Tony Vega (US) and Kai Strauss (D)

  • Bygningen Ved Anlæget 1b Vejle, 7100 Denmark
I have been an admirer of Kai Strauss ever since I heard him on the first Memo Gonzalez plate back around 2001-2002. I'm excited and honored to play with this guy. If you have not already done so, check him out! "
 - Tony Vega

Welcome to a completely new, intercontinental and scary competent, blue guitar-connection; TONY VEGA & KAI STRAUSS. Both well-known among Danish blues fans from many years of touring. Tony Vega with his own band since 2002, while Kai Strauss has committed himself to the Danish scenes even longer. This not least, as part of Memo Gonzalez & The Bluescasters.
As handpicked Danish backing the choice fell on the rock-solid Henrik Poulsen and Mads "Tiny" Andersen, who have passed their backing exam with special distinction after several trips with the right "backing discerning" Alan Haynes. They have also previously been backing for Kai Strauss on a tour as "Kai Strauss Electric Blues Allstars". It will be a reunion they are all looking forward to, like Tony very much looking forward to playing with them. And dear audience, I can well rejoice. It is a Actionpacked quartet of really convincing LIVE performers.
Tony Vega
Tony Vega was born in Chicago but raised in Houston, Texas. A guitar-playing older brother lured Tony to play guitar at the age of 13. A few years later, after a chance meeting with none other than Albert Collins in a guitar business at the Heart of Texas Music Festival in Austin, Tonydecided to devote his life to play blues guitar. "Immediately after I met him, bought my first blues record -" Albert Collins Live in Japan "says Vega." Since then, everything has been the Blues. "
In 1997 he stood for the first time in front of his own Tony Vega Band, which from the start has been characterized by a masterful delivery of "red-hot and bone shaking blues". More lineup changes have led to its current blues power trio form with Vega as guitar virtuoso and singer.
An authentic expression gave him several "Houston Press Blues Awards" "2008 - Best Guitarist" / "2007 - Best Male Vocalist" / "2004 - Best Blues" / "2002 - Best Contemporary Blues" / "2001 - Best Blues"
... But the biggest award of all was when none other than Mr. ZZ TOP - Billy Gibbons - said:
 "Tony Vega is a MONSTER!"
Kai Strauss
Kai Strauss is not raised in Texas, but is from Osnabrück in Germany. Listening to his guitar playing alone , one would be led to believe he was a full-blooded Texan. Kai Strauss is among many "blue guitar afficionados" considered one of Europe's most authentic in the Texan "no bullshit style" known from masters such as Jimmie Vaughan, Anson Funderburgh and an early Ronnie Earl and others. For the same reason it was also a difficult thrilled Tony Vega who without hesitation said "OH YEAH! Man, are you kiddin' me. I have been following Kai for years, and will LOVE to play with him.

Source: http://www.crossroads-vejle.dk/