the Blues have lost one of its greatest talents. The american was noticed by more and more, not least in Norway - first and foremost, for a voice that had an unusually large register, but also for his guitar playing. Where many interpreters soullåter, he goes in the one with them. Ledbetter died at his home in Elgin, Illinois on Monday. The cause of death is not known.
It is always sad when the pioneers, those who created the blues, go to sleep after a long life. It is life time, and bluesmijøet have lost many of them the last few years. It is enough to mention such names as B. B. King and Chicago-the bluesens great star Otis Rush.
It becomes very wrong when one of them would take over being torn away at such a young age.
a born in Illinois, it was natural to orient themselves in the direction of Chicago and the special style that was created by Muddy Waters and continued by the Rush.
With a relative by the name of Huddie Ledbetter, more commonly known as Leadbelly, was it natural for young Mike to relate to the blues. 25 years old, he was picked up by Nick Moss, and he was in his band for almost seven years before he and "Monster" Mike Welch teamed up and called themselves The Welch Ledbetter Connection. The debut album "Right Place, Right Time" (2017) and the band is nominated for a number of awards at the Blues Music Awards 2018 in Memphis in may, including this year's album of the year and band. Ledbetter was performed during the International Blues Challenge same place this week. A brilliant career was only just in time.
First time the undersigned had the pleasure to hear and meet this unusually attentive and sympathetic new blueskjempen (he was a bodybuilder!), was at the Dark Season Blues festival in Svalbard in 2012. He was a fresh member of the Nick Moss Band, and stole the many ways the show.
We heard of him was turned out of his amazing voice, the great stemmeregisteret and, not least, his charisma and vennlioge deal of restraint. When I asked if he, with his great voice, had not more desire on a solo career, he replied that he was very happy to be a sideman.
It happens when these types of appear to be that they are embraced by the Norwegian bluesfamilien. They pressed him to her breast and he quickly became a regular feature at clubs and festivals, first with Moss and later with Welch.
Notodden Blues Festival had The Welch Ledbetter Connection of the poster in both 2017 and 2018. When they visited the Nidaros Blues in Trondheim in the year, there was no one who was surprised that just Welch and Ledbetter generously gave the young british talent Toby Lee the opportunity to shine together with them on stage. Young Toby enjoyed it and thanks for the confidence with a sparkling solo.
his fellow band member Mike Welch posted this on the Ledbetters Facebook page: "I don't know how I can comfort all of you who mourn and have it just as bad as me. The only thing I can give you is our music", he writes and lays out a sound recording from .one of the last things they did in the studio. His music lives on.