You haven’t lived till you’ve heard the dub version of Howlin’ Wolf’….MOJO MAGAZINE.
Errol is an immaculate virtuoso of a blues harp player, Brixton born and bred, Sonny Boy Williamson and Augustus Pablo sparring in every note he blows.
If you like to boogie, Errol Linton’s Blues Band is a must!
Three times winner of Blues Harp Player of the year, Errol Linton and band The Blues Vibe, play eclectic British blues, but with a nod to his Caribbean heritage. Singer, songwriter, harp player and bandleader, Errol carries the legacy of Little Walter, Junior Wells and Sonny Boy Williamson into the twenty first century, moving the genre forward by combining 50’s Chicago blues with gentle Jamaica rhythms.
Linton’s has opened the show for Screaming Jay Hawkins, Bo Diddley, Dr John and Blind Boys of Alabama.
In 1991 a chance meeting with John Walters, BBC Radio 2 producer led to a radio session on the Andy Kershaw Show and in 1993 Errol was featured along side Big Bill Broonzy in BBC 2’s Arena documentary (Rhythms of the World) called Two Generations of the Blues.
Linton released his first album Vibin’ It (Ruby Records) in 1998. Across the UK BBC Radio DJs Charlie Gillett, Paul Jones, John Peel and Andy Kershaw all played the album.
In 2001 Linton returned to the studio to cut Roots Stew (Ruby Records). Roots Stew shows Errol’s song writing developing alongside the band’s organic blues-reggae groove.
You can hear Linton’s harmonica on Channel 4’s documentary ’Mr. Rock and Roll’ Transglobal Underground albums ‘Rejoice Rejoice’ (Nations Records 1998) and ‘Yes Boss Food Corner’ (Ark 1 Records 2001) double CD compilation Beyond Mississippi (Manteca 2002) and Abram Wilson’s album Ride! Ferris Wheel to the Modern Day Delta’ (Dune Records 2007).
Live, Errol and Co. play with a ragged, fluid grace. The Band constitute guitarist Adam Blake, bass player Neal Charles and drummer Kenrick Rowe.
Linton’s new material ’Mama Said’ has contributions from noted New Orleans trumpeter Abram Wilson and Serb pianist Pete Zivkovic. The resulting songs range from ‘Stressed Out’ – a blues every Londoner can relate to – to the beautiful acoustic reflections of ‘Roll On Tomorrow’. On these recordings Linton demonstrates how his song writing has matured into a remarkable original vision.