North Sea Jazz Club

Johan’s List (Het Lijstje van Johan) is a concert series in one of Amsterdam’s best clubs, “North Sea Jazz Club”, in the Westergasfabriek.

The selection of bands – international bluesbands of absolute top class such as Keb’ Mo’, Lucky Peterson and our fellow label mades in Royal Southern Brotherhood – was made by the legendary sports journalist, professional football player (1966 – 1978) and music lover Johan Derksen who is also hosting this concert series.

Our new CD “Too Many Roads” was “CD of the week” in his Sunday evening show “Muziek Voor Volwassenen” (Music For Grownups) on the popular Dutch radio station “Radio Rijnmond”

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Tourplan announcement

We’re looking very much forward to see you all out there!

Checkout these fine quotes from some of the american and brittish reviews we’ve got so far when you decide which of the concerts above should should go to!

This release shines a light on a Danish blues singer that looks like Sinatra but tears it up like Waters…. Wild stuff that charts the electric blues road to tomorrow in fine style. Chris Spector, Midwest Record Review (US),

The rough and ready Thorbjørn ‘The Great Dane’ Risager sings in a firm often boomy voice much like a Bruce Springsteen who’s seen a good deal more of the dark side than The Boss ever will…. Too Many Roads is the ensemble’s magnum opus…but don’t expect that to stick, as I strongly suspect this CD is a turning point. Marc S. Tucker, Acoustic Music (US)

One of the great soulful blues voices of our time. Too Many Roads is a magnificent album that spans soul, jazz, funk and rock’n’roll, and reinvigorates the blues with an earthly, emotive quality. Risager’s arresting voice is dark as molasses and always emotionally connected to the song, with echoes of Charles Brown and Ray Charles. His soul phrasing is perfectly offset by his road-tested band’s swaggering horn arrangements and sizzling solos. Pete Feenstra, Classic Rock’s Blues Magazine (UK)

This guy is a singer’s singer, but maybe born too late, because if he had been doing this job in the ’50s and ’60s and lived in the USA, surely he would be a legend by now. Too many Roads – a gem of a record. Thorbjorn Risager; a real diamond. Simon Redley, Blues and Soul (UK)

“Make no mistake about it, Thorbjørn Risager is a man, his voice is thick and gnarly, like a Danish Billy Gibbons with a wider range. It’s always inspiring to hear a band that plays tribute to the greats, without directly ripping them off, take it in their own direction. This is where I believe Thorbjørn Risager and the Black Tornado separate themselves from the pack and show the most promise. If you’re looking for a new twist on old classics, I highly recommend Too Many Roads.” Blues Rock Review (UK)

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This is truly fantastic NEWS!!!

We just found out that we’re on the Schallplattenkritik Bestenliste 3-2014 in Germany!

This is what the jury wrote as their reason for choosing “Too Many Roads” (Ruf Records) as the best blues release (in German….)

“Mit The Black Tornado, seiner mit Bläsern gespickten Band im RĂĽcken, und mit einem Dutzend bemerkenswerter Songs im Gepäck nimmt sich Thorbjørn Risager der Aufgabe an, bodenständigen Rhythm’n’Blues, Roots-Blues und emotionsgetränkten Soul im Angedenken an die Altvorderen zu spielen und trotzdem topmodern zu klingen. Das versuchen viele, aber nur ganz wenigen gelingt es auf so souveräne Weise wie dem Mann aus Kopenhagen mit „Too Many Roads“. Seine ausdrucksstarke, mächtige Röhre ist auch hier wieder das Sahnehäubchen auf dem Blueskuchen. Risager hat schon einige gute CDs veröffentlicht, diese ist sein MeisterstĂĽck.” (FĂĽr die Jury: Karl Leitner)

Check out the entire list here ->

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New tourplan announcement!

Check out the 2014 tourplan – it’s gonna be a hell of a ball and we’re looking so much forward to play for you all – Be aware that there has been a change on August 29th where we play in Hvalsø and not @ Mojo Bluesbar! :-)

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US release of “Too Many Roads”!

Finally the day has come where we can announce the US release of our new album “Too Many Roads” out on Ruf Records. Thx to Crunchy Tunes, Promote it, Target Group, Westman Music and everybody else who has been helping us out! Go get it on Amazon or iTunes!

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Hörzu Deutschland und Österreich!!!!

We’re heading out on the 3rd European releasetour taking us to the venues listed below in Rocks Magazine! Check-out the very cool photos by Markus Hagner from the tour start in Bremen right here!

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First we take Hamburg – Then we take Berlin!

Heading out on our 2nd German/European release tour supporting our new album “Too Many Roads” out on Ruf Records bringing us to the following cities and venues!
Apr 02 – Downtown Bluesclub – Hamburg, Germany
Apr 03 – Spirit of 66 – Verviers, Belgium
Apr 04 – Bielefelder Jazzclub – Bielefeld, Germany
Apr 05 – Quasimodo – Berlin, Germany
See you all out there and may the blues be with you!

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German releasetour coming up!

Heading out on the German releasetour vol. 1 playing at the venues listed below:
20-03 / Gemeindesaal (releaseconcert) / Lindewerra
21-03 / Nordhof Steinemke / Wolfsburg
22-03 / Jazz Club Minden / Minden
23-03 / Alte Piesel / Fulda
24-03 / Muddy’s Club / Weinheim
The new album “Too Many Roads” out on Ruf Records will be released digitally March 21st and on CD March 28th! LP release date will follow soon! We’re looking very much forward to see you all out there and may the blues be with you!

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DK4 Live-TV concert will be broadcastet Friday evening!

Don’t miss the first two broadcasts of our live TV concert at DK4! Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado – Live from Studie 55 will be broadcastet Friday, March 14th, kl. 19.15 (7.15 PM) and Tuesday, March 18th, kl. 22.30 (10.30 PM) Check it out!

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SVT GoKväll – If you wanna leave!

Check out this clip from Swedish TV GoKväll (SVT) which will be broadcast Saturday evening around 6.50 PM! New cd out on Ruf Records via Plugged Records(SE) and Target Group(DK) and don’t forget the tremendous release-party-concert at Akkurat Official on Sunday at 8 PM!!! It’s gonna be a ball!

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