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Hans Theessink & Terry Evans


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HANS THEESSINK & TERRY EVANS – “A TRANSATLANTIC BLUES SUMMIT”

HANS THEESSINK: HANS is probably Europe‘s blues export no 1. After more than 7.500 concerts, 50 years “on the road” and more than 30 albums, an instruction video, a songbook and a DVD to his name, HANS THEESSINK has become a roots and blues institution. With his sonorous baritone voice and unmistakable guitar work Hans is in great demand – delighting audiences around the world with his rich and emotional sounds. The US blues press called him “An international blues treasure” and “One of the world’s pre-eminent pickers”. The legendary Bo Diddley called him “One helluva guitar player”.

TERRY EVANS: TERRY hails from Vicksburg, Mississippi. At a very early age he was exposed to gospel music in the local church and knew that singing was his call. In a career that spans over 50 years, Terry has done several albums under his own name and has a long working relationship as a backing vocalist with Ry Cooder. Terry‘s voice is pure “Mississippi Magic” – the real deal and one of the most soulful voices in the business. His singing can be heard on countless productions a.o. with John Lee Hooker, Pops Staples, Eric Clapton and John Fogerty.

HANS THEESSINK & TERRY EVANS – the duo: Hans Theessink and Terry Evans may be from separate sides of the Atlantic Ocean but they work together beautifully and make sense as a natural combination. These two vastly experienced and respected musicians are committed performers who are a perfect foil to each other. Theessink’s lazy baritone and Evans’ extraordinarily soulful gospel tones are tailor made to blend together with spine-tingling results. Timeless blues -, gospel- and soul related music, comes to live in the capable hands of these two masters. With just two guitars, and two remarkable voices they bring forth honest and straightforward power in a stripped-down musical situation – an unhurried vibe that’s contagious and flows with the easy rhythm of buddies with mutual respect having a blast singing and playing together. The duo has released 2 highly acclaimed studio albums so far: “VISIONS” and “DELTA TIME” (featuring Ry Cooder). In 2015 they released their album “TRUE & BLUE”, recorded live in Vienna.

Press quotes:
a match made in blues heaven! (Blues In Britain, UK)

Bare to the bone blues brilliance… (Big City Blues, USA)

★★★★★ Theessink and Evans have delivered an exceptional album of enduring worth. They render classics and Theessink’s songs with a world-wise intensity and sense of truth. (Downbeat, USA)

A masterclass in how to play the blues with soul and authenticity. (R2, UK)

Their vocal blends have unique warmth and create harmonies that work hauntingly well. (Living Blues, USA)

The album moves at the easy pace of a river through the Deep South (Guitarist, UK)

Hans sings in what I call a cool Delta style-airy and ethereal yet with a deep connection he’s learned from many pilgrimages. Hans’ guitar is sublimity with deft picking, smooth sliding and the smoothness of Mississippi river silt. Terry is the gospel inspired R&B master who growls and howls. His axe is no less sublime in its chugging rhythmicity and definitive roots feel that captures the cycles of seasons, rhythms and sounds of his Delta upbringing. Long Island Blues Society, Dr.Blues (USA)

a beautiful fusion of two complimentary human voices producing the sounds of musical magic. (Blues Blast, UK)

nothing less then a rare musical masterpiece (Blues Underground Network, CAN)

the electricity‘s turned off, but there’s plenty of power (No Depression Magazine, USA)

They mine the enormous depths of human emotions without sacrificing the back-porch feel that permeates every track. You don’t want to miss this one –highly recommended!! (Crossroads Blues Society, US)

If you love gospel-drenched blues and close harmonies, you will be in absolute heaven here.
Vienna International (A) Sept.2012

It’s a blast! Theesink & Evans are a powerhouse acoustic duo that let the sparks fly with a good-time vibe. Excellent instrumentation and soulful singing – a lucky combination. Living Blues (USA) August 2015

This trans-Atlantic fusion of exemplary musicianship and remarkable voices is an effortlessly relaxed, unadorned session of blues power, a masterclass thoroughly enjoyed by a highly receptive audience. Rhythms (AUS) july-august 2015

For me, True & Blue is the best blues album I’ve heard so far this year. Down at the Crossroads (UK) Gary W. Burnett

This is about as stripped down as an album can get, two incredible voices and a couple of guitars working in perfect harmony. This is old-school at its finest and they make every song sound like the essence of the blues. The Professor’s Picks: Southside (USA)

This is an award-worthy release of blues in its purest form! The Crossroads Blues Society (USA) july-august 2015

unquestionably a very high quality show, and one I hope we can get to witness for ourselves in the U.K. very soon! N.Darwen, Blues & Rhythm (UK) August 2015

When these two giants get together, magical things happen…. don and sheryls bluesblog (USA)

This is the best stripped down naked acoustic blues live release this year Blues Matters (UK) 2015

It’s rather remarkable how well their voices blend, so much so that it’s practically impossible to tell the Old World auteur from the native son of the American heartland. Like brothers from different mothers, they’re bound by the blues but untethered from any geographical divide. No Depression Blues Magazine (USA)

Two old pros with two acoustic guitars create enough power to light Chicago for the winter
. http://locey.blogs.vcstar.com (USA)

True & Blue is a very enjoyable live session. Obviously Theessink and Evans have a ball playing together and the audience senses this and they’re having a ball listening. This is as good a live set of roots and blues as you’ll hear this year. Friday Blues Fix Blog Blues Bytes, USA, Graham Clarke

A killer set of acoustic folk/blues that is cut from the center of the true vine, the audience at this live recording knows what they are cheering appreciatively for—pure hot stuff. midwestrecord.com (USA)

The year blues music moved up another notch! That’s this year! Hans Theessink and Terry Evans have a new duo CD “True & Blue” and it is a masterpiece! Downright thick blues syrup. Blue Barry – Smoky Mountain Blues Society (USA)

True & Blue is a full 14-track cracker with all of Theessink’s superb fretwork and vocals on display topped and tailed by Evans and his own soulful vocal delivery and quality guitar play. The result is an extremely poised, polished and powerful album of classic, traditional blues and roots music, a release that could well be one of the finest you’re likely to hear this year. Cashbox (CAN) Iain Patience, 6.Aug.2015