St. Louis Blues

This post, again, deals with Levant Tinaz’s Challenge to post ten album covers in 10 days. They’re supposed to represent major influences in my musical tastes…

I guess I’m slow. This is the second post in 158 days… 79 times too slow?!?!?

Well, it’s people and places which formed my musical heart. This post is about a bar named “Soldanella“, in the town I grow up in. The place used to stand about a hundred feet upstream, across the river from my parents place. A bridge downstream would let me reach the club in less than 5 minutes.

The place had live music every single night for years. Foreign bands would play there on monthly contracts. Members of our band Chinook would visit there in the late 70’s and early 80’s to hang out after rehearsals, or when other watering holes in town were closed already.

This is where I spent tons of time with the “old” blues musicians who might appear later on in this post series. There was Benno, who taught me all kinds of things about that Stones guitar player. There was Tino (keys), who still plays with popular blues bands in the area, and, of course Kurt, who still is Mr. Blues himself, performing in various combinations all over the country… I wont even mention the rock, blues, soul and pop professionals who performed there frequently…

The main Bartender of the Soldanella is retired these days and is busy promoting local cultural events on social media. same as 40 years ago, he still knows what’s going on…

And the owner of the Club was called Louis… I’m almost certain that he’s not a saint… My latest German rendition of an old song is dedicated to him…

I don’t know much about the “Blues“. If there’s anything I know, it comes from that time, in the early 80’s, when I spent way too much time in low places, where I met amazing and passionate people who are still immersed in music…

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