Blues is music of the heart. It comes straight from the heart and holds such emotions that touch the cords of the listener’s heart. So basically listening to a good blues song is like having a heart to heart conversation with the singer. Sadly there aren’t many good pure blues bands in all of India, let alone in Delhi. But here is a list of 6 bands, some from Delhi, some not, that do justice to blues.
6. The Beet Root Blues Band
Beet Root Blues is from Mumbai and plays often at the Haze in Delhi. They play jive blues, soul, swing jazz and rock and roll. They cover a lot of classic blues artists such as Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed etc. and give their own touch to their classic blues compositions. To find out more about them go to visit their official page or like them on Facebook.
5. Saturday Night Blues
The other pure blues band that has been active for some time now is the Saturday Night Blues band from Kolkata. They perform regularly at Someplace Else in Kolkata but can be seen in Delhi from time to time as well. They are a joy for the pure blues aficionado. You can follow regular updates by the band on their Facebook page, and also through it, remain in touch with their performance dates.
Soulmate is a band from Shillong and is by far the best blues band in India. It performs all over India, but a lot more in Delhi. You can catch them at Haze a lot and at some other venues as well. The band has performed internationally and brought India to the world scene of Blues, almost singlehandedly. To know more about them check out this Wikipedia.
Parikrama is one of the leading bands of the Indian rock revolution. They are not a pure blues band although blues has had a major influence on their sound. Some of their songs are more ‘blues’ than others. They are also probably the most well known band in India. They are on this list, above some of the more classic blues bands because they are originally from Delhi while the rest are not. They believe in free music and you can download all of their songs for free from their website.
2. Big Bang Blues
Big Bang Blues was formed in 2009 in Delhi just for the purpose of going to the original roots of blues. They are primarily a blues band but infuse elements of many other genres such as jazz, funk, rock and rhythm and blues into their sound. They perform at the Haze Blues and Jazz Bar in Vasant Vihar in Delhi. Haze is one of the best places to hear some blues in Delhi and if you want to catch any of these bands, that’s the place to head to.
1. Soul’d Out
Soul’d Out is a relatively unknown blues band from Delhi. They are becoming popular slowly and based on their music’s authenticity, I’m sure they’ll go a long way. The band was formed in 2011 and has 4 members, Rohit, Bhaanu, Abhay and Abhijit. Their sound is primarily blues with elements of a few other genres and they don’t like to define any particular genre for their music. Incidentally there is a Japanese hip hop band with the same name so don’t confuse the two! Check out their Facebook page for latest updates and upcoming performances.