Bislin & Forlin

The Genuine Blues Duo

Kurt Bislin  vocals, guitar
Tino Forlin  piano, organ

The Genuine Blues Band

Kurt Bislin  vocals, guitar
Tino Forlin  piano, organ
Markus Halmer  bass
Bernie Ruch  drums

Genuine Blues [genuine = authentic, real] ... Kurt Bislin and Tino Forlin are harking far back to the roots of the Blues, devoid of all echoes of today's modern forms of this genre. In their understanding, Blues has very little to do with three chords, fast solos and dark sunglasses ... all the more with the soul and rhythm of this music. Mojo Buford, Muddy Waters' harmonica player, once said: "Blues might be simple in its musical form, but just that makes it possible to create it spontaneously, all new again and again, while playing together with your fellow band mates." ... and that's just how "Bislin & Forlin" deliver ...

The repertoire of “Bislin & Forlin” includes songs from the rich catalog of the blues of the past hundred years, original compositions, and even a couple of Southern Soul trouvailles. An attention lays on music from Louisiana and New Orleans.

For some time Kurt Bislin had been tossing around the idea of getting closer to his musical roots, solo or in a duo, and exploring the depths of his beloved blues. In Tino Forlin he found a fellow musician and notabene companion from the old days who was ready to be involved in the project. Delivered in guitar and piano duo, the music comes very close to the audience, the setting is intimate, the volume is moderate.

With the passing of Kurt Bislin's friend, real life second cousin and long-time band colleague Cla Nett, the band project "The Second Cousins" also came to an end. With "Bislin & Forlin - The Genuine Blues Band" the old bandmates with Tino Forlin on keyboards carry on the legacy. The music will tend a bit more to traditional Blues. Cla Nett's beloved Chicago blues of the 70s and 80s will step to the background, and the songs from the duo formation will determine the repertoire.


The Rhythm Section

Markus Halmer (Bass) - Bernie Ruch (Drums)

Markus Halmer from the Zurich Weinland on bass and Bernie Ruch, jazz and blues drummer extraordinaire from Schaffhausen, form the Second Cousins’ rhythm section. As a well-seasoned team they deliver the irresistible groove.

Markus Halmer was a member of the Augarten Blues Band for 20 years, Blues Rooster for 2 years, Bluescontainer for 2 years and, off and on he is a guest with Rockvereinigung Winterthur. Currently he plays with On The Roxx, JB’s Blues Rockers Deluxe and again with the resurrected Augarten Blues Band.

In his teens Bernie Ruch soaked up the blues by playing along with the song on the American Folk Blues Festival records, learning from his role models Clifton James, Fred Below and Odie Payne. Later he received drum lessons from legendary New York jazz drummer Max Roach, and ejoyed live appearances with the great US saxophonist Dexter Gordon. Bernie Ruch is a sought-after drummer in the domestic jazz scene, but has always followed his blues roots. He was a founding member of the iconic group Bluesfinger with Yvonne Moore, toured with Les Getrex (Fats Domino) and his Blues Group or accompanied the Blues professor Wale Liniger.

Kurt Bislin's main role in music is as singer and guitar player, although he's also worked full time as a drummer for a good ten years. In addition to his performing musicianship, Bislin writes his own songs. Over the last four decades he gained national recognition with his bands "Bluecaster", "Raindogs" und “The Donkey Biters", respectively later "D.Biters Blues Band". Highlights were appearances at Montreux Jazz Festival, Palèo Festival in Nyon, Out In The Green in Frauenfeld, and at Blues Festival Basel.

He and his band toured all over Europe with American Blues artists such as Larry and Aron Burton, Mojo Buford and Bleu Jackson. In the course of these tours, Kurt Bislin played with Larry Burton at San Remo Blues Festival in Italy (their show was set between Isaac Hayes and Solomon Burke!), at Burghausen Jazz Festival (broadcast in full on German national TV) in Germany, and at Ascona Jazz in Switzerland. With Mojo Buford he was guest at Kemptener Jazz Fruehling and Jazz & Blues Open Wendelstein in Germany. Furthermore Bislin has also accompanied Filmore Slim, Sugar Blue and Sam Carr, to name a few.

Kurt Bislin has a close friendship with Texas singer, pianist and accordionist Doug Legacy, now a resident in Los Angeles, California. In addition to a number of successful concert tours in Europe, their musical friendship has resulted in the brilliant album "Sittin' On Top Of The World" in 2005. This album features some of Doug Legacy's colleagues in Los Angeles contributing excellent solo parts; for example, Waddy Wachtel (guitarist for Linda Ronstadt, Keith Richards and Bob Dylan), Lee Thornburg (from Tower Of Power), Jimmy Z. (harmonica player and saxophonist for Rod Stewart and Eurhythmics), Legacy's old bandmate and gifted slide guitarist Mark Shark (among others, bandleader for John Trudell), as well Switzerland's Cla Nett, the seasoned blues veteran and winner of the first Swiss Blues Award. This deep and diverse team contributed strong and tasty texture to "Sittin' On Top Of The World".

Tino Forlin started his band career in the seventies as a founding member of “Musikus" and later, in the eighties, he joined «Bluecaster» and the "Andy Egert Blues Band". There he had the chance to play some shows with legendary singer and bass-player Bob Stroger, from Chicago, as well as with former "Canned Heat" frontmen Robert Lucas and Dallas Hodges. In the nineties Forlin was a permanent member of the Sepp Doerig Big Band. Over the course of his stage career he's continued teaching piano, organ and keyboard as a freelancer as well as teaching at the Sarganserland Music School.

Today, both Bislin and Forlin also play in their own bands: Kurt Bislin is co-leader of "The Second Cousins", together with his real life second-cousin Cla Nett ("Lazy Poker Blues Band", winner of the first Swiss Blues Award) while Tino Forlin handles the keys in the blues rock band "Bluesick" and for "Jazzpresso".

In the early eighties the paths of Tino Forlin and Kurt Bislin crossed for the first time. For many years they toured rather successfully in mainly Switzerland with «Bluecaster». After the band broke up, the contact remained. They met again musically in 1991 at the recording session for Larry Burton's album "Hustler’s Paradise" at Soto Sound Studios in Chicago.

Concert Schedule

Friday, November 20, 2021, 8pm

Duo Gig

Special guest: Blues harmonica maestro
Egidio "Juke" Ingala

Birthday Party
also open to the public

Lattmann’s Bar & Lounge
am Platz 10, 7310 Bad Ragaz

www.lattmanns.ch

Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 7.30pm

Duo Gig

Blues Club Bodensee - Musig im Hecht
Hotel Hecht
Hauptstrasse 51, 9424 Rheineck

www.blues-club-bodensee.ch

Friday, May 20, 2022, 9pm

Band Gig

HEAVEN Music Club
Hauptstrasse 35, 8362 Balterswil

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Friday, September 10, 2021, 7.30pm

D'Gass
Metzgergasse
9470 Buchs

www.d-gass.ch

Friday, September 3, 2021, 6.30pm

b_smart Hotel & Bar
Selemad 12
9487 Gamprin
Liechtenstein

www.b-smarts.net

Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 7.30pm

D'Gass
Metzgergasse
9470 Buchs

www.d-gass.ch

Friday, July 2, 2021, 8pm

Lattmann’s Bar & Lounge
am Platz 10
7310 Bad Ragaz

www.lattmanns.ch

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Private event

Saturday, September 26, 2020, 8.30pm

Lattmann’s Bar & Lounge
am Platz 10
7310 Bad Ragaz

www.lattmanns.ch

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Private event

Friday, September 18, 2020, 8pm

b_smart Hotel & Bar
Selemad 12
9487 Gamprin
Liechtenstein

www.b-smarts.net

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Private event

Saturday, August 1, 2020, 4pm

Restraurant Traube Mult
Mult 130
9200 Gossau

www.mult.ch

Friday, July 10, 2020, 7.30pm

D'Gass
Metzgergasse
9470 Buchs

www.d-gass.ch

Friday, June 19, 2020, 7.30pm

D'Gass
Metzgergasse
9470 Buchs

www.d-gass.ch

Friday,April 24, 2020, 8pm

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CANCELED
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b_smart Hotel & Bar
Selemad 12
9487 Gamprin
Liechtenstein

www.b-smarts.net

Saturday, January 18, 2020, 10pm

Soul Kitchen Musicbar
Hauptgasse 2
9620 Lichtensteig

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Friday, December 13, 2019, 8pm

Lattmann’s Bar & Lounge
am Platz 10
7310 Bad Ragaz

www.lattmanns.ch

Saturday, October 5, 2019, 8pm

Gonzenkeller
Städtchenstrasse 56
7320 Sargans

gonzenkeller.ch

Saturday, August 31, 2019, 8pm

b_smart Hotel & Bar
Selemad 12
9487 Gamprin
Liechtenstein

www.b-smarts.net

Friday, August 30 2019, 7pm

Rosegärtli
Hauptstrasse
7231 Jenaz


Bislin & Forlin

MEAN AND EVIL

Kurt Bislin  Vocals, Guitar
Tino Forlin  Piano, Organ

Recorded on 13th and 14th of October 2020 by Roger Szedalik at Tradeaway Studio, Vaduz, Liechtenstein (special thanks to Raffaele Ventruto)

Mixed and mastered in November 2020 by Little Konzett at LITTLE BIG BEAT STUDIOS, Eschen, Liechtenstein (www.littlebigbeat.com)

Produced by Kurt Bislin for BurroBeat

Trouble In Mind
(Trad./Arr. Kurt Bislin/SUISA)

Sweet Little Angel
(Riley B. King/BMI)

Mean And Evil
(Kurt Bislin/SUISA)

Ain't Nobody's Business
(Trad./Arr. Kurt Bislin/SUISA)

Rollin' And Tumblin'
(Trad./Arr. Kurt Bislin/SUISA)

Since I Met You Baby
(Ivory Joe Hunter/BMI)


All production rights reserved
© 2020 – SUISA



R.I.P. Brother Cla

* December 24, 1956
† September 27, 2021

Our band mate and second cousin Cla Nett went on to travel his last journey. After a long, serious illness, he now answered the call to blues heaven. Our hearts are heavy ... What a fine person he was, what a dear friend and great musician, deeply rooted in the blues which he sincerely loved and equally lived ... and celebrated it on stage like no other ... Cla Nett was one, or perhaps even the veteran torchbearer of Switzerland's blues scene and with his Lazy Poker Blues Band has made significant contributions to shaping it for many decades. Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences go to his wife Doris and the entire Nett family.

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Friday, April 2, 2021, 9 pm

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HEAVEN Music Club
Hauptstrasse 35
8362 Balterswil

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Postponded to FR 05.20.22

Friday, November 20, 2020, 8 pm

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Canceled
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Blues & Wine
MZG Allmend
Taminastrasse 10
7310 Bad Ragaz

www.blues-and-wine.ch

Friday, October 30, 2020, 8:30 pm

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Canceled
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Restaurant Kerze
Stadthausgasse 17
8200 Schaffhausen

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Saturday, April 11, 2020, 9 pm

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HEAVEN Music Club
Hauptstrasse 35
8362 Balterswil

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Friday, February 28, 2020, 8:30 pm

British Corner
Löwengarten
Bahnhofstrasse 1
9464 Rüthi

www.britishcorner.net

Monday, February 10, 2020, 8.15 pm

montag blues aadorf
ROTFARBkeller
Hauptstrasse 47
8355 Aadorf

www.montag-blues.ch

Friday, February 7, 2020, 8 pm

Wein Berneck
Rathausplatz 7
9442 Berneck

www.wein-berneck.ch

Saturday, January 4, 2020, 8:30 pm

Falken Pub & Motel
St. Gallerstrasse 6
8500 Frauenfeld

www.motelfalken.ch

Thursday, 10.24.2019, 9:15 pm

Brasserie 17
Rosenstrasse 17
3800 Interlaken

www.brasserie17.ch

Saturday, 08.24.2019

Privat Event

Sunday, 08.18.2019, approx. 2 to 4 pm

Breitlemerfest
auf der Cécile Ines Loos-Anlage
St. Alban-Rheinweg 222
4052 Basel

www.breitlemerfest.ch

Thursday, 08.01.2019, 8 pm

SOMMERLOCH Concerts
Eisenbeiz
Industriestrasse 23
8500 Frauenfeld

www.eisenwerk.ch/beiz

Saturday, 07.13.2019, 5:30 to 7:45 pm

Jazz uf em Platz
Mittenza parking lot
4132 Muttenz

www.jazzufemplatz.ch

Saturday, 04.13.2019, 9 pm

HEAVEN Music Club
Hauptstrasse 35
8362 Balterswil

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Friday, 04.12.2019, 9 pm

Tab Tab
Baumgartenstrasse 19
8200 Schaffhausen

www.taptab.ch

Wednesday, 03.27.2019, 9 pm

Supporting act for the marvelous

MOJO MONKEYS
Swamp Blues/Rock extraordinaire

from Los Angeles

Atlantis Basel
Klosterberg 13
4051 Basel

www.atlanti...

Monday, 02.25.2019, 7:30 pm

BLUES CLUB BODENSEE

Hotel Hecht
Hauptstrasse 51
9424 Rheineck

www.blues-club-bodensee.ch

Thursday, 02.14.2019, 8:15 pm

ESSE Musicbar
Rudolfstrasse 4
8400 Winterthur

www.esse-musicbar.ch

Friday, 02.01.2019, 8:30 pm

BLUES CLUB BÜHLER

Bogenkeller
Rotfarb 1
9055 Bühler

www.bluesclubbuehler.ch

Thursday, 01.24.2019, 8:30 pm

8 Bar
Rheingasse 8
4058 Basel

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Saturday, 12.08.2018, 8 pm

Soul Kitchen
Hauptgasse 2
9620 Lichtensteig

In cooperation with Jazz Club Lichtensteig

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Friday, 11.16.2018, 8:30 pm

DIXIE- UND JAZZ-CLUB SARGANS WERDENBERG

Jazzkeller - Zunfthaus zum Löwen
Städtchenstrasse 60
7320 Sargans

www.jazz-sargans.ch

Saturday, 10.13.2018, 8 pm

BLOODY TEARS - Official Album Release

Treffpunkt Heuwiese
ARThaus
Heuwiese 1
9476 Weite

www.treffpunkt-heuwiese.ch

Thursday, 09.20.2018, 8:15 pm

EISENWERK FRAUENFELD
Eisenbeiz
Industriestrasse 23
8500 Frauenfeld

www.eisenwerk.ch

Monday, 08.27.2018, 8 pm

Restaurant Traube Mult
Mult's Music Monday
Mult 130
9200 Gossau SG

www.mult.ch

Saturday, 08.25.2018, 9:30 to 10:30 pm

Klosterbergfest 2018
4051 Basel

klosterbergfest.ch

Friday, 08.24.2018, 9 pm

tschuppi's wonderbar
Burgerstrasse 21
6003 Luzern

www.wonder-bar.ch

Friday, 08.17.2018, 9:15 to 10:30 pm

«Em Bebbi sy Jazz»
Gerbergasse/Gerberberglein Open-Air
4052 Basel

www.embebbisyjazz.ch

Friday, 07.27.2018, 7 pm

Falken Pub-Bar
St. Gallerstrasse 27
Buchs SG

www.facebook.com/falkenpub/

Thursday, 06..14.2018, 8 pm

BLUUS IM MÜLLERHUUS

Müllerhaus - Das Kultur-Gut
Bleicherain 7
5600 Lenzburg

www.muellerhaus.ch

Saturday, 05.19.2018

Privat event

Friday, 12.29.2017, 8 pm

Christmas Blues

Gaststube zur Kerze
Stadthausgasse 17
8200 Schaffhausen

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Saturday, 10.07.2017, 7 pm

Blues & Wild
Landgasthof Linde
Unterdorfstrasse 4
8892 Berschis

Reservationen unter
www.lindeberschis.ch
Tel. 081 733 22 21

Saturday, 08.19.2017, 10:30 pm

BADENFAHRT
Tipitinas Stage
Bahnhofplatz
5400 Baden

www.badenfahrt.ch

Friday, 03.31.2017, 9 pm

Sagi Oberwil
Möösli 40
3298 Oberwil bei Büren

www.sagioberwil.ch

Saturday, 03.25.2017, 9 pm

A4 Träff Pub
Schaffhauserstrasse 320
8452 Andelfingen ZH

www.a4-treff-bar.ch

Saturday, 01.21.2017, 7 pm

Blues & Dine
Landgasthof Linde
Unterdorfstrasse 4
8892 Berschis

Reservationen unter
www.lindeberschis.ch
Tel. 081 733 22 21

Friday, 11.11.2016, 11 pm

Lucerne Blues Festival
Casineum Club Stage

www.bluesfestival.ch

Saturday, 11.05.2016, 9 pm

8 Bar
Rheingasse 8
4058 Basel

www.8-bar.eu

Friday, 10.14.2016, 8.30 pm

Blues Crew Oberschan
Hotel Alvier
9479 Oberschan


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Doug Legacy & Kurt Bislin

Doug Legacy - vocals, piano, accordion
Kurt Bislin – vocals, guitar

Doug Legacy and Kurt Bislin have been close friends for a long time. In the 1990s, Kurt Bislin was the tour manager for Doug Legacy and his Zydeco Party Band on their European tours. The two stayed in contact and finally met again during a three-week solo engagement Doug Legacy had in Central Switzerland. Legacy was performing nightly at a hotel on Lake Lucerne, and asked Kurt Bislin to come over with his band and accompany him at his weekend club shows. The arrangement worked out well and the two musicians decided to continue their collaboration, which led to several tours in Europe in the early 2000s.

In 2005, Doug Legacy and Kurt Bislin, with Bislin’s band Donkey Biters, recorded the brilliant album "Sittin 'On Top Of The World" at the legendary Powerplay Studios, near Zürich. A few of Legacy's music colleagues back in Los Angeles contributed solo work to some of the songs. Along with other great players, Waddy Wachtel (Keith Richards, Bob Dylan), Lee Thornburg (Tower Of Power), Jimmy Z. (Rod Stewart, Eurythmics) and Doug's former bandmate, slide guitar wizard Mark Shark, all came together on this album for Legacy and Bislin, as did Cla Nett, the Swiss blues veteran and winner of the first Swiss Blues Award.

Now, Legacy & Bislin are on the road as a duo. In this small but effective line-up, the charismatic friends and bandmates get closer to their audiences and present their songs in a more intimate setting. Doug Legacy with his outstanding, irresistible voice, rousing piano and accordion playing, and Kurt Bislin with rough vocals and authentic blues guitar present a gripping, varied program of Blues, New Orleans style piano tunes, Voodoo Soul, Zydeco and Cajun music.

Concert Schedule

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George “Mojo” Buford

* November 10th, 1929
† October 11th, 2011

Mojo Buford was born near Hernando, Mississippi in 1929, where his parents owned a small farm. In 1943 they moved to Memphis. At the age of five he began to practice on the harmonica and at seventeen he played house parties and fish fries out in the country for money. “I sure remember the first gig,” said Buford, “it was a house party in Holly Springs, Mississippi, and I made five dollars. I never played the clubs and bars on Beale Steet. It was a pretty rough area. I looked at Chicago. There it really went off in the early 1950s."

Having arrived in Chicago in 1954, Buford formed his band "The Savage Boys". They eventually caught Muddy Waters’ attention, and he booked them as The Muddy Waters, Jr. Band for clubs like Smitty’s Corner at 35th and Indiana when Waters played outside of Chicago. Buford was working as a janitor for the University of Chicago in the late 1950s when Muddy Waters sent his driver Vestie Sanders to pick him up. George Smith had just left the band and Waters wanted to go on tour. Buford toured with him for three years.

“I was only making about $100 or so a week with Muddy and I had to think about my family. So I moved to Minneapolis to make a name for myself in the booming blues scene there, which I ‘discovered’ touring with Muddy Waters. The blues fans up there really appreciated us”, Buford recalled, who got his nickname “Mojo” from audiences at Madison Bar-B-Que on the 29th and Nicollet in Minneapolis in the early 60s. “They wanted to hear ‘Got My Mojo Working’ all the time. They asked about it three or four times a night."

Back in Chicago, Mojo Buford joined Muddy Waters for the second time to replace James Cotton. They toured the US, Canada, Australia and Europe. On a European tour he was finally able to record with Muddy. After two years he returned to the Twin Cities. He toured twice with Waters during the 1970s but remained in Minneapolis.

In the late 80s Mojo Buford signed with Blue Loon and released the hit single "Champagne & Reefer" / "Early One Morning" which then led to the critically acclaimed album "Harpslinger" in 1993. "Still Blowin 'Strong" followed in 1996 and "Home Is Where My Harps Is" in 1998. In 1999 his live album “Champagne & Reefer” was released on Fedora Records. He recorded it with Bob Margolin, his bandmate from Muddy Waters times, and Chico Chism and band in Phoenix, AZ. 1998, during a European tour as a guest with Larry Burton, Mojo Buford took part in a live recording in Switzerland. The Larry Burton album “Live At PJ’s Blues Stop” (Babylon Records) was released the following year. Buford is singing three songs and is playing harmonica throughout the entire recording.

Mojo Buford

& The Donkey Biters

Live At “GRUETLI The Club”


Mojo Buford (Vocals, Harmonica)
Benno Rupp (Guitar)
Chrigel Burkhard (Guitar, Vocals)
Koni Eisenhut (Bass)
Kurt Bislin (Drums, Vocals)

A little bit of history ...

Benno Rupp and Kurt Bislin met Aron Burton in 1985 at the club "Limmatquai 82" in Zurich. Burton had a three-week engagement there as bandleader and bass player, backing up a different solo artist each week.

Benno Rupp and Kurt Bislin knew of him, being one of the sought-after bass players in Chicago. Burton played with his brother-in-law, slide guitar master Johnny Littlejohn, Eddie Clearwater, and James Cotton, just to name a few. Aron Burton and his band, consisting of his brother Larry Burton on guitar, A.C. Reed on saxophone, Alan Batts on keyboards and Casey Jones on drums were picked by legendary Texas blues giant Albert Collins to play in his first recording session with Alligator Records. The musicians then became the original Icebreakers, and recorded several albums and acted as Collins' touring band for many years.

Aron Burton wasn't just one fine bass player, but a wonderful singer in his own right. He made a habit of spending about half of the year in Europe, mainly in Copenhagen. There he recorded his first solo album, "Usual Dangerous Guy”, with the Kenn Lending Blues Band and Champion Jack Dupree on piano. The album, with exclusively original songs, proves Burton’s strong abilities also as a songwriter.

The two young Swiss blues enthusiasts lived a good hour away from Zurich, but nonetheless went to "Limmatquai 82" as often as possible to listen to and talk to their newly found friend. Aron Burton then went back to Chicago and not much later, the two Swiss arrived in ‘the windy city’ too, for their first time. Aron Burton invited them to stay in his home, which was located out on the westside. He showed them Chicago and its vibrant blues scene and introduced the two to many of the legendary blues musicians alive and well back then, like Junior Wells, Sunnyland Slim, Moose Walker and Eddie Clearwater. It meant the world for the two ...

Kurt Bislin and Benno Rupp, together with their band "The Raindogs", planned the recording their first album with new inspiration. Knowing Aron Burton was coming back to Zurich again in fall of 1987 to perform at Limmatquai 82 for three weeks led to the idea of inviting him to sing a couple of songs on the album. Burton was all up for it and ended up recorded his two originals "Seven Day Blues" and “Spirit” with The Raindogs.

On this tour, Aron Burton had an up-and-coming singer in the band, the marvelous Zora Young. On piano was one of Germany's stellar New Orleans blues and boogie players, the wonderful Christian Willisohn from Munich. It didn't take much to convince the two to become part of The Raindogs’ recording session. Zora Young sang on two songs, her original "Bad Track Records” and Kokomo Arnold's "How Long" and, Christian Willisohn provided outstanding piano work throughout the entire album.

"Chicago Callin'" was released shortly after and got rave reviews from all over Switzerland. This led to several tours the following years. For instance "The Raindogs", featuring Aron Burton and Christian Willisohn (sans Zora Young, unfortunately) played such prestigious festivals like the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Paléo Festival in Nyon, and the Out In The Green in Frauenfeld, Switzerland.

Now, some 35 years later, it was time to dig up the old 1/4 inch master tape, and check if it still was firmly holding the music that was recorded such a long time ago. It was a very special moment when sound engineer Little Konzett put the old tape onto his Studer master machine and hit the play button. There it was…as fresh as decades ago! With some minor adjustments to meet modern sound expectations and today’s wider sonic range, the recording went into the digital world.

Aron Burton and Benno Rupp are sadly no longer with us. But the rest of the crew is still here, spread out all over the world. Zora Young is living in Chicago, drummer Ordy Somchai Sihaampai is back in his homeland of Thailand and Christian Willisohn is doing what he's always doing, playing his piano all over Europe. Kurt Bislin sings and plays the blues even more than ever, while René Mehrmann and Norman Marogg are flying a little under the radar these days.