Bislin & Forlin

The Genuine Blues Duo

Kurt Bislin  vocals, guitar
Tino Forlin  piano, organ

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, which finds its way so directly and sincerely into the innermost part of the human being. 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. Delivered in guitar and piano duo, the music comes very close to the audience, the setting is intimate, the volume is moderate.

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.

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.

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".

Concert Schedule

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Archive Concert Dates

Archiv Concert Dates

Dienstag, 6. Oktober 2020

Privatanlass

Samstag, 26. September 2020, ab 20.30 Uhr

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

www.lattmanns.ch

Samstag, 19. September 2020

Privatanlass

Freitag, 18. September 2020, ab 20 Uhr

b_smart Hotel & Bar
Selemad 12
9487 Gamprin
Liechtenstein

www.b-smarts.net

Samstag, 5. September 2020

Privatanlass

Samstag, 1. August 2020, ab 16 Uhr

Restraurant Traube Mult
Mult 130
9200 Gossau

www.mult.ch

Freitag, 10. Juli 2020, ab 19.30 Uhr

D'Gass
Metzgergasse
9470 Buchs

www.d-gass.ch

Freitag, 19. Juni 2020, ab 19.30 Uhr

D'Gass
Metzgergasse
9470 Buchs

www.d-gass.ch

Freitag, 24. April 2020, ab 20 Uhr

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b_smart Hotel & Bar
Selemad 12
9487 Gamprin
Liechtenstein

www.b-smarts.net

Samstag, 18. Januar 2020, ab 22 Uhr

Soul Kitchen Musicbar
Hauptgasse 2
9620 Lichtensteig

Facebook: Soul Kitchen

Freitag, 13. Dezember 2019, ab 20 Uhr

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

www.lattmanns.ch

Samstag, 5. Oktober 2019, ab 20 Uhr

Gonzenkeller
Städtchenstrasse 56
7320 Sargans

gonzenkeller.ch

Samstag, 31. August 2019, ab 20 Uhr

b_smart Hotel & Bar
Selemad 12
9487 Gamprin
Liechtenstein

www.b-smarts.net

Freitag, 30. August 2019, ab 19 Uhr

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)



The Second Cousins -
«Bloody Tears»

BurroBeat | Ser.Daia.Songs | SDS-002

Deep Blues from Switzerland

By Richard Koechli

«Deep Blues», that’s what nowadays the traditional music from Chicago, Louisiana or Mississippi is called, and it’s a very rare thing for this kind of music to come out of Switzerland. So, even more pleasant, every now and then such a credible marvel surfaces, and deep it is from the first to the last note! A quite proper mix of electric Chicago Blues, rough Mississippi tones, swampy Louisiana feel and lively New Orleans grooves. Swinging, sweaty, mesmerizing. Nett and Bislin take turns singing and playing guitar, the entire quartet harmonizes splendidly. Idiosyncratic the two singers tell their stories ... taken straight out of long life experience and miles apart from any parody.

Concert schedule

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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)