The Second Cousins: 2016 – 2021

We had good years together, wonderful concerts and a successful album production ... and in addition to all the music we played together, we had great camaraderie and deep friendship within the band. The death of Cla Nett now has brought all to a far too early end. We would like to thank everyone who met us with sympathy and support and made our performances as unforgettable for us, as we'd hope we made it for them.


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.

Cla Nett

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Cla Nett ist als Gitarrist, Gründer und Bandleader der Lazy Poker Blues Band seit über 30 Jahren eine der prägendsten Figuren in der Schweizer Bluesszene. Für sein Engagement für den Blues in der Schweiz wurde er im April 2004 mit dem Swiss Blues Award geehrt. In den frühen 80er-Jahren gehörte die Lazy Poker Blues Band zu den schweizweit angesagtesten Formationen und wurde für die grossen Open-Airs und Konzerthallen in Deutschland und der Schweiz wie auch vom Schweizer und Deutschen Fernsehen gebucht. Tourneen in ganz Europa (u.a. 1984 mit Joe Cocker) und beeindruckende Tonträgerverkäufe zeugen von dieser erfolgreichen «Hoch»-Zeit. 1994 reiste Cla Nett mit seiner Band nach Chicago, um die LP «Halsted» einzuspielen. Inspiriert von der dortigen Szene und mit Gastmusikern wie Billy Branch, Chick Rogers, A.C. Reed oder Kenny Neal entstand ein grossartiges Album, auf das im darauffolgenden Jahr die «Halsted Sessions» folgte. Dieses zweite fokussierte stärker auf die Solisten Jimmy Johnson, Little Smokey Smothers, Maurice John Vaughn, Pistol Pete Newell, Jon McDonald und Steve Freund. Mit McDonald und Vaughn tourte er hier in Europa, ebenso wie später mit John Primer (Muddy Waters Band, Magic Slim Band), u.a. 2016 Gewinner des BMA AWARD als «Traditional Bluesartist of the year». Cla Nett war auch Mitgründer der schrägen «low-plugged» Band «Blues NeTTwork», die von 1997 bis 2011 die Schweiz unsicher machte und neben dem Lucerne Blues Festival auch am Blues Baltica in Eutin und diversen deutschen Festivals Erfolge feiern konnte.

 

Kurt Bislin

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Kurt Bislin hat mit Bluecaster, The Raindogs und The D.Biters die ganze Schweiz und das benachbarte Ausland bereist und hunderte Auftritte gespielt. 1987 lernte er im «Limmatquai 82» in Zürich Aron Burton kennen und lud ihn gleich zu Aufnahmen zum «Raindogs»-Album «Chicago Callin’» ein. Bei seinen späteren Aufenthalten in Chicago war die Begegnung mit dem legendären Slidegitarristen John Littlejohn (Aron Burtons Schwager) besonders prägend. Dieser vermittelte ihm auf seine unverwechselbare Art die fundamentalen Regeln des Blues und zeigte ihm Orte in der Stadt, die man ansonsten (als Hillbilly aus der Schweiz sowieso) eher zu meiden pflegt.

 

Zurück in der alten Welt tourte er mit den Burton Brothers (Aron und Larry) und trat bei so renommierten Anlässen wie dem Paléo Festival in Nyon, dem Montreux Jazz Festival oder dem Jazzfestival Ascona auf. Bei weitere Tourneen mit Larry Burton, u.a. mit Bob Stroger am Bass, gastierte er auch am Burghausen Jazzfestival (der gesamte Auftritt wurde von der ARD gesendet) oder beim Kemptner Jazzfrühling. Später folgten Touren mit dem legendären Sänger und Harmonikaspieler Mojo Buford, der mehr als 20 Jahre Mitglied in der Band von Muddy Waters war. Weitere illustre Namen in Kurt Bislins Palmares sind Fillmore Slim, Sugar Blue, Sam Carr oder Bleu Jackson.

2002 startete Kurt Bislin ein Projekt mit dem texanischen Sänger, Akkordeonisten und Pianisten Doug Legacy, bei dem der musikalische Schwerpunkt neben Blues auf Zydeco, Cajun Music und New Orleans Funk lag. Daraus resultierte 2005 das grossartige Album «Sittin’ On Top Of The World», bei dem neben den Gastmusikern Waddy Wachtel (Bob Dylan, Keith Richards), Lee Thornburg (Tower Of Power) u.a. auch Cla Nett mit prächtiger Gitarrenarbeit brilliert. Die Zusammenarbeit mit Doug Legacy dauert an ...

The Rhythm Section

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Markus Halmer (Bass) - Bernie Ruch (Drums)

 

Markus Halmer aus dem Zürcher Weinland am Bass und Bernie Ruch, Jazz- und Blues-Drummer extraordinaire aus Schaffhausen, bilden die Rhythm Section der "Second Cousins". Als hervorragend eingespieltes Team liefern den unwiderstehlichem Groove. Markus Halmer war 20 Jahre Mitglied bei der «Augarten Blues Band», 2 Jahre bei «Blues Rooster», 2 Jahre bei «Bluescontainer» und gelegentlich Gast bei der «Rockvereinigung Winterthur». Er spielt aktuell bei «On The Roxx», «JB's Blues Rockers Deluxe» und der wieder auferstandenen «Augarten Blues Band».

Bernie Ruch verinnerlichte in jungen Jahren den Blues, indem er die Stücke auf den «American Folk Blues Festival»-Langspielplatten mitspielte und so von seinen Vorbildern Clifton James, Fred Below und Odie Payne lernte. Später erhielt er u.a. Schlagzeuglektionen beim legendären New Yorker Jazz-Drummer Max Roach. Es folgten Auftritte mit dem grossartigen US-Saxophonisten Dexter Gordon. Bernie Ruch ist ein gefragter Schlagzeuger in der heimischen Jazzszene, hat aber immer auch seine Blues-Wurzel verfolgt. Er war seinerzeit Gründungsmitglied der Gruppe «Bluesfinger» mit Yvonne Moore, tourte mit Les Getrex (Fats Domino) and his Blues Group und begleitete in den letzen Jahren den Bluesprofessor Wale Liniger.

 

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.


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.




Tracks

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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Archive Concert Dates

Archiv Concert Dates

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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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

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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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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

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 7.30pm

Duo Gig

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

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Friday, May 20, 2022, 9pm

Band Gig

HEAVEN Music Club
Hauptstrasse 35, 8362 Balterswil

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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.