“The blues are the roots, everything else is the fruits” -- Willie Dixon
Playing blues for more than 20 years in Greece and managing to stay “alive” is a hard work. Nevertheless, blues itself had to overcome barriers in order to survive through time. Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and the rest fathers of blues, inspired many musicians around the planet who dealt with this kind of music.
That is the case of Andreas Gomozias. He is possibly one of the most important Greek guitar players, as he combines blues with other musical styles as R’n’B, soul, rock and jazz. He has been playing guitar since 1980. He was a member of “Blues Family” and in 1993 he formed the blues band “Drifting Around”. What makes him special is his incredible self-taught musical technique and his communicative power as well as his numerous live performances. He has been associated with many Greek musicians and has opened concerts of Peter Green, Snowy White, Mick Taylor, John Mayall, Nine Below Zero, Nazareth, Paul Lamp, and Eric Sardina.
In the summer of 2008 along with Tasos Dritsos on bass and Christos Andrianos on drums he formed Blues Revenge. Nowadays Blue Revenge is one of the most important and active blues band of Greek blues scene. Although the band stays close to blues musical tradition, at the same time it also enriches this tradition with elements of other musical forms such as rock, soul and jazz, creating an interesting musical result.
Blues Revenge is a band that moves from electric Chicago blues to West Coast Jump blues and From British blues to New York Jazz blues. In live performances they usually play classic songs of artists like: Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Freddie King, BB King, Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, Albert King, Peter Green, Eric Clapton, Cream and many more as well as original songs.
The first BLUES REVENGE’s CD titled BLUES AIN’T MINOR and released in October 2012.
It is the result of a three-hour live recording in the studio. We chose to record live, without any preparation just as playing in a club, in order to reveal that the vividness, directness, and the interaction between the musicians required by this kind of music, is far more important that any sound perfection.
Special thanks to :
Our great friend and musician George Kontrafouris, for his participation in this recording, as well as Vangelis Kotzabasis, an exceptional young drummer. We also want to thank Kostas Tsiamertzis for offering his studio and Michalis Zissiou for sound processing. We also want to thank all those people who support us and join us in the clubs, where we perform our music.