Gig: Oli Brown – Eric’s, Liverpool – 12 Dec 2013
Posted on: Monday, Dec 9, 2013
December 12, 2013
8:00pm – 11:30pm
Eric’s Liverpool, 9 Mathew Street, Liverpool, L2 6RE
Late 2002 saw Oli pick up a guitar for the first time. Two and a half years later at age of 15 he was invited to America as the guest of American Blues band Blinddog Smokin’. This first trip saw Oli on the same stage as Buddy Guy and Taj Mahal.
In 2008 Oli was signed to the German Blues label, Ruf Records. Thomas Ruf flew into the UK to see Oli perform and signed him on the spot. Oli’s debut album, Open Road, was recorded and released in 2008 and received great reviews across the UK and Europe. It was voted the No. 2 Blues album of 2008 by readers of Blues Matters! magazine and it still rides high in the Blues Charts.
The Oli Brown Band was the only UK act to be selected for the 2008 International Blues Convention in Memphis. While in Memphis Oli was asked by John Fry (the owner of Ardent Studios) to go in and record a live session for them – this session received 1.3 million hits in three weeks. (Ardent Studios have recorded and mixed albums for The White Stripes, Isaac Hayes, Led Zeppelin, R.E.M, The Raconteurs, Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King…amongst many others.)
2010 saw Oli return to the studio with the legendary producer, Mike Vernon (Fleetwood Mac, Eric Clapton, John Mayall, Freddie King, David Bowie etc). Mike came out of self imposed retirement to work with Oli after seeing and hearing him on various You Tube videos. The Mike Vernon produced album, Heads I Win Tails You Lose, was released in 2010 in the UK, Europe and America.
2011 saw Oli touring in the UK, Europe, New Zealand, Canada and America (with an appearance on American breakfast TV) and saw The Oli Brown Band on a major 25 date UK tour with the legendary John Mayall and at the end of the tour John Mayall invited Oli to be the lead guitarist in his band for the December 2011 Jakarta Blues Festival.
Oli released his third album, “Here I Am” last year, it has since topped the iTunes, Amazon and HMV Blues charts.