Photo credits: Ron van Varik
BANG! It’s 2013 and there’s the DYNAMITE BLUES BAND! Winner of the Dutch Blues Foundation 2018 and 3rd place winner European Blues Challenge
Wesley, Niels and J.J., formerly part of the successful Dutch blues band Big Blind teamed up again to create their own explosive blues cocktail. With their previous band Big Blind the young guns played all major Benelux blues festivals, but also upset festivals in the UK (Linton) and Germany (Breminale), while getting major BNL media attention. They got rave album and gig reviews, performed at national radio 3FM, for the more “hip” crowd, and “Raymann Is Laat” on national Dutch TV. Quite rare for a blues band but hey, they were exciting. So is The Dynamite Blues Band that was formed in February 2013 after they were suddenly asked to play a festival on The Azores as Big Blind. That’s when the 3 old friends teamed up again, added stompin’ bass player Renzo van Leeuwen, quickly picked a new name and the band was born.
Even before they played or recorded a single note they got invited for shows throughout Europe as people know it’s like fireworks when these guys play together. In 2014 they recorded their debut album “Shakedown & Boogie” and they got rave reviews in major magazines. The boys also performed at Radio Veronica and at Holland’s popular talkshow “De Wereld Draait Door” with over a million people watching.. They killed it a.o. at major festivals like the Ribs & Blues, Belgian Rhythm & Blues Festival with their greasy, dirty sound.
A new episode starts in 2016 with The Dynamite Blues Band’s second album “Kill Me With Your Love”. Even more variety (there’s horns, baby!), more mature without losing the energy and fun factor. With shows like the famous Zwarte Cross Festival and their first steps into Germany, you’ll still be needing safety glasses and ear protection but don’t forget to put on your dancing shoes!
Wesley van Werkhoven – vocals/harp
J J van Duijn – guitar
Renzo van Leeuwen – bass
Jan Aandewiel – drums