Sensational comeback by Denmark’s oldest blues band at the 2008 Copenhagen Blues Festival. A keystone of the Danish blues scene in the 1960’s, Delta Blues Band reshaped with extreme commercial success as Delta Cross Band in the 1980’s.
In 2008 most of the original members decided to get together for a 40th anniversary reunion at the Copenhagen Blues Festival. Back in the ‘60s they called themselves The Delta Blues & Boogie Band. Todays lineup still have Troels Jensen fronting the band with Thomas Puggaard-Müller on the side on his guitar like back in 67. Knut Henriksen is a newcomer on bass, but has during the years been a member of the band playing guitar and also Jørgen Lang – who often joined Delta Blues Band on stage in the past – is now a fullfledged member of the group. The latest addition to the band is the very skilled and widely traveled drummer Asmus Jensen.
Born in Copenhagen in 1946, Troels Jensen spent much of his childhood playing cornet and piano in local jazz and skiffle school bands. In the mid-60’s Troels – now on acoustic guitar – formed a folk and blues duo with Thomas Puggaard-Müller, playing at Visevershuset in Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens and other venues.
In 1967 the duo transformed into an electric Chicago-style blues band, that debuted at the legendary jazz club Montmartre in Copenhagen. Troels Jensen fronted the band through various incarnations until 2002. One particularly successful line-up was called Delta Cross Band and included Dylan guitarist Billy Cross.
Other of Troels’ activities include duo and band collaborations with Jørgen Lang in Katzenjammer Kids and sessions and tours with Link Wray, Bo Diddley, Mickey Baker, Sunnyland Slim, Memphis Slim, Eddie Kirkland, Harmonica Smith, GatemouthBrown,Little Brother Montgomery, Charlie Musselwhite, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and many others.
During the ‘80s and ‘90s Troels worked as an actor, musician and composer in various plays, and in 2000 he lead the band for a show of Tom Waits songs, 2000 WATTS, at Arhus Theater. The same year he began a long-term collaboration with guitarist and vocalist H.P. Lange. Their CD TAKE ME
HOME earned them a Danish Music Award for Best Roots Album.
In 2003 Troels was awarded the Danish Blues Musician of the Year prize. His most recent project is the nine-piece band Troels Jensen & The Healers featuring The Blue Horns & The Bells of Joy.
Thomas Puggaard-Müller was born in 1948.
His musical merits include a great number of Danish rock, jazz, soul and R&B bands as well as session work with Sunnyland Slim, Wild Bill Davison, Champion Jack Dupree and Jay McShann and others. For years Thomas had a very time-consuming side job repairing guitars and basses and designing instruments for the world-renowned Mørch Guitars. For years he was a sound engineer at jazz festivals and head technician at a large Copenhagen concert venue.
Born in 1953, Knut Henriksen is one of Denmark’s leading session men on bass and guitar.
Throughout a professional career which started at the age of 16, he has worked with a long list of top Danish bands as well as people like Champion Jack Dupree, Peter Thorup, Danish European Song Contest-winners The Olsen Brothers, Cornelis Vreeswijk, Bjørn Afselius, Bo Diddley and many more.
Jørgen Lang was born in 1950.
In the early ‘60s the sound of Brian Jones’ harmonica went straight to his teenage heart and has been embedded there ever since. He has played and recorded with an almost endless list of Danish artists including long-term collaborations with Troels Jensen, Danish/American guitarist and vocalist Paul Banks and blues and skiffle musician “Krølle” Erik. If you hear a harmonica solo on a Danish pop hit from the ‘80s – and, believe it or not, there are many such solos – then you will be listening to Jørgen. He has toured extensively in Europe and the Stateswith Spider John Koerner, Champion Jack Dupree, Louisiana Red, Memphis Slim, Mickey Baker, Bo Diddley and Luther Allison.
Asmus Jensen was born in 1973.
At 7 years of age he won the 1´st. price playing the drums in the Danish Music Talent Show with the danish bassplayer NHØP in the jury. Played some years later with the swedish guitarist Andy Wahllof and bassplayer Knut Henriksen in their bluestrio. Andy moved to Chicago to play with Junior Wells and Asmus followed when he was 21. This was the beginning of his life as a ”bluesdrummer”. He started out in Texas and moved later on to California.
For 5 years he experienced a glorious time with the Legendary Blues Cruise, Mardi Gras in New Orleans as well as touring most of the states with Lou Ann Barton, Gary Primich, Louisiana Red and Earl Thomas. Touring back in Europe, Asmus plays at the Montreux Jazz Festivalen 40th. Anniversary with Earl Thomas where he meets up with BB King. Later, Asmus played with Omar & the Howlers, who he met in Austin Texas, when he was playing with Johnny Moellers band at Antones Bluesclub. Now he is touring with them, when they are in Europe, as well as he played with Thorbjørn Risagers band, Hooters Blues, Missy Andersen and again in 2011 with Charles Burton.