Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado

Sign to Provogue/Mascot Label Group

Denmark’s premier roots-rockers Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado have announced they have signed to Provogue / Mascot Label Group; home to Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Walter Trout and more.

Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado // Promo photo by Christoffer Askman
Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado // Photo by Christoffer Askman

“We’re super thrilled and proud to announce that we have signed with legendary Provogue/Mascot Label Group. Looking forward to a long and fruitful cooperation starting out with the release of our forthcoming album Navigation Blues” says Thorbjørn Risager.

The multi-award-winning band will reveal their brand-new song, “Watch the Sun Go Down,” on 1st July – which is taken from their brand-new album. More information on that to follow soon. You can pre-save the first single here.

With its rolling rhythms and yearning guitar licks, it’s the soundtrack to a glorious dusk desert sunset with a fizzing coolness that puts its foot on the pedal and rides off into a Tarantino horizon.

The septet has been blazing a trail across Scandinavia, wider Europe, Canada, the US and Asia for the past 20 years. They’ve been captivating crowds with their dynamic stage presence and a sound that fuses soul, Chicago blues, boogie and rock ‘n’ roll with a voice where Ray Charles, Van Morrison and Billy Gibbons meet in the middle. They’ve brought dancing shoes to Europe’s largest festival stages, low-light noir-ish blues to Jazz clubs around the globe and shared stages with the likes of Buddy Guy and Tedeschi Trucks.

Highlighting their pedigree, they’ve once again been nominated in this year’s Danish Music Awards (for the seventh time), this time for the “Best Blues Live Band,” which is due to take place on 17th August. The band have already taken two awards home as the “Best Band” in the European Blues Awards and the winner of the German Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik Jahrespreis.

With an impressive cannon of material, Risager and his orchestra have already released twelve previous albums, including the award-winning Too Many Roads and last year’s critically lauded Best Of.

On their prolific travels around the globe, they’ve swept-up fans across every corner, including non-other than Elwood Blues himself, Dan Ackroyd! Who hailed their “Hot rhythm and blues”, saying Risager has “got a great voice, great delivery and feels the blues…. The songs are original, but sound like they come from a Stax recording session circa 1965.”

At twenty years in, the band are in white-hot form and will be showcasing their new material across Europe for the rest of 2022 and 2023

Keep your eyes peeled for more news soon.

Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado are:
Thorbjørn Risager – vocals and guitar
Emil Balsgaard – piano and organ
Joachim Svensmark – guitar and back-up vocals
Kasper Wagner – ten/alto/baryton saxophone or Hans Nybo – saxophone and back-up vocals
Peter Kehl – trumpet/flg horn and back-up vocals
Søren Bøjgaard – bass / synthbass / samples
Martin Seidelin – drums and back-up vocals

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