Baker - harmonica, vocals
Three leading figures on today's European blues scene return to their roots, creating an astonishingly contemporary and individual fusion of acoustic blues styles from the 20s to the 50s. Their exciting nterpretations of obscure blues classics and original compositions have been rapturously received by audiences at top clubs in Germany and Holland, and underline their commitment to this music in all of its diversity and vitality. Country blues, rhythm & blues, good rockin' blues and swing, played with feeling, virtuosity, humour and decades of experience.
Harmonica guru STEVE BAKER was born and raised in London, England, and now lives near Hamburg, Germany. He took up the harp in 1969 and has been a full-time professional since 1975. Today he is undoubtedly one of the leading blues harmonica players on the European scene, and indeed one of the finest exponents of this instrument in the world. His unique style is a exciting fusion of traditional blues elements with innovative melodic ideas and showcases his mastery of dynamics and tone. In addition to frequent live duo appearances with Hamburg's blues legend Abi Wallenstein and singer/guitarist extraordinaire Chris Jones (with whom he has toured successfully in Australia, Belgium, Germany, Holland, the USA and Russia), Steve gives regular harmonica workshops and is also much in demand as a session musician. He has been Hohner's international consultant for diatonic harmonicas for over ten years and is the author of "The Harp Handbook", acclaimed as the most comprehensive work on the diatonic harp published to date. In 1998 he published the first harmonica tuition CD-ROM.
ANGELA ALTIERI hails from Florida USA and was formerly known by her stage name Flo Mingo. She has been described as the "Queen of the washboard" by no less than blues veteran Eddie Boyd, and has played and sung professionally since 1979. Renowned for her spirited vocals, graceful movements and powerful stage presence, she underpins the music with a solid rhythmic groove. In addition to playing in the United States she has performed at clubs and festivals in numerous European countries as well as appearing on TV and radio. She was a founder member of the popular blues-comedy trio "The Silver King Band" featuring harp player Rock Bottom and pianist Barry Cuda, with whom she toured extensively for many years. Angela has also shared the stage with such luminaries as Johnny Shines, Sam Myers, Jimmy Vaughan or Axel Zwingenberger. Now she has combined her considerable talents with Steve Baker and Dick Bird to form the Mudsliders.
BIRD was born in London and originally came to Germany with Steve
in the mid-70s as a member of the legendary jugband "Have Mercy".
Today he is one of the finest exponents of country blues and slide guitar
in Europe. His masterful fingerpicking technique combines precision, energy
and feeling to span a wide variety of styles ranging from ragtime to rhythm
& blues and even beyond, to include more modern influences. He is
also an excellent singer, and his expressive, bluesy voice shares the
lead vocals in the Mudsliders with Angela. Dick has worked with an impressive
array of artists including vocalist Inga Rumpf, singer/songwriter Pe Werner,
Burkhardt Brozat (songwriter for pop star Peter Maffay), the Charly Schreckschuss
Band and many others. He was a founder member of R&B band B-Sharp
and also performs as a soloist. Whether alone or in a group situation,
his powerful playing on guitar, National or mandolin always bears an unmistakeable
stamp of authority.
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