None other than Joe Bonamassa and Walter Trout have been confirmed to perform at next year’s edition of the Holland International Blues Festival. Laurence Jones, King Solomon Hicks and Tommy Castro & The Painkillers will perform in Blues Village Grolloo as well. More names will be announced at a later time.
Joe Bonamassa is hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation. He has sixteen #1 Billboard Blues Albums to his name, which is more than any other artist. Bonamassa’s latest studio album Blues Of Desperation was released in 2016, followed by two live albums: Joe Bonamassa – Live At The Greek Theatre and Joe Bonamassa: Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening.
Walter Trout struck out on his own in 1989 after playing with Canned Heat and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, and has since enjoyed an immensely successful solo career. He released classic albums such as Life In The Jungle, Walter Trout, and Blues For The Modern Daze. Last year saw the release of his latest album We’re All In This Together, featuring an all-star lineup including John Mayall, Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and his son, Jon Trout.
Laurence Jones is often labelled as “the future of the blues.” Still only 26, he has won several prestigious awards, among which Best European Guitarist at the European Music Awards and no less than three inductions into the British Blues Awards’ Hall of Fame as Young Artist of the Year in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
Guitarist Solomon Hicks has been called all kinds of names, such as “King” Solomon by his fans, but also Lil’ B.B. and East Montgomery. It’s all because he seamlessly merges jazz and blues, and at such a tender age.
A six-time Blues Music Award-winner, Tommy Castro always brings along his band, The Painkillers, consisting of bassist Randy McDonald, keyboardist Michael Emerson, and drummer Bowen Brown. Together, they play music that is guaranteed to fill the floor and raise the roof.