Reviving the Blues from Lebanon: The Wanton Bishops
Blues music inspires people around the world, and everywhere you go you will find some great Blues bands. So the question; “Is there cool blues from the Middle East?” Hell Yeah! And some god damn fine Blues would be the answer. The Wanton Bishops sho’ know how to. This duo from Beirut Lebanon brings you the tight, howl full blues we like since 2010.
The Wanton Bishops made me enthusiastic for over more than two weeks. The power which the Wanton Bishops give away by playing blues, is as rare as the Chicago blues acts we first heard in the fifties and forties from Muddy, Wolf and Walter.
Folkloric Blues rhythms
It is not that raw or dark, it is very tight rocking blues. Like Guns ‘n Roses did with the Hard Rock in the eighties, the Wanton Bishops Do it now with the Blues heritage from Chicago and the Swamps.
“Howl” is a groove song, starting off with the bass drum kick, followed by a killer harmonica tune. “Sleep with the Lights On” from their debut album is also a killer song. With tight folkloric drums, powerful vocals and a heavy guitar riff.
Beirut, Lebanon based blues band
The Wanton Bishops are Nader and Eddy, these two Bluesmen met each other in a bar in Beirut Lebanon. Technically it was outside a bar in the middle of a fist fight. Especially in blues music friendships develop pretty good over liquor, and in this case over cheap tequila. The love for stomp Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll developed between the Wanton Bishops. Nader’s influence reaches from Muddy Waters to the Rolling Stones. Eddy has a love for Classic American rock roots. This all resulted in ‘not another blues band’, but as the Wanton Bishops describe it “They made an unique animal from the other part of the world”.
Sleep With The Lights On
Since the release of their debut album “Sleep With The Lights On” they toured around the world to India, Europe, South Africa, the Middle East and America, performing in diver bars to major festivals.
In early 2014 the Wanton Bishops went to the birthplace of Blues. The deep south of the United States. This trip was filmed by Red Bull media house and is set to be released.
Wanton Bishops om vinyl
I can confirm that the Wanton Bishops’ album looks pretty fine in your vinyl collection between the R.L. Burnside and Elmore James records. These two boys from Lebanon make great blues and I can’t wait to see these folks on stage in my local bar or at a major festival around the world.