GREG & BLUE WEATHER
In December '95, after spending 150 to 200 days/year on the road for the last three years, the Swedish independent label Last Buzz Records decided to release the bands first CD called Blues Disease (Buzz 8004) which received a great reception. This session contains 13 tracks of which 6 are originals. 'Got my shades on' and 'My habits changed' are specially written for this CD by legendary bluesman Sven Zetterberg and the title-track 'Blues Disease' is an old obscure tune from the fifties by Tiny Kennedy.
One week in december '96 the band was in Chicago and recorded their second album 'Doin Alright". Producer was Lynnwood Slim and engineer Jerry Hall. The studio was the legendary Delmark Studios. A big thanks to Nick Moss and Bob Koester!
In April '98, the third CD was released. It's called "7 - 8 - 9 - 10 & OUT" and a hornsection is playing on some of the songs! Check it out!
KnockOut Greg & BLUE WEATHER have played at all major scandinavian festivals such as: Notodden Bluesfestival '94 and '97 (Norway), Stockholm Jazz & Bluesfestival '94, Mönsterås Bluesfestival '95, Åmåls Bluesfestival '95, Molde Bluesfestival '96 (Norway), Hell Bluesfestival '98 (Norway), Utrecht Bluesfestival '97 (Holland), Eccausinnes Bluesfestival '99 (Belgium), Blues Session Bluesfestival in Luzern '99 (Switzerland).
The band has also been hired to back up great players like Homesick James, Johnny Mars and Lynwood Slim among others.
Mike was introduced to former Chicken Shack, Savoy Brown and Steve Gibbons multi-instrumentalist Andy Silvester by Led Zeppelins Robert Plant, which led to the founding of the Big Town Playboys in 1984, specialising in authentic post-war Rhythm & Blues.
Mikes indelible image as a frenetic frontman, pumping powerful boogie-woogie from the piano in a soaking red suit, has won him fans from all over the world and attracted a following from many famous rock and blues legends who have lined up to work with him.
Procol Harum pianist Gary Brooker became an early fan and introduced Mike to his friends Eric Clapton and Amen Corners Andy Fairweather Low. The latter signed up as guitarist with the Big Town Playboys for two years in the nineties. Fleetwood Macs Mick Fleetwood is another good friend who regularly involves Mike in his plans wherever possible.
Mike recorded a number of successful records with the Big Town Playboys, including the classic rockabilly album Crazy Legs with guitar great Jeff Beck in 1993. Mikes guested on several other significant recordings, including the first two albums by former Rolling Stone Bill Wymans Rhythm Kings, and cut two solo albums where he played most of the instruments himself.
Mikes forte will always remain his live audiences. Hes had various stints opening for Eric Clapton at Londons Royal Albert Hall and appeared at many European festivals, backing bluesmen like Lowell Fulson, Don & Dewey, Joe Hughes, Jimmy Nelson, Carey Bell and Little Willie Littlefield. In addition, Mike is currently planning the Mike Sanchez Rhythm and Blues Revue, a Johnny Otis 50s style show with a variety of rockin artists taking part.
Mike has a brand new album Blue Boy due for release, featuring his band with a collection of timeless ass-kicking Rock n Roll and Rhythm & Blues favourites which every Mike Sanchez fan will be proud to own.
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