For more than 45 years, Wolfgang Kalb has been playing and singing
acoustic Blues, predominantly Country Blues, as well as ragtime music,
and jazz ballads. He
interprets the songs of the old
blues masters in his unique way using the fingerpicking style or the bottleneck
method on his resonator guitar, changing the music and lyrics and adapting
them to his own personal situation. His repertoire includes the styles of
his role models Blind Blake, Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt and other
country blues artists from the 20’s and 30’s. The musical influences of Muddy
Waters and John Lee Hooker are also clearly evident.
At appearances between the 70’s and the mid-90’s he shared the stage
with regional artists such as Martin Philippi from Nuremberg and Blues greats
such as Champion Jack Dupree, Louisiana Red and Blind John Davis.
taking a break from giving concerts that lasted several years, he started to
tour again six years ago and has become firmly established in the German
country blues scene.
well as appearing at established blues festivals, he plays regular gigs at
well-known jazz and blues clubs in
Wendelsteiner Blues & Jazz open Festival, „Lange
Nacht der Musik“ in the Gasteig, Bluestage Schmölz,
New Orleans Festival Fürth, Bluesnacht Meppen, Jazzclub Salzburg, Bühler
Bluesclub, Belle Epoque, Bern, Valle Maggia Blues Festival, Summerblues Basel,
Tucher Jazz & Blues, Bamberg, Blues'n'Jazz Festival Rapperswil, etc.)
He is a
welcome guest at previews of art exhibitions and as an opening act for bands.
At church concerts he presents his special gospel blues show.
York in May 2006, where
he met blues veterans David Honeyboy Edwards and Robert Lockwood Jr., who
has passed away in June 2006.
concerts, the musical journey through the history of this music is
accompanied by stories about the blues, the origin of the songs and his
the songs were recorded live in the unique-musique studios in
Germany, without overdubbing, re-recording,
double-tracking, sampling or the like of it.
CD “Got Them Old Walkin’ Blues” Wolfgang showcases 15 of his favourite
country blues songs from the prewar era.
His new CD "Blues Songster" was released in
summer 2018 and contains exclusively arrangements and interpretations of old
gospel songs, spirituals and blues from the 20s and 30s.