Emil & The Ecstatics

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Stockholm based Emil & The Ecstatics are nowadays a well-known name on the European blues and roots scene. After countless festivals, clubs, and three full-length albums, the band has proved to be a force to reckon with. Apart from the many great album reviews, The Ecstatics put a great effort in what they do best - live shows. This have been confirmed by many Ecstatics' audiences all over Europe. Their third album "Bit By Bit", consists of a number of original tunes in the midlands of blues and soul music without being too conservative for that matter. Their previous also well received albums are titled "Legacy" and "Emil & The Ecstatics". The front man Emil Arvidsson is a really fine and deep-voiced singer and a guitarist with a great tone. The other Ecstatics players are Johan Bendrik, master on Hammond organ and piano, Mats Hammarlöf on bass, and Marcus Rostedt on drums.Emil & The Ecstatics

Emil & the Ecstatics self-titled debut puts them right up there with the best of them (Scandinavian or otherwise). The opener ("On My Feet Again") hooks you in with its cracking combination of organ, guitar and great vocals all underpinned by a very tight rhythm section. Once you are hooked, the combination of highly listenable and danceable tunes (all originals) keeps you there for the ride through to the intriguingly titled instrumental closer, "Freddie Deaddie". The combination of the band's retro
sound with front man Emil Arvidsson's contemporary tunes knocks the spots off many of today's so-called blues bands. Easily one of the top 10 blues albums of 2004.
(~~Gordon baxter)

Little Larry Hudson officiating, on vocals and guitar, in the clubs of Chicago's West Side in the 70s, remains a mysterious figure. Originally from Des Moines (Iowa), where he has recorded a 45t, he then won Chicago and engraved in 1977 still more single soul before disappearing nowhere.

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