Kurt Bislin (voc/gtr) – Cla Nett (voc/gtr)

Deep Blues ... that’s what we got,
that’s what we play ... period!

Cla Nett and Kurt Bislin are going after that particular feel of the Blues, encompassing it with devotion and respect and play it, far from any three-chord banality, honest and pure.

Cla Nett (then leader of the Lazy Poker Blues Band) and Kurt Bislin first met back in the late 80s at legendary Atlantis Music Club in Basel, Switzerland. As a member of the Burton Brothers Blues Band (Larry and Aron Burton of Albert Collins’ Original Icebreakers descent) from Chicago, Kurt Bislin stopped there for a three day stint while touring Europe. On the second night Cla Nett was invited by the Burtons to sit in with the band and he played an outstanding set. Nett and Bislin kept contact and, over the years, off and on met on-stage. On one of those long nights of music and talk, to their big surprise they eventually found out they were related … second cousins … their grandfathers had been brothers!

The two veterans of the Swiss Blues scene now make a joined effort under the name “The Second Cousins”. Shorty after they founded the new band, they were invited to play the 2016 Lucerne Blues Festival. During their set legendary Blues singer/bassist Bob Stroger joined the band on stage to sing three songs. Furthermore the band played numerous club gigs and also appeard on the Tipitinas stage at the legendary “Badenfahrt” in 2017.

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Cla Nett

For more than 30 years Lazy Poker Blues Band’s founder, bandleader and guitarist, Cla Nett, is one of the most influential musicians within the Swiss Blues scene. For his engagement with the Blues in Switzerland he was honored with the Swiss Blues Award in 2004.


In the early 80s the Lazy Poker Blues Band was one of the top bands in Switzerland and was engaged to play the big open airs and main concert halls. Concert tours throughout Switzerland and Germany (for instance, in 1984 with Joe Cocker) and impressive album sales are proof of their successful times. 1994 Cla Nett and his band went to Chicago to record the album «Halsted». Inspired by the city’s local scene and with guest musicians like Billy Branch, Chick Rogers, A.C. Reed or Kenny Neal, these recordings turned out to be a great album. The year after they did the whole thing all over again, this time with a stronger focus the guest soloists Jimmy Johnson, Little Smokey Smothers, Maurice John Vaughn, Pistol Pete Newell, Jon McDonald and Steve Freund. With Jon McDonald and Maurice Vaughn, Cla Nett then toured Europe, as he also did later with 2016 BMA AWARD winner (traditional Blues artist of the year) John Primer (Muddy Waters Band, Magic Slim Band). Cla Nett was co-founder of the somewhat odd «low-plugged» band «Blues NeTTwork», which toured Switzerland between 1997 and 2011. Besides being booked for the prestigious Lucerne Blues Festival, they also successfuly played Blues Baltica in Eutin und several other German festivals.


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Kurt Bislin

With his former bands Bluecaster, The Raindogs and The D.Biters Kurt Bislin played hundreds of gigs all over Switzerland and the neighboring countries. In 1987 he met Aron Burton at the legendary “Limmatquai 82” club in Zurich and invited him to record a couple of his songs for the Raindogs album “Chicago Callin’”.


During his later visits to Chicago, the encounter with the legendary slide gitarist John Littlejohn (Aron Burton’s brother-in-law) was particularly influential. In his unmistakable way Littlejohn showed Bislin the fundamental rules of the blues and took him to places in the city which one would most certainly avoid (as a Hillbilly from the Swiss alps anyway).

Back in Europe Kurt Bislin started touring with Burton Brothers (Aron and Larry) and played such renowned Swiss musical events as the Paléo Festival Nyon, the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Jazzfestival Ascona. On further tours with Larry Burton, among others with Bob Stroger on bass, he also appeared at the Burghausen Jazzfestival (the entire concert was broadcasted nationwide by the German national TV) or at Kemptner Jazzfrühling. In later years he and his band teamed up with Mojo Buford, legendary singer/harp player who was in Muddy Waters’ band for over 20 years. Other illustrious names on Kurt Bislin’s roster are Fillmore Slim, Sugar Blue, Sam Carr or Bleu Jackson.

In 2002 Kurt Bislin started a project with Texan singer, accordionist and pianist Doug Legacy, where, besides the Blues, the musical focus layed on Zydeco, Cajun Music and New Orleans Funk. All this climaxed in 2005 with the great album “Sittin’ On Top Of The World”, In addition to guest musicians like Waddy Wachtel (Stevie Nicks, Bob Dylan, Keith Richards) and Lee Thornburg (Tower Of Power), to name a few, Cla Nett also contributed splendid guitar work. The collaboration with Doug Legacy continues ...


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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, and in recent years accompanied the Blues professor Wale Liniger.


The Second Cousins -
«Bloody Tears»

BurroBeat | Ser.Daia.Songs | SDS-002

Deep Blues aus der Schweiz

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.


1. 31st Of July  (Nett)

2. Train down South  (Bislin/Rupp)

3. I'm Scared  (Nett)

4. Mean and Evil  (Bislin)

5. I Ain’t Got Enough  (Nett)

6. Done Change My Way Of Living  (Mahal)

7. Sailed To Dixieland  (Nett)

8. Handle With Care  (Nett)

9. Bound To Go  (Bislin/Eisenhut)

10. Boogie Fever  (Nett)

11. Believe Me  (Bislin)

12. Special Kind Of Karma  (Nett)

13. Bloody Tears  (Funchess)

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Friday, April 2, 2021, 9 pm

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