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Pre-order “Been Gone Too Long” and get free shipping!

– Pre-order before January 26:th and get free shipping (worldwide) ! –

We are proud to present the new album by Chris Ruest, a resident of Austin, TX that is a true Bluesman, always on the road and always pursuing the spirit of the Blues.

This platter is Jam-packed with 13 Rockin’ Blues blasters that you will not want to miss out on!

Pre-order album –> HERE

Watch album trailer –> HERE

Featuring: Gene Taylor, Billy Bremner, Knock-Out Greg, Marti Brom, John Lindberg, Wes Race, Christian Dozzler and more….

 

In 1999, Chris Ruest moved from the northeastern United States to Texas, where he soon began working with the top talent in Dallas and Austin, and cultivated solid connections to Texas blues and rock and roll history through friendships with Sam Myers and Ray Sharpe. Since 2005, the Texas-based artist has released three solo CDs, featuring performers including Hash Brown, Nick Curran, Preston Hubbard, Ronnie James, and Kaz Kazanoff. Those albums, and his contributions to the all-star group Texas Cannonballs, reveal one of the strongest, most original voices in contemporary blues and roots rock. In 2017, Ruest recorded the impressively real and raw blues project It’s Too Late Now, with a trio rounded out by the storied Gene Taylor on piano and Brian Fahey (The Paladins) on drums.

 

Been Gone Too Long is Chris Ruest’s first truly international project. The new album taps into the rich network of connections the guitarist-singer-songwriter developed during his many tours of Europe, where he has played frequently as a headliner, with the Cannonballs, and as part of a revue paying tribute to the late Gary Primich. Three years ago, Enviken Records’ owner Patrik Staffansson attended one of Ruest’s shows in the company of American country-rockabilly songstress Marti Brom and her Swedish touring band. Ruest remembers that Staffansson “asked me if I’d be interested in playing on a few Marti Brom tracks” at his studio. During that session, Staffansson saw potential in cutting a record with Ruest.

 

Fast forward to 2017 and another trip to Sweden, when Staffansson brought Ruest together again with Mattias Hyttsten (drums) and Peter Fröbom (bass). “They are a great rockabilly backing band, with an almost Howlin’ Wolf feel. I geared a few songs toward that and just let the guys play what they felt, and they kicked ass. They are big fans of Nick Curran and my CDs, so they knew the style and sounds I was looking for.” The fabulous piano playing belongs to the storied Gene Taylor, a citizen of the world. Among the other musicians on Been Gone Too Long is Knock Out Greg, one of Sweden’s premier bandleaders and a touring partner of Ruest’s from the Primich tribute, on harp. Austrian native Christian Dozzler, a longtime Texas resident and friend of Ruest’s, plays accordion on the Gulf Coast-style rocker, “Henhouse To The Doghouse.” If “Henhouse” sounds a bit like a lost Rockpile tune, it’s because Billy Bremner plays guitar on it. (Ruest met the Scottish great at the band house maintained by his Swedish promoter.) Marti Brom, who happened to be in the studio, blows the top off of the Jimmy Reed-inspired “Get Your Mind Out Of That Gutter,”, John Lindberg one of Swedens premiere Rockabillies whom is a regular at the Enviken Studio dropped by and layed down some real cool guitar on ”Nobody Cares” and even a bassline on the aforementioned ”Henhouse” and Wes Race, Fort Worth, Texas’s preeminent hipster, raps over the funky grind of “Jivetalk.”

 

Been Gone Too Long extends Ruest’s winning formula for making outstanding blues records: Guitar playing that ranges from savage to sophisticated, honest vocals, and a lockstep connection with the band that gives the set power, finesse, and a fine-tuned dynamic range. The program offers a couple of fresh covers–Guitar Slim’s “Sufferin’ Mind,” reimagined as an intense Elmore James number, and Arthur Alexander’s timeless “The Girl That Radiates That Charm”–and a host of incisive original songs: the swinging “Real Proud Papa”; “Too Cool For School,” with its big, Bo Diddley beat; the Latin-tinged “Nobody Cares”; the Wolf-like stomp “I’m Going Home”; the rocking “I Quit”; “Can’t Take No More” and “True Found Baby,” which acknowledge B.B. King’s early sides; and the slow drag of the title track. The essence of blues tradition past, present, and future, is in good hands with Chris Ruest.

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Tom Hyslop

Contributing Editor, Blues Music Magazine.

 

Chris Ruest on tour in Europe!

Texas Bluesman Chris Ruest is not only on the way to release his new album “Been Gone Too Long” (Release January 26:th) here on Enviken Records, he is also on tour in France, Belgium and Zwitzerland this January!

Pre-order album HERE

Be shure too catch him if you can and it is a big chance that you can pick up the new album from him at the shows ahead of release date!

The Domestic Bumblebees on 7″ vinyl!

Last week I got back from the Spanish festival High Rockabilly and I brought a new cool 45rpm by The Domestic Bumblebees with me back home!

 

It was a pleasure both to attend and perform at this great festival again, I sure hope it wasn’t the last time.

Ten years ago The Domestic Bumblebees made a huge succéss at one of the festivals afternoon beach party gigs, they repeated that succéss this year as they made the tent at the beach almost explode!

In conjunction to this gig we recieved a brand new vinyl 7” by The Domestic Bumblebees.

This 7” was released during the festival by our friends at the Spanish label Sleazy Records.

It contains two songs from their latest album ”Cheater”: Mathilda & Summer Nights.

A limited edition of 500 copies is made and there’ll be no re-press.

We got some copies with us back home and they are now available in our webshop here.

But beware, when they are gone, they are gone…..

Get your copy here!

If you get our newsletter make sure to check your inbox as you got a cool offer for this platter waiting there 😉

New JLT-merch in stock!

Yes, just in time for summer!

New cool Tank-Top’s, Hoodie’s, T-Shirt’s and College Jacket’s.

 

Yep! The webshop is loaded with new JLT merch!

You can get them directly from JLT at their gigs off course but if you ain’t got the possibility to catch them live in the near future it might be wise to place an order.
We won’t be making big quantities off these and we see that these items are moving fast at the band’s gigs.
Make sure to show the world that it comes “Straight From The Heart”.

Check them out here!

This gang is so good and Harmonica Sam is part of the Enviken family.

No, you’re right this is not an Enviken Records release but as Harmonica Sam is part of the Enviken family ever since we released his first album “Rocker #1” we felt that we need to support the man!

And as it ain’t that easy to ge a hold of these releases here in Sweden it’s a no-brainer really!

Well, it really doesnt matter where you live, if we can help spread the word to every corner of the planet than it’s just great!

These fellers delivers some of the best Honky Tonkin’ Country tunes I’ve heard in decades. They just make me proud being a Swede!

The new album from “The Country Side Of Harmonica Sam” called “A Drink After Midnight” will be in stock at the end of next week if the postal services keep their schedules. Hopefully no later than the 12:th of May, will ship sooner if possible!

It will be available on both Vinyl and CD and you can pre-order it in our webshop now.

And while we’re at it we will also stock some copies of their previous album “Open Letter To The Blues”

It is also available on both Vinyl & CD.

Now check out what Dale Watson says!

“Friends, and that’s what we are in this musical family in search of honest songs sung by honest singers backed by honest musicians. The Country Side of Harmonica Sam are honestly that REAL HONEST MUSIC.

I first became aware of them through the nominations for Honky Tonk Band for The Ameripolitan Awards. I loved their music from the get go, but the awards are only for Ameripolitan fans to decide.

Well, they agreed with me and now the band is certainly a major part of the Ameripolitan Family, Original Music with Prominent Roots Influence.

Harmonica Sams vocals on True Lies are reminiscent of Webb Pierce crossed with Wynn Stewart. The band is tight and confident and settle around Sam’s vocals like warm whiskey. Their originals are such natural progressions, drawn directly from their musical influences, yet obviously make their own individual sound and style.

That’s HONEST. So sit back and get ready to take a musical journey reminiscent of yesterday and straight into the very bright future of….. The Country Side Of Harmonica Sam”  // Dale Watson

Once again, I’m proud to offer this music to you folks, some of you may not like Country music but that’s just the way it is, we all have our musical preferances but if I can make only one of you discover a new favourite artist than I’m happy!

Get them here!

 

Ed Cavin & The Blue Kings won first prize!

Congratulations to Ed Cavin & The Blue Kings!

It seems that these youngsters are on the right path.

They got the chance to enter the competition for best Rockabilly act at the annual Swedish Country Awards as another band was unable to participate just a few weeks prior to the the event.

And apparantly the audience liked what they heard as the band won the first prize and definetly became “the talk of the town”.

As stated in the article below “It’s been a great experience and we’re thrilled that we actually won. We just came here to have fun as it is hard to compete within music, everybody got a different taste ” – says the drummer Olle Back.

“We’re kinda primitive and play from our hearts, we like Rockabilly the way it was done in the 50’s” says singer Emil Staffansson aka Ed Cavin.

We’re truly looking forward to follow this band and see what the future may hold for them.

The weekender was a huge succes according to the organizers and it also had another Enviken artist on the bill as John Lindberg Trio headlined on Friday night.

Read article here, also featuring a short clip from their show:  http://www.dt.se/dalarna/malung-salen/rock-a-billy-som-fick-hogis-att-gunga-nar-country-sm-avgjordes

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