Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado

Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado is a blues band, which was formed more than a decade ago. Over the years, the band has received awards, played in more than 21 different countries and recorded 10 albums.

Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado – I’m Not Giving in (Thorbjørn Risager)

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, Drums, backing vocals: Martin Seidelin, Backing vocals: Susanne Ørum.

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In 2003, Thorbjørn Risager formed the Thorbjørn Risager Blue 7 with a dedicated group of handpicked musicians. In 2014, they became Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado and turned their expectations up a notch.

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 you are usually only as hot as as your latest release.

The key to their success? Hard work! Playing 100 gigs per year across over 21 countries and at the same time releasing 10 albums in only 12 years - with no sign of slowing down. That is dedication. To put it 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.

Recorded in Medley Studios 1/2.09.17: Desk SSL9000j, BD Neumann U47, KICK Electro Voice RE-20, SN Sennheiser 421, SN2 AKG C460 B, HH Bruel & Kjar 4011, TAM1 Sennheiser 421, TAM2 Sennheiser 421, KIT SM57, OH Bruel & Kjar 4011 stereo, AMBIENCE Bruel & Kjar 4006 stereo, GUITAR: Fender Deluxe U47 fet / SM57, BASS: AMPEG AMP, Sennheiser 421 and U89, VOCAL: U89.
Mixing: Desk SSL9000j, Vocal: NTP 179-100, Tubetech C1, Pultec EQP-1A, dbx 900 deess. Master: Neve 33655, Pultec EQP-1A3 stereo pair.ultec EQP-1A, dbx 900 deess. Master: Neve 33655, Pultec EQP-1A3 stereo pair.

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