The festival program this year should please a wide audience. In addition to the big blues names, there is the world class soul diva Candi Staton, and a rare visit by string wizard David Lindley. The Fabulous Thunderbirds will probably be the first choice for blues lovers. The Norwegian audience has loved this band for three decades now. With Jimmie Vaughan on guitar, they set the standard for rocking blues. This time the band has three stops in Norway, and they are coming with a new line up. Mike Kellar and Johnny Moeller on guitars, Randy Bermudes on bass, Jay Moeller on drums, and, of course, the harmonia player, singer and band leader, Kim Wilson.
Another veteran blues band coming to Nidaros is Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets. Similar to the T-Birds, the band made a name for themselves in the 80's. With Sam Myers as frontman, they had many successful years. Myers died in 2006, and since then the band has not toured outside US. Until now.
Soul diva Candi Staton visited Norway last year and held some awesome shows, including one at Cosmopolite in Oslo. After big success back in the 70's disco era, soulsinger Staton made her comeback a few years ago with the CD "His Hands", and last year released the critically acclaimed "Who's Hurting Now".
Other artists coming to Nidaros are, Paul Lamb & Johnny Dickinson, Nine Below Zero, Bergen Blues Band, Gene Taylor and Homesick & The Louisiana Men.
The festival is held April 14-18 at Royal Garden Hotel in Trondheim. More info at: www.nidarosblues.no