When Monique and Hein went to visit Chicago, it was Nick who took them unders his wings and let them sit in with The Teardrops. It was during this visit that Teardrops guitarist John Primer gave Hein the name â€˜Little Boogie Boyâ€™. The Teardrops were so impressed with the young musicians that plans for future tours were discussed.
In 2002, these discussions turned reality and Nick began his first European tour with the Little Boogie Boy Bluesband. This was a big opportunity for the young players, as well as a change for Nick to express his own shade of deep, soul-drenched blues as a lead singer, something he had always dreamed of. The tour was a great experience with so much succes that this partnership has continued on to do several tours in both Europe and the U.S.
The recording for this CD were made during Nickâ€™s month-long 2003 European tour. The musicians used their time between gigs to work on new songs. They made arrangements of some of Nickâ€™s favorite soulsongs like â€˜Iâ€™m a tellinâ€™ youâ€™ and wrote new material, as well. Compositions like â€˜The handymanâ€™ and the threatening â€˜Hey, Little Boogie Boyâ€™ were written by Nick in a spare moment. Hein then responded to the bluesmanâ€™s threat with his own â€˜Nickâ€™s mad at meâ€™.
When these artists are not touring together they donâ€™t sit still. The Little Boogie Boy can be seen and heard in both Dutch, Belgium and German bluesclubs and on -festivals, with his own three-piece band. In the U.S. Nick Holt has his steady backing up band â€˜The Bluesmessengersâ€™ with Ryan Larsen on drums, Jake Wiese on bass and Joey Manthy on guitar. For scedules you can check www.littleboogie.nl or www.nickholtblues.com.
They all agree working together is a great experience and no doubt: They do it for the blues!
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1. Fannie Mae
2. Find Yourself Another Girl
3. Gambler's Blues
4. 44 Blues
5. Stand By Me
6. Hey Little Boogie Boy!
7. Nick's Mad At Me
8. Walk Away With Me
9. Hole in the Wall
10. Sittin' Here Thinking
11. I'm a - Tellin' You