It Takes Two ...to Boogie (2021)
Music-Style: Blues 'n Boogie
"It Takes Two" - Roger and Till
Two of the leading blues musicians in this country as a duo! English born Roger C. Wade (voc/harp) and Till Seidel (voc/guit) present a fresh mixture of traditional blues, boogie and rock 'n roll. Sometimes classics from the 40s and 50s or Rock 'N Roll from the 60s. Two singers, one harmonica, one guitar, a relaxed joy of playing - Roger and Till are a guarantee for a nice evening with old and new friends of blues and boogie.
In the last 25 years Roger C. Wade (harp/vocals) has established himself as an outstanding harmonica player in the guild of German blues traditionalists. His equally powerful and sensitive style, haunting blues feeling paired with a healthy measure of virtuosity inspires blues specialists and party audiences alike. Spontaneity, humor and an energetic "stage presence" - this is how audiences have appreciated Roger C. Wade for over 20 years in Germany and Europe.
Born in 1968 in Norwich, England, Roger discovered in the mid 80's not only the British Blues but mainly his love for the classic blues. After first gigs as a duo on the streets of England, he was already drawn to Germany, where he played in his first German blues band in the early 90's, first as a sideman then as frontman and singer. Shortly after, Roger formed his first band, Excuse My Blues, with his wife Marion on piano. The course was set and the direction was clear - it was all about blues, boogie and RnB. In 1994 Roger spent several months in the US, playing with many well-known blues artists between New York and San Francisco.
After this exciting and character building time, Roger returned to Germany and formed the band Little Roger & The Houserockers with his wife Marion on piano and Tilmann Michalke on guitar. Over the past 25 years, numerous well-known musicians have been guests at the band's performances, including Alex Schulz, Chris Rannenberg, Marc T and many more. After the early death of his duo partner Jens Turowski and two successful records of the Night Walkers, Roger and Till got together and formed the duo "Roger und Till".
To get into the blues in the early 2000s in the province of Lower Saxony, you need interest above all. Admittedly, in Hildesheim the way to the blues was not quite so circuitous, after all, some of Germany's best-known blues bands come from this small city near Hanover. When Till Seidel picked up the guitar at the age of 14, there was at first only music of the harder kind. But where did Angus Young get his "Duck Walk" and his bending? "Looking through my father's record cabinet was like reading a book, which gets more exciting with every chapter. All of a sudden there was Chess Records, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Little Walter and so much more." This music was like a revelation. While plastic pop and German rock played up and down on the radio, Till Seidel became more and more involved with music that had something to tell. "Primarily, in the beginning, it wasn't even about the lyrics, but the way to play music. It was raw and honest and had rough edges. Not like that soft-spoken crap from radio and TV." Over time, Till Seidel sharpened his profile more and more. "With this kind of music, I found my niche. When people say blues is boring, I could go off the deep end. From the '20s to the '60s, I don't think any genre can offer more diversity." While he devoted more time to 50s blues as a sideman in various bands in the beginning, paying tribute to his heroes like T-Bone Walker and Johnny Guitar Watson, he forged a new path with his own band. "New" is relative here, because of course his love continues to be for retro music.
However, with his band, he is more dedicated to '60s rhythm and blues. "Besides B.B. King, Freddie King and Otis Rush, I'm also into Little Milton, Bobby Bland and Al Green, in the '60s R&B mixed so many elements of blues and soul and that turns me on." In the fall of 2015, he was able to prove himself to American audiences with his brand of R&B in the process. He accompanied B.B. & The Blues Shacks on their California Tour and was allowed to open for them. He was able to convince the audience as well as radio DJ Art Martel (Straight Up Blues Productions, Delta Groove) and publicist David Mac (Blues Junction). In the October 2016 issue, bluesnews magazine dedicated a two-page feature to him, thus drawing attention to the newcomer in Germany. In spring 2017, the "little fat boy from Lower Saxony" released his CD "Lazy Man's Land", which received very positive reviews from numerous critics.
Since 2018, Till Seidel has also dedicated himself to a solo project, where the accent is more on his guitar, his vocals and the more traditional way of playing the blues. In 2019, his latest album "Get On Board!" was released.
Availability: on request (booking lead time 4
Location: Clubs, Festivals
Requirements: Hotel (Travel Party 2-3), Catering, local PA
Price: on request