Top Pick: Blues Club - Concerted Slovak blues talent

Blues fans in Bratislava have a rare opportunity to see some of the country's most talented players on the stage all at once. Blues Club is a Slovak blues band consisting of musicians who are all wed to other projects, but occasionally get together to create music that is a treat for even the most seasoned blues ear.
Established in 1998, the group plays slow, relaxed ballads, some soul, and of course the blues, all in their trademark laid-back style. Blues Club lyrics are written and sung by Juraj Turtev, the soul of the band with a lively and witty stage presence. Other core group members include harmonica player Erich Boboš Procházka (see review, page BCG I), vocalist Silvia Josifoska, Igor Sabo on drums and percussion, upright bassist Dušan Strapec, and guitarists Maťo Zajko and Stano Počkaj.
Band members say that they were influenced by American legends such as Keb' Mo, Big Bill Broonzy, J.B. Lenoir, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, and Slovak Ján Litecký Šveda.


Juraj Turtev, the lead singer of Blues Club, writes all the band's lyrics and leads them on stage.
photo:Courtesy Juraj Turtev

Blues fans in Bratislava have a rare opportunity to see some of the country's most talented players on the stage all at once. Blues Club is a Slovak blues band consisting of musicians who are all wed to other projects, but occasionally get together to create music that is a treat for even the most seasoned blues ear.

Established in 1998, the group plays slow, relaxed ballads, some soul, and of course the blues, all in their trademark laid-back style. Blues Club lyrics are written and sung by Juraj Turtev, the soul of the band with a lively and witty stage presence. Other core group members include harmonica player Erich Boboš Procházka (see review, page BCG I), vocalist Silvia Josifoska, Igor Sabo on drums and percussion, upright bassist Dušan Strapec, and guitarists Maťo Zajko and Stano Počkaj.

Band members say that they were influenced by American legends such as Keb' Mo, Big Bill Broonzy, J.B. Lenoir, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, and Slovak Ján Litecký Šveda.

But the land Down Under has also been cited as an influence. Turtev, a man of average build with dark, short cut hair and dark eyes, explains how his four-year stay in Australia often influences the group's lyrics. During his stay, he says, he became absorbed by the Australian and New Zealand blues communities, the openness of which allowed him to find his own writing voice.

The group also has a CD available called Kľud a piesok (Peace and Sand) which is available from most Slovak music stores.

Blues Club will perform August 24 in the Old Town at Aligátor pub on Laurinská 7, at 20:00. Admission is free.

Zuzana Habšudová

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