A Musicians’ Musician: that’s what he is, Kai Strauss. Or maybe better: was. When American blues heroes like Sugar Ray Norcia, Darrell Nulisch, Keith Dunn, Doug Jay or Boyd Small wanted to make sure that they got the best guitar sounds in their touring band, they would call for Kai. Who was also lead guitarist for Memo Gonzalez for many years. Since Kai started focussing on his solo career many of these artists returned the favour by playing on his debut album Electric Blues. which was voted best German Blues album of 2014. And we see blues greats like Tony Vega, Mike Wheeler and Sax Gordon help Kai out on his new album: I Go By Feel.
European release date November 13.
Just like Strauss’ award-winning debut CD “Electric Blues” (Blues In Germany Award for Best Album in 2014), “I Go By Feel” could easily be called an international blues summit. On this fully packed, 60-minute plus studio effort his collaborations with Delmark recording artist Mike Wheeler and ex-Luther Allison drummer Tommie Harris add a new, more contemporary Chicago Blues influence to the guitarist’s repertoire, while Tony Vega’s (Houston) raunchy slide, Sax Gordon’s (Boston) muscular saxophone and The Netherlands’ blues harmonica export No.1, Big Pete van der Pluijm, contribute a huge amount of variety to Strauss’ straight-ahead, natural blues formula.
Strauss, who discovered his passion for the music of B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan and many others as a teenager in the 1980s, is “as authentic as any Texas or Chicago axe slinger around” (Gary Reinhard, WITR Radio/Bad Dog Blues, Rochester, New York) and has honed his chops over the course of more than 25 years of playing clubs and festivals. “I Go By Feel” not only confirms Kai Strauss’ reputation as being in the top league of Europe’s electric blues guitarists but also shows that the 45-year-old has evolved into a convincing singer, songwriter and producer in his prime, ready for many more good things to happen.
When Kai Strauss goes by feel, the Blues is literally in good hands.
Kai Strauss – I Go By Feel
Feauring Mike Wheeler, Tommie Harris, Tony Vega, Sax Gordon and Big Pete
Label: Continental Blue Heaven
Release date: 13 November 2015
01 A Fool Way Too Long
02 Drinkin’ Woman
03 Luther’s Blues
04 Gotta Wake Up
05 Knockin’ On Your Door
06 Back and Forth
07 Midnight Shift
08 Soul Fixin’ Man
09 Ain’t Gonna Ramble No More
10 Money Is The Name Of The Game
11 I Take My Time
12 I’m Leaving You
bonus ‘live’ track
13 Early In The Morning
Website Kai Strauss : www.kaistrauss.com