Howlin Bill Rudolph_________________________________-------__Howlin' Bill release its new album HUNGRY -- 2014


It’s not easy to pin down a band like Howlin' Bill in a few words – it would not do them justice. They mainly perform original songs, with occasionally some carefully chosen covers thrown in the mix for good measure. The Howlin' Bill recipe is a blend of Blues, Rock 'n' Roll, Boogie and Rockabilly. This band travels the Blues Highway, but also dares to wander of the beaten path to explore little know back roads, visiting different styles of Rhythm ‘N' Roots along their journey. There is however always a common denominator present – every song on the set list possesses a high dose of “hip-shaking” content.

Howlin’ Bill has worked hard to achieve his musical goals; writing, recording and relentlessly playing in every nook and cranny of the Benelux countries. The band released their debut album “Cool It’” in 2003. Exceptionally well received by fans and media alike, it encouraged Bill and his cohorts to record the follow-up, entitled “Strike” in 2006. In 2009, during a sold-out concert at Belgium’s “Temple Of Rock,” venue, the “Ancienne Belgique,” Howlin’ Bill recorded an electrifying live album. That night, Howlin’ Bill became larger than live – quite a feat considering the man himself stands six feet five tall – on bare feet. This live album accurately documented an exhilarating performance of pumping roots-based Blues and Rock, with lyrics about good women gone bad, booze, worn-out shoes, and the trials and tribulations of romantic love – in short, the album featured sixteen songs about real life as most people know it.

And the band kept on touring: performing no less than three times at the Belgium Rhythm 'N' Blues Festival in Peer, playing at the Cahors Blues Festival, Terri’Thouars Blues Festival, Blues au Chateau and the Trieux Tonic Blues Festival in France, while in Sweden they were welcomed to perform at the Mönsterås Blues Fest, the Norrtälje Blues Fest, the Linköping Jazz & Blues Festival and the Åmål's Blues Fest. In Germany, Poland and Switzerland, they were respectively billed at the Blues in Lehrte Festival, the Jesien & Bluesem Festival, the Frauenfeld Blues and the Sierre Blues Festival. Howlin’ Bill was pronounced winner of the 1st European Blues Challenge in Berlin in March 2011 and was subsequently invited to perform at yet more prestigious festivals around Europe, including the Notodden Blues Festival in Norway, the Lucerne Blues Festival in Switzerland and the Blues sur Seine Festival in France. In celebration of their victory they released the 12” vinyl EP “Howl”, produced by Kai Strauss. The most recent album to date, entitled “Date With The Devil” was released in 2012 and was, once again, lauded by aficionados and critics alike.

In 2013, in view of achieving larger sales figures for future albums, Howlin’ Bill and Blues Boulevard Records decided to collaborate on the release of “Midnight Hero,” a two-disc compilation with disc one containing tracks culled from all three previous studio albums, as well as four tracks from the vinyl E.P. which were previously unreleased on compact disc, and disc two featuring the entire live album recorded at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels.

Celebrating his 15th anniversary as an entertainer pur sang on November 1, 2014, Howlin’ Bill and his bottomless deep voice and howlin’ harp continue to entertain and razzle-dazzle audiences everywhere. Backed by a rock solid rhythm section consisting of drummer Daddy T and bass player Walkin’ Winne, and with ace-guitar-player Little Jimmy completing the line-up, Bill is ready for the next 15 years...or more!

And now America beckons! The International Blues Challenge, a signature event of the Blues Foundation, will be held January 20–24, 2015 on Beale Street in Memphis, TN, turning the historic district into a four–day extravaganza for more than 120 Blues acts from around the world, including Howlin’ Bill from Belgium – who – you will remember, was the 2011 winner of the European Blues Challenge in Berlin, Germany. Howlin’ Bill’s performance in Memphis will follow closely on the heels of the Jan. 13 release of his brand-new album “Hungry.” issued on Blues Boulevard Records, distributed in the USA by MVD, out of Pottstown – PA.


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