Big Boy Bloater

Sunday: Four Roses Bourbon Blues Stage: 15:00 – 15:40

The Big man describes his music as ‘hard hitting r&b with a contemporary twist’. Can’t really argue with that sort of comment. Because that’s exactly what this man does.

Big Boy Bloater has a devotion to the blues that comes from a genuine and deep love for the music. Live, he’s shown his capacity by taking the blues to the Middle East, as well as performing live across Europe and North America. He’s also a much sought after session musician, having played guitar with Paloma Faith and Imelda May, as well as Frankie Miller,  Roy Gaines, Wanda Jackson and many other top names. It’s no wonder Jools Holland ranks him as one of the great blues players of this era.

In his own right, the Big Boy has released some powerful record, beginning in 2008 with ‘That Ain’t My Name’ and continuing on three years later with ‘ Big Boy Bloater & The Limits’ album, which launched his solo career in some style. A year later, ‘The World Explained’ continued his march, going into the top five on the iTunes blues download chart. He’s been in bands and performing live since the age of 13, and that’s over a period of more than 30 years.

Honing his blues craft, current album ‘Luxury Hobo’ sees Big Boy Bloater and his Limits – now featuring keyboard player Dan Edwards, bassist Steven Oats and drummer Mat Cowley – – riding higher than ever. “I love what I do,” he proclaims, and whether playing to 20 or 20,000 people he proves it every time.

PLAYLIST

The Hits

‘It Came Out Of The Swamp’, ‘Black Sambuca;, ‘Sweet & Brown’

His Finest Hour

‘Luxury Hobo’ 2016

Connoisseur’s Choice

‘She Gets Naked For a Living’. Captures the Big Boy essence in 2013