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Rolling Into Town

Rolling Into Town

New album by The Damned and Dirty

The award-winning duo The Damned and Dirty present 15 brand-new tracks on new highly anticipated release Rolling Into Town. As ever, the main focus remains acoustic delta blues with loads of fingerpicking, but frequently reinvents itself with influences from jazz, dixieland and soul.

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Release date announced

Rolling into town will be released November 17th! Come join our party at Paradiso in Amsterdam! More information about pre-orders will be available soon.

Third album recorded

New The Damned and Dirty album recorded

We did it again. In June we joined the 20Twelve Audio team in the Red Bull Studios in Amsterdam. With the help of drummer Frank van Tijn and organist Bram Slinger we recorded 15 songs in just 3 days. Stay tuned for more info on the release date!

Best Dutch Blues Album 2013

Photo by Dick Jonkers

For the second time in a row we received an award for Best Dutch Blues Album. We were honoured with the same award for our debut album about a year ago. This year the Dutch Blues Foundation and the public decided to award Sell Your Soul, our second album. We're immensely proud and we are working very hard on the next one. Maybe we'll make it a hat-trick next year!

Biography

The Damned and Dirty is one of the most exciting and innovative duos in the blues tradition. Gritty delta blues with screaming slide guitar, raw vocals and wailing blues harp.

What started out as a side project of Kevin de Harde and Micha Sprenger grew bigger and bigger after their first release titled The Damned and Dirty in 2012. Many live performances followed and in 2013 they released their second album Sell Your Soul. The biggest compliment came when they won the Dutch Blues Award for Best Album of 2012. Their second album received the same award for 2013!

The two write the songs themselves and are currently working on their third album. They perform regularly in The Netherlands and are planning several international tours.

Micha Sprenger

Guitarist Micha Sprenger is a Music Teacher graduate from the High School of Performing Arts in Rotterdam. He works and lives in Zaandam. As well as being a guitarist and songwriter Micha also teaches music and guitar. His fingerpicking and bottleneck skills are widely appreciated.

Kevin de Harde

Vocalist and harmonicist Kevin de Harde has seen almost every Dutch blues club inside and out and has shared the stage with countless blues artists. He delivers expressive vocals, thought-provoking lyrics and a blues harp style to melt the most cynical heart.

Music

Rolling Into Town

Rolling Into Town

The award-winning duo The Damned and Dirty present 15 brand-new tracks on new highly anticipated release Rolling Into Town. As ever, the main focus remains acoustic delta blues with loads of fingerpicking, but frequently reinvents itself with influences from jazz, dixieland and soul.

Info

Label
Fuck Yeah! Records
All songs by
Micha Sprenger and Kevin de Harde
Vocals, harmonica
Kevin de Harde
Guitar, backing vocals, bass
Micha Sprenger
Drums
Frank van Tijn
Organ
Bram Slinger
Cowbell
Nienke van den Nieuwendijk
Recorded by
20Twelve Audio's Frank de Jong and Erwin Palper
in June 2014 at Red Bull Studios Amsterdam
Mixed & mastered by
Erwin Palper
Photography
Kevin de Harde

Sell Your Soul

Sell Your Soul

So how do you deal with all the accolades you receive for your first album? Simple. You go back into the studio and start working on a second album with the intention to make it an even better one than the first. The result? 13 cracking tracks with crying slide guitar, howling vocals and dirty blues harp.

Although the main focus is still acoustic Delta Blues, the musical spectrum is broader than found on the first release. We've even thrown in some acoustic jazz!

Get our second award-winning album now!

Reviews

This is what some of the press had to say about Sell Your Soul:

  • If you are a serious acoustic blues fan this one's a MUST. If you think you don't like acoustic blues then this is a MUST. It will change your mind.

    Ian McKenzie, Blues in Britain Magazine, UK
  • Yes, this music comes out of Europe, but its inspiration comes from the heart of blues territory – it’s always interesting hearing blues coming from places other than where it was born. Interesting too to hear any variation the tyranny of distance offers up. Or not – both are fine.

    Rhythms Magazine, Australia
  • The delta blues is never far away, but it is never quasi-authentic. On the contrary, every song on this record is what it should be, with the focus on another instrument every time.

    Fileunder.nl (in Dutch, quote translated)
  • The Damned and Dirty release a second album of really good electro-acoustic blues music featuring powerful singing, strong acoustic guitars enriched with random electric solos, a fully mastered harmonica, and occasional smooth drums sections. The general mood is tensed and dark but it may also switch to nice rhythms to dance to!

    Soul Bag Magazine (in French, translated)
  • I do not think "Sell Your Soul" is an atheist manifesto. For me this is just another very good album of two remarkable musicians from our neighboring country.

    Wasser-Prawda.de (in German, quote translated.)
  • It starts with a pure Mississippi Blues, "Out Of Sight", with the almost obligatory acoustic slide guitar, voice and harmonica. Pure and minimalist. But that's not all, the next song, "Number 10" is a smooth track, electric and accompanied by a full band. A lot of old Mississippi Blues, interspersed with other styles, such as the jazzy "If It Ain't Got You", the guitar rag "Turn On Loose" and the raw boogie "Send Me Home". My personal favorites are "Looked You Up In The Phone Book" with a guitar style à la Big Bill Broonzy, "Sending You My Letter" reminiscent of Son House and the mournful slow blues "Eviction Notice Blues".

    BluesMagazine.nl (in Dutch, quote translated.)
  • Micha Sprenger is a qualified guitarist with a varied and groovy playing style both when finger picking and when playing bottleneck. Kevin de Harde’s singing voice is suitable for their music. He is an expressive singer who really sings out and his harmonica playing is just brilliant. Micha and Kevin complement each other perfectly.

    Blues Journal

Info

UPC
700736482803
Release date
September 13th 2013
Label
Fuck Yeah! Records
Award
Best Dutch Blues Album 2013
Music & lyrics
Micha Sprenger and Kevin de Harde
Guitar, backing vocals, percussion, bass
Micha Sprenger
Vocals, backing vocals, percussion
Kevin de Harde
Drums
Frank van Tijn
Organ
Arne van der Heijden
Recorded by
Frank de Jong and Erwin Palper, 20Twelve Audio
Mixed & mastered by
Erwin Palper, 20Twelve Audio
Photography
Bas Stoffelsen
Special thanks
Patrick Struijker Boudier and Marlou Vriens

The Damned and Dirty

The Damned and Dirty

Our award-winning debut album, completely free!

Playing in a band kicks ass. Writing songs for a band is pretty sweet too, but sometimes you write a song that just doesn't work out in a full-blown band. So when most of their band mates in BluesMotel were on vacation, Kevin de Harde and Micha Sprenger decided to write some songs for something new.

After a couple of weeks they joined 20Twelve Audio engineers Erwin Palper and Frank de Jong to start recording. Two days of studio time later they had recorded 13 songs. On of these was written for them by their good friend Eddy Gartry (of Blues State 'UK' fame).

The Damned and Dirty's first album is released under a Creative Commons License. This means it is permitted to create derirative works and even make money on those works as long as it is correctly attributed and released under the same license ('share alike').

Reviews

This is what some of the press had to say about our first album:

  • When I think about Blues music, I tend not to think about Holland.
    That just changed.

    EarWave
  • With the electric ‘blues violence’ of BluesMotel, live and on record, you sometimes tend to forget what a technically and musically great guitarist Micha Sprenger is. On The Damned and Dirty cd Micha gets – and takes – more than enough room to play his wonderful licks and rhythms. Sometimes threatening, sometimes subdued, but always as the musical backbone for Kevin de Harde. De Harde is also in great form on this record. He sings, screams, whispers and blows his lungs out. The anger in his voice still finds its way into his singing but it’s more of a velvet anger this time. And it’s because of the wonderful licks and rhythms by Micha the songs sung by De Harde are much more overwhelming to the listener.

    BluesMagazine.nl (in Dutch, quote translated.)
  • It’s unnecessary to say that this is an album that belongs in the record collection of all acoustic blues lovers. In fact, it should have a place in the collection of every other blues lover as well.

    thebluesalone.nl (in Dutch, quote translated.)

Info

UPC
700261885278
Release date
September 1st 2012
Label
Fuck Yeah! Records
Award
Best Dutch Blues Album 2012
Music
Micha Sprenger and Kevin de Harde*
Lyrics
Kevin de Harde
Vocals and harmonica
Kevin de Harde
Guitar, backing vocals
Micha Sprenger
Drums
Frank van Tijn
Recorded by
Frank de Jong, Erwin Palper
Mixed & Mastered by
Erwin Palper, 20Twelve Audio
Photography
Bas Stoffelsen

* except When the devil’s got your name by Eddy Gartry, used and licensed with permission

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