Friday, July 19, 2024

Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado Band’s Already Gone

Danish roots-rocking octet Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado Band has a new single out through the Provogue/Mascot Label Group with ‘Already Gone’ and its accompanying official video.

It’s the band’s first new music since their 2022 album, Navigation Blues, and it drops as the band is sweeping their way across Europe, bringing their euphoric blend of blues’ n roll to the ears and eyes of The Black Tornado congregation

Talking about the song, Risager said, “’Already Gone’ is a classic Thorbjørn Risager & TBT blues rock track with some pretty solid guitar work from Joachim Svensmark. Fun fact: Joachim’s two solos are first takes, and there was no reason to give it another shot. The production and sound of the song are classic 1970s ZZ Top dry as hell and a tribute to one of the bands we might have been listening to the most over the years. It made a lot of sense to combine it with a cartoon strip lyric video with car chases searching for the girls that are already gone.”

At the Danish Grammys, Navigation Blues saw them pick up the Danish Blues Release of the Year as well as the Best Live Blues Band at the 2023 Danish Music Awards. They appeared live on Danish TV and were nominated for Best International Blues Artist at the 2022 UK Blues Awards and the B.B. King International Artist of the Year Award at the 2024 Canadian Maple Blues Awards, as well as featuring on numerous albums of the year polls.

Over the last 18 months, their ever-present tour bus, The Duke, has put in the hard miles as they’ve toured the continent, playing in 14 different countries as well as in the US and Canada, where they also played aboard a steamboat in Ontario. They appeared at various festivals and sold-out headline shows and were also one of the standout performers on the Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean Cruise.

It’s been twenty years since they released their debut album, Live 2004 and since then, they’ve picked up numerous awards and blazed a trail across the world, captivating crowds with their dynamic stage presence and a sound that fuses soul Chicago blues, boogie and rock ‘n’ roll with a voice where Ray Charles, Van Morrison and Billy Gibbons meet in the middle. They’ve opened for Bonnie Raitt, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Risager himself, sharing the stage with legends such as Buddy Guy and Robben Ford. They’ve even picked up a fan in Elwood Blues himself, Dan Aykroyd, who hailed their “Hot rhythm and blues”.

The band – featuring Risager (Vocal, acoustic & electric guitar), Emil Balsgaard (Piano, organ, Wurlitzer, clavinet, Farfisa, Joachim Svensmark (Electric& acoustic guitar, synthesiser, piano, viola, drums, percussion, glockenspiel, mandolin), Kasper Wagner (Alto sax, tenor Sax, baritone sax, flutes, clarinet), Hans Nybo (Tenor sax, bass clarinet), Peter W Kehl (Trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone, percussion), Søren Bøjgaard (Bass, Moog bass, baritone guitar, synthesiser, piano, percussion) and Martin Seidelin (Drums, percussion) –  continues to hit the road as they wind their way throughout Europe, calling through Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Spain, the UK, and Switzerland.

12 Oct – Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh
13 Oct – Carlisle Rock and Blues Festival

Check out the video to ‘Already Gone’ here at RAMzine.

Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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