ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd have been confirmed to perform at next year’s edition of the Holland International Blues Festival. Jonny Lang, Daniele Nicole and Delgres will perform in Blues Village Grolloo as well. More names will be announced at a later time.
Although founded in 1969 ZZ Top got their breakthrough in The Netherlands with their 1983 album Eliminator, and hits such as Gimme All Your Lovin’, Sharp Dressed Man. The Houston, Texas-based band who celebrate their 50th anniversary next year, was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and has sold over 50 million records worldwide. Lead singer Gibbons has been called ‘one of America’s finest blues guitarists working in the arena rock idiom’ by critics. In 2016, ZZ Top released their latest (live) album Tonite At Midnight: Live Greatest Hits From Around The World.
They single-handedly (well, almost) put Southern rock on the map in the 1970s. The band gained worldwide recognition for anthems such as Sweet Home Alabama and Free Bird. With a catalog of over 60 albums and sales beyond 30 million worldwide, the rock ‘n’ roll powerhouse is now touring the world with their Last Of The Street Survivors Farewell Tour.
Because Jonny Lang released his first album when he was in his teens, he can already boast a recording career over two decades long while still in his thirties. Starting out with a bluesy sound, influenced by electric pioneers like Albert Collins, B. B. King, and Buddy Guy, Lang’s music evolved into a modern R&B style closer to Stevie Wonder and contemporary gospel music. His distinctive, blues-inflected licks remained on every album, from his first one, Lie To Me, to his latest; 2017’s Signs.
Having grown up playing the blues, singer and bassist Danielle Nicole first found fame als a founding member of Trampled Under Foot. She is the first woman to win the Blues Foundation’s 2014 Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist, Bass. Nicole released her first solo album, Wolf Den, in 2015 to rave reviews. In 2018 it was followed by its successor Cry No More, which peaked at number 1 in the Billboard Top Blues Albums chart.
Delgres founder Pascal Danaë had already been established as a virtuoso guitarist when he discovered the blues the dobro. Last August, the band he formed to play that music, Delgres, have made a debut album, Mo Jodi, which delivers a strikingly unique take on the blues. The band’s music takes influences from everywhere: a Creole vibe mixed with Caribbean sounds, dance beats, glamrock-guitar and even some rockabilly.