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.

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Video


Audio

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


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.

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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.

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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)