In the words of blues prodigy Katie Webster, "Blues Wire are the best blues band in Europe and deserve to be heard by a wider audience".
According to many who has ever witnessed a Blues Wire gig this band is one of Europe`s best kept blues secrets and they should finally get the chance to be known to blues lovers around the world.
The Blues Wire formed in 1983. A year later they recorded the first blues album ever to be made by Greek musicians.
Thousands of gigs in every kind of venue imaginable, scores of TV and radio show appearances in Greece as well as abroad and an enviable recording expertise have helped define their tight and recognizable sound, a mix of passion and maturity that only comes with experience. Playing festivals and clubs in countries like France, Italy, Austria and Hungary (among others) consolidated their reputation and earned them many an enthusiastic press reviews all around Europe.
Through the years Blues Wire have often backed up top blues artists such as Katie Webster, John Hammond, Larry Garner, Big Time Sarah, Carey and Lurrie Bell, Angela Brown, Louisiana Red & Al Copley, to mention a few, proving they can keep up with the best of them. They have also opened for legendary musicians like Buddy Guy, John Mayall, Albert King, Otis Rush and The Fabulous Thunderbirds.
Their skill and musicianship led to memorable jam sessions with blues pioneers like Champion Jack Dupree, rising stars like Sherman Robertson and well-known British blues players like Dave Kelly & Doctor Feelgood .
Blues Wire have provided the foundation of the Greek blues scene and the main inspiration for many younger musicians, while leader Elias Zaikos (guitar, vocals) is considered the most important blues artist in the country.
2006 marks the release of their first – ever DVD entitled “Two Shows” capturing the band at its best, including many new original songs.
Some comments on the work of ELIAS ZAIKOS & BLUES WIRE
“The best blues band in Europe - they deserve a wider audience”,
“The tragic flaw of most European blues musicians is not to be found in Blues Wire. There are no predictably banal hammered notes, no chicheish bending, no lifeless shuffles. Plenty of good taste, plenty of originality”,
International Herald Tribune
“Tough, tight and assertive”,
“The Greek blues quartet left us speechless! Elias Zaikos is a walking encyclopaedia of blues guitar”,
IlMessagero Veneto, Italy
“It is a common belief in our times that the blues has already become a world music, regardless of color or nationality, and Blues Wire are a living proof of this”,
John Angelatos / Red Rooster Promotion
“The best Greek blues musician”
“The sounds of Louisiana and Mississippi awaken through a Greek! He interprets the Blues with genuine passion and tension”
Pop and Rock Magazine
“What is brilliant with this musician is that he is based on a constant comment of the music he plays. He is performing an ‘imitation of an important and perfect act’, that’s it”
Panos Theodoridis, Playwright
DIG IT! (1984) – file under BLUESGANG
ON A SECOND THOUGHT (1985) - file under BLUESGANG
FIVE LIVE (1985) - file under BLUESGANG
WHO’S CALLING? (1987)
TRULY INTERNATIONAL (1989) with the International Blues Duo
BULLDOG BOOGIE (1993)
OFF THE BOX (1996) solo EZ
STEADY GIG (1999)
BETWEEN SPIRIT AND TIME (2000) solo EZ
LIVE AT THE GALLERY (2002) The Lo-fi kings
JIMI JAM (2004) solo EZ
TWO SHOWS (DVD 2006)
TAKE MY HAND TO THE SKY (collection 2007)
For additional info (photos, MP3 samples, booking etc.) please contact: http://www.blueswire.gr