#5 on the BluesRockReview top 20!

This is truly fantastic news!
#5 on the Top 20 Albums of 2014 in Blues Rock Review!
Where’s the champagne and the r……???
Thanks for the votes from the staff at BRR and from all of you who participated!

Read all about it here!

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#1 on The Blues Magazine’s “The best of 2014″ list!

We’re so proud to be #1 on “The best of 2014″ list from Classic Rock‘s Blues Magazine (UK), in the very best company ever! Thx to our wonderful fans, Ruf Records, Crunchy Tunes, Target Group, Promote it and Medley Studios for the fantastic support! :-)

Here’s the motivation from the magazine!


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European Blues Award nomination!

We just found out that we are nominated for a European Blues Award as “Best Album/Recorded Session 2014″ for our album “Too Many Roads” released on Ruf Records!


Check out this link where we’re in the best possible company one can be in AND WOTE ON US please! :-)

-> -> We didn’t win and the award went to Rory Gallagher’s latest album! :-)

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…and the DMA Blues 2014 goes to Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado

Ups – we did it again!!! :-)

We just won the Danish Music Award BLUES 2014 for the album “Too Many Roads” out on Ruf Records!

This is unbelievable and we’re truly greatful!

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Danish Music Award nomination for “Too Many Roads”

We are ever so proud to announce that we have been nominated for a DANISH MUSIC AWARD BLUES again this year!

“Too Many Roads” (out on Ruf Records) has been noticed by the committee just like “Dust and Scrathes” was last year and really shows that hard work pays off.

The winner will be found on Wednesday, September 24th so pls. keep your fingers crossed!

Check out this link (in Danish – but hey – there is always a helping hand in Google translate!)

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Dutch tour coming up!

The Netherlands – we’re so thrilled to come and play for y’all at

Sept. 5th. NixBluesClub (Enschede)
Sept. 6th. BluesRockFestival (Tegelen) 
Sept. 7th. NorthSeaJazzClub (Amsterdam)
Sept. 13th. Café de Noot (Hoogland) 

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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 -> http://tinyurl.com/o294lzs

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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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