Christof ‘Chris’ Lange, WAS one of Europe’s very first blues instrumentalists. The arrival of blues singer Champion Jack Dupree at Zurich’s ‘Africana’ club in December 1960 came as a blessing. Chris soon became Champion Jack’s regular guitarist, played a lot with him at the ‘Africana’ and on several albums for the ‘Folkways’ and ‘Storyville’ labels and accompanied him also on his many other gigs in Switzerland and the surrounding countries. This all happened between 1961 and 1965. Thanks to the influence of the black bluesman from New Orleans, Chris’s basement studio stayed an active venue for Chris and his Swiss blues friends for several years. The result was a huge collection of tape recordings. Some of them were meant as demos and were sent to blues labels such as Chess, Excello, Blue Horizon or Atlantic, and a few others saw also the light of day on an old vinyl album back in 1969. But the bigger part of those recordings stayed unissued and is now being made available on the CD-album ‘RUSTY STRINGS’ for the first time. Chris Lange’s co-musicians on this album are the same who played with him in his blues bands during the late fifties to the mid sixties. Featured on one track (‘Woodchopper Blues’) is also famed bluesman Champion Jack Dupree.

Hear three tracks from the CD below.

1 Harmonica Rock
2 Thinking About You
3 It’s Boogie Time
4 Elmores’s Death
5 Honkin’ Blues
6 Christmas Blues
7 Happy Harmonica
8 Woodchopper Blues
9 Helen’s Dream
10 Rock’n’ Rollin’ Rhythm & Blues
11 Slidin’ In My Heart
12 The Blues Way Down At The Bottom
13 Muddy’s Thought
14 Horseback
15 Memory Exchange
16 Soulful Love
17 Blow Away
18 Call On Me
19 Mississippi Delta
20 Roberta (The Girl From The Pastry Shop)
21 Blues For Evelyn

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