Now that it’s finally confirmed and released to fans via social media and such, we can unzip our mouths to announce that Oli will be back in Europe this summer supporting first Jeff Beck in Germany and then Joe Satriani in Holland, Italy and France. Confirmed dates are below, as […]
So here he is. The great white hope of British guitar. The young man blues sensation. The rock ‘n’ roll alchemist who fires a bullet-belt of influences into the mix. The heart-on-sleeve songwriter who bleeds onto the lyric sheet and solos like his soul is hard-wired to his fingers. The mover, shaker and rule-breaker, who drags the dusty conventions of the blues into the millennium by the hair.
But if you thought you knew the real Oli Brown, you don’t know the half of it. Please allow him to introduce himself. It’s a long climb from the schoolyards of Norwich to the top table of the British blues scene, and hard to believe that Oli Brown has scaled it in just four years. “I didn’t have any career ambitions until I started playing guitar in 2002,” he notes. “Blues was always in the background, but what really hit was the first Stevie Ray Vaughan album I bought. When I started playing, Hendrix was my first influence. He was a showman, too, setting his guitar alight. I’ve never done that!”
With his chops primed, Oli soon went public, playing impromptu Norwich jam nights where “we didn’t even know what we were playing, but it taught me a lot”. The pivotal moment came at 15, when he was invited to the US as the guest of Blinddog Smokin’: a support slot that morphed into a mentoring scheme, with Oli sharing bills with Buddy Guy and Taj Mahal, and being schooled after-hours by his hosts. “Before that, I didn’t care what the music was, I just wanted to solo,” he admits. “But while I was out there, they taught me everything about the blues, about stagecraft, about walking tall and speaking to the audience.”
With the 2010 British Blues Awards toasting him as Best Male Vocalist and Best Young Artist, some musicians would have rested on their laurels and watched the royalties roll in. Not Oli Brown. He once said that “blues needs to be heard live”, and it’s true that while he tears it up in the studio, his natural habitat is the darkened stage and his favourite sound the roar of the crowd as he blasts songs skyward with his signature Vanquish guitar. In 2011, Oli toured the UK, Europe, New Zealand, Canada and America – even charming Uncle Sam with a high-profile breakfast TV appearance – and scored another haul of trophies at the British Blues Awards (Best Band and Best Album). The year concluded in schoolboy fantasy-style, playing 25 gigs with John Mayall. Somebody pinch him…
So where do you go when you’ve hit the top? The answer, for Oli Brown, is back on the road. After 2012’s release of Here I Am, Oli supported his record with a major UK headline tour. 2013 swept right in with Songs From the Road, a live CD/DVD set made from December 2012 shows, multiple supporting roles in Joe Satriani’s worldwide Unstoppable Momentum tour across Europe, and a slew of festivals and shows of his own.
Since 2015 Oli has been 1/3 of the power-rock trio RavenEye, along with bassist Aaron Spiers and drummer Adam Breeze. Having already toured the UK, Spain, France, Italy, the US, South America, and Eastern Europe. RavenEye has been slamming audiences with their signature heavy riffs and incendiary live show. Whether it be straddling a bass drum high into the night or jumping into a raucous crowd, RavenEye is a high-energy rock act not to be missed.
RavenEye has already established itself as a powerful force in British rock with major support tours for Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators across the USA and Deep Purple in France .
Last night Oli played one last performance supporting The Ringers on their tour in Fairfield, CT. The crowd loved him and he obviously loved playing for them. Oli’s set ended with a standing ovation for him and a blown out amp! Way to rock kid! Next is back to Toronto; for a […]
Here’s a great video to liven up your morning! Oli Brown at the Grey Eagle Tavern in Asheville, North Carolina this past Friday the 31st. Just another stop of his solo tour supporting the Ringers. And did you catch Oli giving an interview was on the WCNI 90.9 this morning?
How did you spend your summer? After playing some of the oldest world cities on the Unstoppable Momentum tour with Joe Satriani this summer, Oli Brown’s may have been a little more eventful than yours! The band traveled throughout Europe offering their dose of blues and rock to willing audiences and preparing […]
Oli Brown’s latest CD “Here I Am” hits the streets this week, followed by North American tour dates in early to mid July and August. For more information on dates and the new album please go to his website, www.oliselectricblues.co.uk.
ETA is proud to announce that The Oli Brown Band has won in the categories of Best Band of the Year and Best Album of the Year at the 2011 British Blues Awards last weekend. Oli’s critically acclaimed album “Heads I Win, Tails You Lose” was released in 2010 on […]
Before wowing the crowd at the 21st Saloon in Omaha, Nebraska; the Oli Brown Band sat down with The Morning Blend, Omaha’s morning news channel. Catch Oli discussing his blues origins, his time with acclaimed blues guitarist, Buddy Guy, and an exclusive performance from the band here.