Blues Guitar Nights at CICCIC Featuring Mike Bess
Performing at Creative Innovation Centre CIC (CICCIC) at Blues Guitar Night is Mike Bess.
Mike Bess is a Somerset based singer, songwriter and musician and has an amazing gravely blues voice.
“The Blues has always been at the centre of everything I’ve played as a guitarist/singer. Being influenced by the British & American blues guitarists, both new and old, I was fortunate to play in some great bands in South Africa, but it was only when many of my band mates encouraged me to sing more that I discovered the tone in my voice worked well with the blues I loved and felt closest too as a musician.
My most successful band line-up then followed after this, namely “Blues.com”. This was a three piece band and we played at most of the top venues around Johannesburg and many other venues in South Africa. Now with England being my new home, my music has also evolved into what I believe to be unique and original for the blues.
Preferring the use of the acoustic guitar, I have discovered that it doesn’t limit the ability to create electric guitar type solo lines, in fact I’m finding the unique sounds I am able to get from the electro/acoustic as well as the tasteful use of the loop pedal, brings the best of both acoustic and electric blues together as one. Having a selection of blues originals from my two full length recorded albums as well as some new, yet to be recorded blues songs to choose from, I am excited to be presenting my own blend of the blues to my audience at CICCIC on the 13th of December in opening for Chris King Robinson and his band”.