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address : Aultaghreagh , Dunmanway , County Cork , Ireland ( please note Ireland does not have any post/zip codes ! ).
TO HEAR LIVE TRACKS FROM LATEST CD CLICK THE 'LISTEN' PAGE.
Les Wilson is ENGLISH - born in Willenhall Staffordshire, England , now living in West Cork in Ireland.
YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD !
OXFORD - FAMOUS MONDAY BLUES 9th FEB 2009 - A lovely gig despite the BBC terrorist weather centre trying to deter people from attending ! ( the worst blizzard for ten years ? I don't think so ) Thanks to Philip for a great evening , and for the pics also .
XXL BLUES CLUB - WAGENINGEN - HOLLAND - SUNDAY 13 APRIL 2008 .
Les Wilson is without doubt one of the UK's best blues guitarists , and a fine singer too Having established the Houserockers in 1981 , the band is well known in the UK and Europe, and has enjoyed 3 headline spots at the British Blues Festival at Colne . The Houserockers perform frequently in Holland and Belgium - for example headlining the Drijf-In blues festival - Giethoorn in Holland August 2005 & the Luxembourg Jazz & Blues festival 2004 and the t'Eiland Blues Festival at Oudenaarde/Belgium July 2006. 2007 saw the UK Banbury Blues festival in March . In 2008 there were 4 visits to Belgium/Holland with a blues festival at Zelzate, Belgium in August and the Koekelare Lettens Blues festival for October in Belgium .
Les is one of the great slide guitarists in the high-energy style of George Thorogood /Hound Dog Taylor /Elmore James/Sonny Landreth - without the slide its Buddy Guy/Son Seals/ BB.King , Albert King/ The Fabulous Thunderbirds and much more . Les also prides himself on excellent and wide-ranging choice of material - this is definitely not your average blues band .
Houserockers by name - Houserockers by nature !
- with several tracks being picked up by major label blues compilation albums. Walk into any store - you will surely find Les Wilson on at least one compilation album in the blues rack - go on , take a look !
Famous tracks - A masterful re-working of Albert King's ' I'll Play The Blues For You ' has made friends for Les Wilson right around the world ( see the reviews page ), an equal high spot in the set is Buddy Guys 'Damn Right I Got The Blues ' - and a Houserockers show just wouldn't be complete without a sweat drenched , nuclear powered ' Madison Blues ' . There is something about the way Les plays that slide !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Many a famous name has been completely blown away trying to follow the staggering energy and virtuosity of Les Wilson.
You can hear all 3 of these tracks ( and others ) in by clicking onthe 'LISTEN ' page .
PREVIOUS ALBUM - RECORDED 'LIVE' AT ALREWAS VILLAGE HALL - PROFESSIONALLY recorded as part of Les' 50th birthday celebrations . Now available - see CD's page to order. IN FABULOUS SOUND QUALITY !
' ROCK AWAY THOSE BLUES ' RLCD102 - over 70 mins and 14 tracks it features hot slide favourites 'New Boogie' & Just Can't Make It ' - alongside emotionally charged songs such as 'Feels Like Rain' and Norah Jones ' What Am I To You ' . BB King's ' When It All Comes Down ' is a standout track ( click ' LISTEN ' to hear this one in full ) , and an unusual one is Dylan's 'Don't Think Twice' which sounds a natural blues song . Plus many , many more ................................
PREVIOUS ALBUM RELEASED 5TH OCTOBER 2004 - ' Slide It On Over ' RLCD101 issued on the Red Lightnin label - over 75 minutes & 17 tracks - half are Les Wilson originals. This is the 6th Les Wilson album - and some features are :- two Fabulous Thunderbirds songs here - ' Why Get Up ' and ' Look at That ' ( live show favourites ) , hear also - a great version of Sonny Landreth's ' Bayou Teche ' , click ' LISTEN ' to hear this one too!
- and check out a storming take of Hound Dog's ' Gimme Back My Wig ' , - along with one or two surprises such as ' San Diego Serenade ' from Tom Waits.
REVIEW OF ' SLIDE IT ON OVER ' - in Blues Revue - USA's premier blues magazine - April/May 2005 issue .....................................
" The 6th album from a UK guitar veteran ....yields great listening. Les Wilson & the Mighty Houserockers are known for crashing , Hound Dog Taylor inspired raveups - and they don't disappoint here , with rowdy readings of Taylor's 'Gimme Back My Wig' and Hank Williams' 'Move it On Over' . Wilson's compositions expand the playing field , with Otis Redding - approved deep soul ballads ( 'We Still Got Time' ) , roots rock ( 'I Got It Made' ) , power blues anthems ( 'Iknow What I'm Doing' ) and funky blues ( 'Chicken Banana & 'Baby Please' ) . Cover choices - Fabulous Thunderbirds , Sonny Landreth , Tom Waits , further broaden the horizons. Even when Wilson plays hard , the Houserockers keep the music firmly rooted in blues. "