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Jukka “Black River Bluesman” Juhola & Andy Bad Mood Hudson play their Blues in the deep woods and frozen swamps of the muddy Black River Delta way up North in cold Finland. Their unrefined, electric Blues have been compared to the rough sounds of the Mississippi Hill Country artists as well as to anything between Tom Waits and Black Keys or psychoblues and garage. Whatever the influences may be, they play their animal Blues with no compromises - just the way they feel. Jukka and Andy got their stage names like the bluesmen of old: Jukka was named after the place he's from (Svartå=Black River) and Andy - not after the place he's from (Pohja=Bottom!) - but after his cheerful disposition. Jukka plays Johnny Lowebow’s genuine handmade custom cigar-box guitars, the most special of which is the doubleneck stereo baritone which allows him to play bass and lead at the same time. Andy the multi-instrumentalist functions in this line-up as a drummer-percussionist and a back-up singer. ”The flag-bearer of Finnish alt.blues” Black River Bluesman has always walked his own path, producing his uncompromising and original alt.blues with little regard for the mainstream. The line-ups have changed, but the group has now tightened into a working duo with Andy, who joined the band in the days of the Croaking Lizard, retaining nothing but the most vital elements of the music. Andy himself has spent years singing and playing in and writing for various bands, mostly in the field of heavier rock.

Cds released:
-Double Headed Trouble (2011) with BAd Mood Hudson
-Watcha Do single/video (2010) with Bad Mood Hudson and Andres Roots
-Rat Bone (2008) with the Croaking Lizard
-Cardboard and Plastic EP (2006) with the Croaking Lizard
-Ants in my Kitchen (2005) with the Cockroach Combo
-Not a Dog-gone Thing (2003) with the Cockroach Combo
-Blues from the Tower (1998) The Black River Blues Band

Festivals played include :
- Augustibluus (Estonia) 2011, 2007
- Pärnu Bluusipäevad (Estonia) 2011
- KesäkissaBlues 2011
- Bari Jazz Festival (Italia) 2010
- Molinara Crossroads Festival (Italia) 2010
- Le Blues Autour du Zinc (France) 2010, 2009
- Helsinki Blues Festival 2010
- Black River Music Festival 2010
- Deep Blues Festival (USA) 2009
- Floating Cockroach Festival 2009, 2008, 2007
- Faces Etnofestival 2009, 2003
- Shetland Blues Festival (UK) 2008
- Summertime Blues 2008
- Kaavi Blues 2008
- Dundee Blues Bonanza (UK) 2008, 2007
- Savonsolmu Blues Festival 2008
- Blues News 40 years – cavalcade 2008
- Sun7 Festival (Brazil) 2007
- Himalayan Blues Festival(Nepal) 2007
- Halloween Blues 2007
- Jämsession Festival 2007, 2006
- Lindalevi Festival (Estonia) 2007
- Aulanko Blues 2007, 2004
- Carelian Faces Festival (Russia) 2006
- Scandinavian Blues Party 2006
- Billnäs Revival 2006
- Elo Jazz & Blues 2005
- Torun Blues Meeting (Poland) 2004
- Amnesty International charity concert 2003
- Rawa Blues (Poland) 2003

Gigs in France, USA, Germany, Italy, Czech Rep, Brazil, Nepal, UK, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Bangkok… Reviews, articles and interviews in dozens of international magazines and newspapers. Radio stations in 25 different countries have played the CDs.

Live TV or radio performances and interviews: Finland, Italy, Brazil, Nepal, Poland, USA, Estonia, UK…

see also:

Official site: http://www.bluesman.fi
Genres: Rock Blues

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