"The hottest act on the European Blues circuit."

Over the years, prolific Danish blues band Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado has received numerous awards, played in more than 21 countries and recorded an impressive 10 albums.

Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado – I'm Not Giving in
Band members: Vocal/guitar: Thorbjørn Risager, Keys/piano: Emil Balsgaard, Guitar/backing vocals: Peter Skjerning, Sax: Kasper Wagner/Hans Nybo, Trumpet/ backing vocals: Peter Kehl, Bass: Søren Bøjgaard
Appears on: DALI CD Vol. 5

In 2003, Thorbjørn Risager formed Thorbjørn Risager Blue 7 with a dedicated group of handpicked musicians. Then in 2014, they changed their name to Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado and set their sights on greater things.

The release of their second album in 2006 really attracted media attention. They were declared the 'next big name in blues' by the well-respected US publication, BluesWax.

Ten years on, they are still 'the hottest act on the European Blues circuit' according to record label owner, Tom Ruf. This is quite an achievement in an industry where artists are typically only as hot as their latest release.

The key to their success? Hard work! Playing 100 gigs per year across over 21 countries, while releasing 10 albums in only 12 years, with no sign of slowing down. That's dedication. In the words of the British magazine Blues And Soul: "If Thorbjørn Risager had been part of the American blues scene in the '50s and '60s, he would surely be a legend today."


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