A TRANSATLANTIC BLUES SUMMIT - Hans Theessink & Terry Evans are both legendary performers in their own right.
HANS is probably Europe's no 1 blues export, with 20 albums, a DVD
and a guitar instruction DVD to his name - constantly on tour and delighting audiences around the world with his rich and emotional sounds.
TERRY has done several albums under his own name and has a long working relationship with Ry Cooder as a backing singer. Terry's voice is pure "Mississippi Magic" - the real deal and one of the most soulful voices in the business.
Both bluesmen have worked together in the past and for years had a vision of combining forces for a stripped down duo recording. In
December 2007 they got together in L.A. to do just that. Within 2 days they recorded a soulful album of original songs and soul-blues-classics. The album has an intimate feel and obviously Hans & Terry were having a great time making music together.
Both Hans and Terry have a reputation for superb recordings and VISIONS will once again delight even the most discerning hi-fi fan with a fantastic sonic experience.
Hans Theessink & Terry Evans - 2 musical heavyweights at the top of their art - VISIONS
Phil Bloch (percussion)
Richard Thompson (electric guitar)
Bo Diddley (spoken comment)
Visions brings together two deep blues voices. Hans Theessink, one of Europe’s most respected keepers of the genre, and Terry Evans, whose music carries the heritage of his Mississippi ancestors, connect here like
soul mates united by music. The pairing of Theessink's deep, emotive baritone with Evans’ gospel-colored tenor makes this record one of the year’s best acoustic outings. Blues Revue (USA) December/January 2009
“Visions” will blow your sonic socks off. Living Sound (NZ)
Theessink’s lazy baritone (think a deeper Mark Knopfler) and Evans’ extraordinarily soulful gospel tones are tailor made to blend together with spine-tingling results. Properganda (UK)
Hans Theessink and Terry Evans are both on my list of the coolest voices I have ever heard in blues. Together, they have created a killer blues/vocal record! - as real and deep as the blues gets. An acoustic blues album of the year and you can quote me on that, the highest rank! Przemek Draheim, radio presenter (PL) 2008.04
Obviously, this is a dream combination and how could it fail? It doesn’t! Dutch-born Hans Theessink has long enjoyed a formidable reputation for making intelligent, soulful blues and roots music, and those who only know Mississippian Terry Evans for his sublime contributions to Ry Cooder’s music have been missing out on some of the most soulful music of the last couple of decades! BluesArt (A),
Recorded in Los Angeles, this beautiful set presents the two vocalists with their remarkable voices in a stripped-down situation. Just two guitars, and two voices. And this works very well, indeed. Great release, soulful and profound. Recommended!!
A trans-Atlantic blues summit - just under an hour of cool, harmonious grooves.
To call its relaxed ambience laid back would be an understatement. Completely unadorned, their acoustic takes on standards and originals are hushed and soul-soothing. Rhythms (AUS),
This is what blues is all about!! Rootsville (B)
Absolutely beautiful, bringing Terry on board was a stroke of genius. The melting of Hans' and Terry's voices is truly rare beauty. Al Jonusas, radio presenter, Keepin' it Blue, WRHC 106.7 FM (USA)
Hans Theessink is every bit as much a blues/soul man as Terry Evans. You have almost certainly heard Terry, even if you do not know his name. He’s sung back-up on countless albums; most famously for Ry Cooder. Ry long ago opined that Terry was even better as ‘front man’. Hans is a fine singer and superb guitarist, Terry a superb singer and capable guitarist. Visions fulfils a dream long-shared by friends and mutual admirers - to make a stripped-down, ‘2 voices and 2 guitars’ album. It’s warm, relaxed and beautifully recorded. ABC, Australia, Doug Spencer, The Planet (Nov.1st 2008)
In the stripped back world of VISIONS – a stunning mix of originals and classics – the respective strengths of both men shine through. From first note to last this is pure blues magic. Bo Diddley declares: “I just love that feel” and that sums up VISIONS perfectly. This is all about the feel that Theessink and Evans create. The darkness of Evans’ Mississippi marinated blues are perfectly complemented by Theessink’s rawer-edged urban feel. This is a marriage not made in heaven but the pair were made for each other. The zenith of Theessink and Evans’ brilliance comes with their version of At The Dark End Of The Street, a song that is lovingly etched into the mind of any music lover now sounds as if it’s rising slowly from the bowels of hell, the intensity of it is bone-chilling.
Hans Theessink and Terry Evans have nothing to prove so it should come as little surprise that there are riffs and vocal moments on VISIONS that will stop you in your tracks. However, not even those moments prepare you for what the duo extract from the likes of Got To Keep Moving, Vicksburg Is My Home and Trouble In Mind, listen and admire. maverick magazine (UK)
The guys get into a great groove on Willie Dixon's 'You Can't Judge a Book By Its Cover' with appreciative comments by Bo Diddley (RIP) in the background. I've very much enjoyed listening to this album on my summer vacation and, while there is always a serious edge to Theessink's music, there are also many light hearted moments such as an exuberant 'Glory of Love' which shows what fun they must have had making 'Visions'. Praise also for the sonic quality of the recording and for producing an album you could play in any company! Highly recommended. Blues In The South (UK) September 2008
Everybody who knows the pedigree of these musicians, knows what they are capable to do. ‘Visions’ meets all expectations. Theessink as well as Evans are blessed with warm, dark voices. Hans sings tight and Terry rather loose and this is a very pleasant combination to listen to. All in all a constant, great CD, which will especially suit the admirers of more sedate music. As soon as I hear this music I want to sit down and listen to it, while enjoying a good glass of red wine. A beautiful record it is. Bobtje Blues (B) October 2008
1 Going Back Home
2 Talk to Your Daughter
4 Mother Earth
5 Got to Keep Moving
6 Let the Four Winds Blow
7 Vicksburg Is My Home
8 Glory of Love
9 Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You
10 At the Dark End of the Street
11 You Can't Judge a Book By the Cover
12 Trouble in Mind
13 Come to the River
About Hans Theessink & Terry Evans
We've already had an American in Paris, but a Dutchman in Vienna? And one who has dedicated himself, body and soul, to American blues and roots music? Okay, Hans Theessink (pronounced Tay-sink) did not pick the easiest way to do this, but he has done so with a certain degree of single-mindedness.
Like others of his generation, in the early 1960‘s a love of the Blues took hold of the man whom Bo Diddley described as "one helluva guitar player", and it has not let go since. Above all, the country blues with its earthy and heartfelt sound impressed Hans Theessink and played a major role in his development as a musician. His roots are
unmistakably in the blues, but has also been influenced by countless other aspects of roots music. This musical variety has become a trademark of Hans Theessink, who as a songwriter has succeeded in building bridges to the present in addressing issues which reflect the reality of the here and now.
Hans is probably Europe's blues export Nr.1 - one of the top blues and roots musicians worldwide who has entertained audiences around the globe during a musical career that spans over more than 35 years. The world's leading
blues paper - US magazine Blues Revue wrote: "Hans Theessink is an international blues treasure. He is one of the world's pre-eminent country pickers and his warm baritone expresses blues".
Theessink's first recording was an EP in 1970. Since then his music has continually developed and so far Hans has released 20 albums, a songbook, a blues-guitar instruction video and a DVD. His CDs are guaranteed award winners. "Banjoman", the tribute project to Derroll Adams, that Hans produced with Arlo Guthrie, was recently nominated for a Grammy.
In 2004 Hans got the Austrian Amadeus award for "Songs from the Southland", a tribute to the music of the American South - a constant source of inspiration and companion on his musical journey. A Danish Music Award for best
blues album followed in 2005. His most recent CD "Bridges" - a recording with the new Hans Theessink Band, is again nominated for the Amadeus in the category best Blues-, Jazz-, Roots-, Folk-album. Hans' latest work is a DVD "Live in Concert" - "A Blues & Roots Revue" - it shows the Hans Theessink Band in action + lots of other special features. Hans' productions are known for their excellent sound quality and are also in big demand in HiFi circles.
Through his unmistakable guitar work, sonorous baritone voice and stage presence, Hans has attained a status which is unique for a European. He has performed at many of the most prominent North American music festivals such as the "New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival", the "Chicago Blues Festival", the "Kerville Folk Festival", the "Toronto Soul & Blues Festival", the "Kansas City Blues & Jazz Festival", the "Edmonton Folk Festival", the "St.Louis Blues & Heritage Festival", the "King Biscuit Blues Festival", the "Woody Guthrie Festival" and the "Ultimate Rhythm and Blues Cruise" to name a few.
Hans Theessink has become one of the most sought-after artists of the international blues scene. He is more or less constantly "on tour" and plays an average of 200 concerts a year - a modern day troubadour and entertainer who keeps on spellbinding audiences all over the world with his rich and emotional sounds.
His musical journey began in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in the heart of the Delta, where he was born. He was in the church choir as a young person and used to sing tenor, baritone and bass. He jokes that he wasn't allowed to sing the "rough stuff" like rock and roll in those days and that he was only allowed to sing gospel. He'd have to "slip away" to sing secular songs. Terry secretly listened to people like Elmore James, Little Walter, Albert King and B.B. King, to name a few. It was then that he decided he wanted be a soul singer.
In the sixties, Terry worked with an a cappella group called The Knights, touring throughout the South in clubs and juke joints. From there Terry was lured to the west coast where he first picked up the guitar, started writing music and soon became a prolific songwriter. Pops Staples as well as the late, great Louis Jordan (among others) have recorded his songs.
Long before Terry made his first recording fronting his own band, music fans were probably well acquainted with his amazing voice. For years, the soulful singer was one of Los Angeles' foremost session vocalists, receiving a gold record for his work on John Fogarty's "Eye of the Zombie" and recording with Ry Cooder, Joan Armatrading, John Lee Hooker, Boz Scaggs, Maria Muldaur, Pops Staples, and many other well respected artists.
He teamed up with singer Bobby King in the early seventies; they toured as a duo, appearing at many prestigious clubs and festivals. In 1976 when Ry Cooder was looking for background singers, Bobby King recommended Terry. Their distinctive voices became a feature of several of Ry's critically acclaimed albums, including "Chicken Skin Music," "Get Rhythm," "Show Time," and "Slide Area." Bobby and Terry were still touring as a duo during this time. Terry sang lead vocal on "Down in Mississippi" on the "Crossroads" movie soundtrack album, with Ry singing the title song. In the actual film, Terry sings the title song. Terry toured with Ry Cooder throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan and credits Ry for being a great inspiration to him in his musical efforts since being in California.
In addition to his work with other artists, Terry recorded two albums with Bobby King, as well as eight of his own. He is now touring with his own band, and is recording a new CD for 2008.
Ry Cooder has said that he always thought that his long time singer, Terry Evans, made a better "front man." To see him perform is to understand why. Terry is one of the most dynamic soul and blues singers performing today, writing and singing about all aspects of human emotion, and creating a connection with his audience in the process.