WellBad goes Memphis!!! Insane! We won the German Blues Challenge !That’s the ticket to Memphis and Tuscany to the international and the European competition. To start 2016 we first go to the USA and then in April to Italy! Thank you all for your heavy participation in the online-voting and for the support right here in Eutin!
We just came back from Saarbrücken and Ingolstadt, where we performed two sold-out concerts and the next gigs are already lined up.
As soon as his debut came out in 2011 the word was: „It is hard to believe, that ‘Beautiful Disaster’ is supposed to be the first work of a young man.“ (Bluesnews). And the distinctive raspy voice and his deep roots in the Blues disguise the real age of the 26 year-old also on „Judgement Days“ (label: Blue Central Records, publisher: Membran). His album, which was recorded in the Hamburger Hafenklang-Studio and produced by Stephan Gade (Udo Lindenberg, Niels Frevert, Wingenfelder), is published by their own independent label Blue Central Records.
It sounds straightforward and at the same time full of variations: The opener “A Little Pain” praises the advantages of sensitivity to pain, in the whimsical title track „Judgement Day“ God is temporarily signed off and „Coffin For Two“, a duet with Blues singer Jessy Martens, evokes unconditional love until the coffin. Between organ passages, Trip-Hop-Groove and WellBad’s scratchy voice the dialectic of life and death is discussed in “Good World“. Yet, in “Poor Mary“ it seems, as if the film compose, dubbing actor and director is taking lessons from his colleague Chris Rea. „Three Legged Dog’s“ subject is dealing with the end of a relationship at a bar; the drawling, scarcely instrumented sound of the song, which he composed together with the guitarist Nazim Kilic, is inspired by Tom Waits and also by Tito & Tarantula. The piano ballad “Rockin’ Chair” is followed by the funky “One Kiss Too Late“, and after „Compliment“ the end time song “Talking French“ takes us in the emotional world of an Ennio Morricone western, before the grand finale „Don’t Go Back To The Coal Mine“ lures us 300 feet deep into a coal mine. The extroverted Daniel Welbat, who sports a full beard and already at age 16 works the live clubs in Hamburg and later performs in Robert Cray’s and UK guitarist Oli Brown’s Support-Shows. He always stays true to his own style, which is peculiar in the best sense. This way WellBad’s self assessment could become true: „We don’t want to please everybody, but I’m not opposed, if everyone likes it.”
2015 the young band won the German Blues Challenge in Eutin and is looking forward to their journey to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, in January 2016, where they will represent Germany in the competition.
Additionally they are invited to the European Blues Challenge in Torrita di Siena (Italy).