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Thorbjørn Risager & Emil Balsgaard - Taking The Good With The Bad

New ‘surprise’ release out now!!!

New ’surprise’ album released April 9th 2021!

Thorbjørn Risager & Emil Balsgaard – Taking The Good With The Bad (buy the album hereListen to the album here)

Everybody who is interested in blues, knows about Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado, who’s been entertaining blueslovers all over the world for the past 19 years with their spectacular shows and releases.

Fewer people know that Thorbjørn Risager and Tornado-pianoman Emil Balsgaard have a history together which goes much further back in time. Their partnership began 27 years ago when they met in a New Orleans style blues ’n’ funk band called Rad Gumbo.

Thorbjørn and Emil have spent the covid19-lockdown recording their third duoalbum entitled Taking The Good With The Bad.

The album shows that their love for that special New Orleans style blues ’n’ funk has not faded. The album contains pulverising boogie blues, a sweet touch of caribian rhythms and low down dirty funk.

Tornado bassman Søren Bøjgaard has recorded and co-produced the album which also contains guest appearences by Tornado members Joachim Svensmark and Martin Seidelin.

Line-up

Thorbjørn Risager – vokal & guitar
Emil Balsgaard – piano, keys
Joachim Svensmark – guitar
Søren Bøjgaard – bas/producer
Martin Seidelin – perc

Tracklist (Taking The Good With The Bad – HRB2021 – P & C House Rockin’ Band Inc 2021)
1. Insomniac Boogie (T. Risager) 2:55
2. I Know You Rider (Trad.) 4:46
3. It Ain’t Right (Little Walter) 3:04
4. If I Could (F. Eaglin, D. Bartholemew) 4:05
5. Tango Till They’re Sore (T. Waits)
6. Too Late For Us (T. Risager) 3:52
7. Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor (Trad.) 3:30
8. Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis (T. Waits) 4:36
9. The Way You Make Me Feel (T. Risager) 4:39
10. Good News (Ackley, Crosby) 3:00
11. When Shadows Fall (H&G Clarkson, P Van Steeden) 3:15

Discography
Live 2004 (Music Mecca/Cope Records 2005)
From the Heart (Cope Records 2006)
Here I Am (Cope Records 2007)
Live at Victoria (Cope Records 2009)
Track Record (Cope Records 2010)
Dust & Scratches (Cope Records 2012)
Between Rock and Some Hard Blues (Cope Records 2013)
Too Many Roads (Ruf Records 2014)
When They Ring Them Golden Bells (2014) – DUO
Songs From The Road (Ruf Records 2016)
Change My Game (Ruf Records 2017)
When Shadows Fall (2018) – DUO
Come On In (Ruf Records 2020)
Taking The Good With The Bad (2021) – DUO

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Tourplan incl. the first 2025 releasetour dates! 16 May Gullanden, Roskilde (Duo) 🇩🇰17 May Mojo Blues Bar, Copenhagen (Duo) 🇩🇰18 May Blues Peer, Peer 🇧🇪31 May Halsnæs Bryghus, Hundested (Duo) 🇩🇰1 Jun Coisbar, Sorø (Duo) 🇩🇰13 Jun Bluesgarage Openair, Hannover 🇩🇪14 Jun Holland International Blues Festival, Grolloo 🇳🇱15 Jun Maximilian/JFK Syke, Syke 🇩🇪22 Jun Nidaros Blues Festival, Nidaros (Voodoo Saints) 🇳🇴6 Jul Solhällan, Löderup 🇸🇪8 Jul Mojo Blues Bar, Copenhagen (Trio) 🇩🇰11 Jul Den Røde Plads, Copenhagen 🇩🇰13 Jul Roxsa Festival, Bad Sülze 🇩🇪3 Aug Lundeborg Havn, Lundeborg 🇩🇰4 Aug Solhällan, Löderup (w. MNBB Malmø) 🇸🇪17 Aug Frank Festival, Torreperogil 🇪🇸23 Aug Ollerup Forsamlingshus, V. Skerninge 🇩🇰30 Aug Hell Blues Festival, Hell 🇳🇴31 Aug Foderstoffen, Ringe 🇩🇰5 Sept Casa V58, Aarhus (Duo) 🇩🇰6 Sept Karosserifabrikken, Helsingør 🇩🇰7 Sept Tisvilde Bio, Tisvilde (Duo) 🇩🇰14 Sept Bygningen/Crossroads, Vejle 🇩🇰19 Sept Blues Garage, Isernhagen 🇩🇪20 Sept Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg 🇩🇪21 Sept Bluesclub Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden 🇩🇪28 Sept Drantum Forsamlingshus, Brande 🇩🇰3 Oct Fjordglimt, Jyllinge (Duo) 🇩🇰4 Oct Fabrik, Hamburg 🇩🇪5 Oct Kulturbastion, Torgau 🇩🇪11 Oct TBA 🇬🇧12 Oct Pleasance Theatre/E. Blues Club, Edinburgh 🇬🇧13 Oct Carlisle Blues Festival, Carlisle 🇬🇧25 Oct Nysted Biograf, Nysted 🇩🇰26 Oct The Tivoli, Helsingborg 🇸🇪28 Oct Godset, Kolding (Voodoo Saints) 🇩🇰29 Oct Amager Bio, Copenhagen (Voodoo Saints) 🇩🇰30 Oct Borgerforeningen, Svendborg (Voodoo Saints) 🇩🇰31 Oct Tante Olga, Randers (Voodoo Saints) 🇩🇰1 Nov Dexter, Odense (Voodoo Saints) 🇩🇰2 Nov Fermaten, Herning (Voodoo Saints) 🇩🇰13 Nov Theaterstübchen, Kassel 🇩🇪14 Nov Freiburg Blues Festival, Freiburg 🇩🇪15 Nov Konservi, Seon 🇨🇭16 Nov Eintracht, Kirchberg 🇨🇭28 Nov Bielefelder Jazzclub, Bielefeld 🇩🇪29 Nov Harmonie, Bonn 🇩🇪30 Nov Scala, Ludwigsburg 🇩🇪6 Dec New Outbaix, Übach-Palenberg 🇩🇪7 Dec Bluesnote/Hypothalamus, Rheine 🇩🇪13. Dec Thisted (Duo) 🇩🇰14. Dec Elses Gab, Fanø (Duo) 🇩🇰28. Mar Pustervik, Göteborg 🇸🇪12. Apr Slagthuset, Malmö 🇸🇪🎟 Tickets / Karten => risager.info #blues #rock #guitars Stetson Europe Provogue Records Photo Christoffer Askman See MoreSee Less
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Releases

Come on in

Available on iTunes and Webshop

Available on iTunes and Webshop

Live at Victoria

Available on iTunes and Webshop

Here I Am

Available on iTunes and Webshop

From the Heart

Available on iTunes and Webshop

Blue 7

Available on iTunes and Webshop