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.

Doug Legacy

Doug Legacy was born in Houston, Texas, and spent part of his youth in Louisiana. There he came into contact with Cajun Music, the traditional music of the of the Acadians, and Zydeco, the much more rhythmic form, which is played mainly by the Black community and interspersed with blues and R&B. Fascinated by the special feel of this music, it was musically and geographically just a short way for Legacy to New Orleans—and the local scene around Dr. John, The Meters, and later the Neville Brothers. Legacy now lives in Los Angeles and has enjoyed an almost cult status there for years with his hot mix of Blues, New Orleans Funk, Zydeco and Rock'n'Roll.

The singer, pianist and accordionist has toured with such illustrious artists as Rod Stewart, Billy Joel, Jackson Browne, Rickie Lee Jones, Simon & Garfunkel, Stevie Nicks, Bruce Hornsby, Joe Cocker, Delbert McClinton and The Tubes. A special highlight was without question his appearance at the PETA Millennium Gala on New Year's Eve 1999, in Downtown Los Angeles, where he played the accordion and keyboards alongside Paul McCartney, Dave Gilmour from Pink Floyd and Ian Paice from Deep Purple. For two years, Legacy and his band had also provided the music for the Muppet Tonight Show. He also had guest roles in the TV series "Gillmore Girls" and in films with Warren Beatty and Dan Aykroyd. On his first album "King Cake Party”, Legacy is accompanied by greats Ry Cooder and Jim Keltner, among others.

In addition to concerts with his full band, Doug Legacy consistently performs solo. This gives him the opportunity to immerse himself in the music of the protagonists of the New Orleans piano, Professor Longhair and Dr. John, and musically dive deeply into the hot swamps of Louisiana. The blues is also a defining part of New Orleans' musical melting pot and always takes a prominent place in Doug Legacy’s solo appearances.

Kurt Bislin

Kurt Bislin is a singer and guitarist, who is writing his own songs from time to time and for about 15 years even worked mainly as a drummer. In the last four decades he gained national fame with his bands “Bluecaster”, “Raindogs” and “Donkey Biters”, and later “D.Biters”. Highlights in Bislin’s career have been appearances at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Palèo Festival in Nyon, Out In The Green Fest in Frauenfeld and the Blues Festival Basel.

Accompanying American blues musicians such as Larry and Aron Burton, Mojo Buford, and Bleu Jackson, Kurt Bislin toured all over Europe. Parts of these tours found him playing with Larry Burton at the San Remo Blues Festival (in the program between Isaac Hayes and Solomon Burke), at the Burghausen Jazz Festival (which was subsequently broadcast in its entirety on German national TV), and at the legendary Ascona Jazz Festival. With Mojo Buford, Bislin made guest appearances at the Kemptener Jazz Frühling and the Jazz & Blues Open in Wendelstein. In addition, he and his band accompanied Fillmore Slim, Sugar Blue and Sam Carr, among others.

In 2016 Bislin founded “The Second Cousins” together with Cla Nett, winner of the Swiss Blues Award in 2004 and bandleader of Lazy Poker Blues Band. The two men had met for the first time in the 1980s at the legendary Atlantis Music Club in Basel. Over the years, they would stay in contact, meeting every now and then on stage. During one of those long nights of music and conversation, they found out, to both their surprise, that they were related— their grandfathers were in fact brothers! And the related bluesmen, “The Second Cousins” perform their gritty, authentic blues with their band to this day. In 2018 they released their acclaimed album, “Bloody Tears”, which has received praise and airplay in Europe and in the US.

Kurt Bislin's latest project is “Bislin & Forlin”. In duo with pianist Tino Forlin, Bislin harks far back to the roots of the Blues. Devoid of all influences of today's modern forms of this genre, this duo digs deeply into the soul and rhythm of this all-so-special and important music.

Concert Schedule

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Saturday, March 14, 2020, 8.30pm

Kellertheater Lampenfieber
Hauptstrasse 9
6719 Bludesch, Austria


Saturday, March 14, 2020, 10am to 12am and 2pm to 4pm

KAWAI Piano-Workshop
«Gulf Coast Blues and Jazz»

From New Orleans along the coast to Texas

Guitar-Repairs Urs Winkler
Karmaad 20
9473 Gams


Friday, March 13, 2020, 9pm

Sitegass Bar
Churerstrasse 2
9450 Altstätten

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Thursday, March 12, 2020, 6.30pm

Gasthaus Weinlaube
Martin und Michael Real
Hinterschloss 15
9488 Schellenberg / Liechtenstein

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 8pm

ESSE Musicbar
Zeuhausstrasse 52
8400 Winterthur

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 7.30pm

Restaurant Rebleuten
Kupfergasse 5
3653 Oberhofen am Thunersee

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Private event

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 8pm

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

Friday, March 6, 2020, 10pm

Soul Kitchen Musicbar
Hauptgasse 2
9620 Lichtensteig

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Doug Legacy - I Need Yor Love

Doug Legacy - Big Chief

Kurt Bislin - Trouble In Mind

Doug Legacy - Playing With Your Poodle

Kurt Bislin - Sweet Little Angel

Doug Legacy - Caledonia

Doug Legacy - Gettin’ Sentimental

Kurt Bislin - Mean And Evil

Doug Legacy - Crosseyed Cat

Doug Legacy - Ya Ya

Kurt Bislin - Ain't Nobodys Business

Doug Legacy - Cakewalk Into Town

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


HEAVEN Music Club
Hauptstrasse 35
8362 Balterswil

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Postponded to FR 05.20.22

Friday, November 20, 2020, 8 pm


Blues & Wine
MZG Allmend
Taminastrasse 10
7310 Bad Ragaz

Friday, October 30, 2020, 8:30 pm


Restaurant Kerze
Stadthausgasse 17
8200 Schaffhausen

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Saturday, April 11, 2020, 9 pm


HEAVEN Music Club
Hauptstrasse 35
8362 Balterswil

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Friday, February 28, 2020, 8:30 pm

British Corner
Bahnhofstrasse 1
9464 Rüthi

Monday, February 10, 2020, 8.15 pm

montag blues aadorf
Hauptstrasse 47
8355 Aadorf

Friday, February 7, 2020, 8 pm

Wein Berneck
Rathausplatz 7
9442 Berneck

Saturday, January 4, 2020, 8:30 pm

Falken Pub & Motel
St. Gallerstrasse 6
8500 Frauenfeld

Thursday, 10.24.2019, 9:15 pm

Brasserie 17
Rosenstrasse 17
3800 Interlaken

Saturday, 08.24.2019

Privat Event

Sunday, 08.18.2019, approx. 2 to 4 pm

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

Thursday, 08.01.2019, 8 pm

Industriestrasse 23
8500 Frauenfeld

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

Jazz uf em Platz
Mittenza parking lot
4132 Muttenz

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

Wednesday, 03.27.2019, 9 pm

Supporting act for the marvelous

Swamp Blues/Rock extraordinaire

from Los Angeles

Atlantis Basel
Klosterberg 13
4051 Basel


Monday, 02.25.2019, 7:30 pm


Hotel Hecht
Hauptstrasse 51
9424 Rheineck

Thursday, 02.14.2019, 8:15 pm

ESSE Musicbar
Rudolfstrasse 4
8400 Winterthur

Friday, 02.01.2019, 8:30 pm


Rotfarb 1
9055 Bühler

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


Jazzkeller - Zunfthaus zum Löwen
Städtchenstrasse 60
7320 Sargans

Saturday, 10.13.2018, 8 pm

BLOODY TEARS - Official Album Release

Treffpunkt Heuwiese
Heuwiese 1
9476 Weite

Thursday, 09.20.2018, 8:15 pm

Industriestrasse 23
8500 Frauenfeld

Monday, 08.27.2018, 8 pm

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

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

Klosterbergfest 2018
4051 Basel

Friday, 08.24.2018, 9 pm

tschuppi's wonderbar
Burgerstrasse 21
6003 Luzern

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

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

Friday, 07.27.2018, 7 pm

Falken Pub-Bar
St. Gallerstrasse 27
Buchs SG

Thursday, 06..14.2018, 8 pm


Müllerhaus - Das Kultur-Gut
Bleicherain 7
5600 Lenzburg

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

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Tel. 081 733 22 21

Saturday, 08.19.2017, 10:30 pm

Tipitinas Stage
5400 Baden

Friday, 03.31.2017, 9 pm

Sagi Oberwil
Möösli 40
3298 Oberwil bei Büren

Saturday, 03.25.2017, 9 pm

A4 Träff Pub
Schaffhauserstrasse 320
8452 Andelfingen ZH

Saturday, 01.21.2017, 7 pm

Blues & Dine
Landgasthof Linde
Unterdorfstrasse 4
8892 Berschis

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Friday, 11.11.2016, 11 pm

Lucerne Blues Festival
Casineum Club Stage

Saturday, 11.05.2016, 9 pm

8 Bar
Rheingasse 8
4058 Basel

Friday, 10.14.2016, 8.30 pm

Blues Crew Oberschan
Hotel Alvier
9479 Oberschan


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.

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

Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 7.30pm

Duo Gig

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

Friday, May 20, 2022, 9pm

Band Gig

HEAVEN Music Club
Hauptstrasse 35, 8362 Balterswil

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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.