Mama’s Bad Blues
On Wednesday, May 23rd, Amsterdam-based American blues band Mama’s Bad Boys hit the stage of Samara State Philharmonic Hall for a staggering show.
Mama’s Bad Boys are a unique, highly-experienced international blues-rock band. They first appeared for the big audience in the Netherlands, in 1990, and the band’s name was the idea of the bass player, Otis Hornesby. Mama’s Bad Boys are based in Amsterdam.
«Less is more» is a favorite motto of the band – the achievement of the maximum results with minimum means. The musical concept of the band is simple, bringing the story (i.e. the blues) to the audience with clarity and expression of mood and musical emotions. The humor and mischievous elements of the performance, the individual skill of the musicians and the groove – it makes everyone dance! An exciting combination of blues, funk, jazz and rock played in a hard «black» manner. It has explosive improvisations and stop-times, all built on the close cooperation and musical understanding of all band members. Spontaneity and unpredictability are the basis of the Mama’s Bad Boys performance, plus relaxed communications and interactions with the audience regardless of large or small stage. The «Jack Daniels» whisky trick is a popular feature – a glass thrown in the air is caught dead on time and then used as a slide for guitar solo ! It supplements the musical context of the performance with an unbeatable atmosphere of the real blues concert, played in the spirit of the best first generation bluesmen – Mama’s Bad Boys play their own compositions and also some evergreen tunes, modified to their own inimitable groove and style.
Photo: Mikhail Puzankov