strauss has been a well-known name among European Blues lovers since the early nineties. Now, at the age of 50, the guitar player and singer releases his sixth album on the Dutch CRS label – aptly titled 'In My Prime'. Strauss is an experienced musician with a signature, grown up from the respect for his idols. He knows them, the pioneers: Guitar Slim, Luther Tucker, all three Kings, Otis Rush and Magic Sam. You can’t pin him on anyone, and yet they all live through his playing. Today Kai himself is a well-respected figure among guitar fans worldwide.

On 'In My Prime', a first-class band lights a fire of 70ies funky blues influences underneath Kai, and his featuring a horn section built around US saxophone virtuoso Sax Gordon is another example of his international importance. New original songs like 'Going To London' or 'In My Prime' speak to his ability to walk traditional paths in a creative manner.

Strauss understands that the music should always tell a story. Heartfelt vocals and plenty of tasteful guitar playing with punches of feelings and emotions shine through these 11 tracks about personal experiences ('Guest In The House Of The Blues'), current topics ('World Crisis Blues') and also the dark side of life ('Put That Bottle Down').

Maybe he is, as he says, in his prime with this album. But 'In My Prime' is definitely not simply a repetition of his previous work, but evidence of his musical and personal growth that will keep him as a meaningful and exciting blues artist in the future.

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Strauss, Kai - In My Prime (CD) CD 1
01 Going To London Kai Strauss
02 In My Prime Kai Strauss
03 Guest In The House Of The Blues Kai Strauss
04 Keep Your Happy Home Kai Strauss
05 You're Killing My Love Kai Strauss
06 Down On Bended Knee Kai Strauss
07 World Crisis Blues Kai Strauss
08 Betting My Life On The Blues Kai Strauss
09 Put That Bottle Down Kai Strauss
10 A Day Late And A Dollar Short Kai Strauss
11 Wait A Minute Baby Kai Strauss
Kai Strauss belongs to a small circle of European blues musicians, to whom American colleagues... more
"Kai Strauss"

Kai Strauss belongs to a small circle of European blues musicians, to whom American colleagues and critics also attest an authentic style. Musically grown up in Germany's blues stronghold Osnabrück, Strauss toured for over 15 years alongside the Texan Memo Gonzalez and played a firm place in the hearts of the blues community with his intensity. "Even as a teenager I was infected by the music of Buddy Guy, B.B. King or Jimmie Vaughan," says the guitarist and singer, who, according to the trade magazine Bluesnews, is now regarded as one of the big names in the European scene.

Three German Blues Awards, 2016, 2015 and 2014, TV appearances, magazine covers and concerts in over 20 countries are remarkable milestones in Strauss' career. Good blues is nourished by personal experience and passion. Decisive qualities of Kai Strauss, who elicits from his instrument the stories that life writes - whether live or recorded with international guests on the new CD "Getting Personal", which was awarded the "Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik".

With his third longplayer Strauss consistently continues on the path he took on the previous album "I Go By Feel" and strengthens his profile as a modern and at the same time puristic bluesman. There's plenty of guitar - from dirty, funky "The Blues Is Handmade" to the expressive slow blues "Blues For Anne", but above all it's the eleven original compositions by Strauss and his top-class comrades-in-arms that prove an artistic development and give the album title "Getting Personal" its justification.

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Tracklist
Strauss, Kai - In My Prime (CD) CD 1
01 Going To London
02 In My Prime
03 Guest In The House Of The Blues
04 Keep Your Happy Home
05 You're Killing My Love
06 Down On Bended Knee
07 World Crisis Blues
08 Betting My Life On The Blues
09 Put That Bottle Down
10 A Day Late And A Dollar Short
11 Wait A Minute Baby